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Pamela J. Kalbfleisch is the Charles R. "Chuck" Johnson Endowed Professor of Communication at the University of North Dakota. She is the author of Mentoring Enactment Theory. Her research centers on issues of trust and distrust in relationships and how people can use communication to develop relationships with others particularly with mentors and sources of support. She has studied women entrepreneurs in the context of broader networks and women's mentoring relationships. She is particularly interested in helping members of underrepresented groups find mentors and sources of social support.