The Mentor Match relationship not only exposes a Mentees to valuable, professional insights, idea feedback, and industry perspectives, but it also accelerates learning, venture progress, and skill development.
WHO ARE OUR MENTORS?
Our Mentors are alumni and friends of Drexel who volunteer their time and expertise to help our Drexel community, and their ventures, grow and succeed. Our Mentors are founders, chairpersons, CEOs, chief technical officers, chief financial officers, directors, and advisors of successful companies. We carefully screen our Mentors to ensure that each Mentor exhibits the characteristics that the Close School values most: extensive and relevant experience, enthusiasm, active listening skills, the ability to communicate meaningful advice, and the time to participate. (“Learn more about our current mentors” button)
When a Mentee is matched with a Mentor, both parties commit to a minimum six-month relationship, which can be extended by mutual request. This relationship consists of regularly scheduled meetings, the establishment and meeting of time-sensitive goals, and the completion of surveys at the one-, six- and twelve-month marks. These surveys help us determine the efficacy of the Mentor/Mentor relationship. Ideally, we expect and hope that a Mentor/Mentee relationship will provide mutual benefit for both parties. If, however, a pairing is not a good fit, MentorHub administrators will assist the Mentee in finding a more productive Mentor/Mentee relationship.
Student and recent graduate Mentees have responsibilities as part of their participation in our MentorHub program. In preparation for every meeting, a Mentee should establish and share an agenda or other materials in advance of the meeting. A Mentee should be on time, clearly articulate their needs to the Mentor, and listen and accept constructive criticism. As follow-up, a Mentee should send an email to the Mentor that details what was discussed at the meeting, next steps, and any actionable goals that were established.
THREE TIPS TO ENSURE MENTEE SUCCESS
We understand that our students are often managing classes, jobs, clubs, and a social life, in addition to starting a venture. On the flip side, Mentors are also juggling careers, family, and other commitments and competing priorities. Be understanding and flexible if meetings need to be rescheduled.
MENTEE GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS
The start of the Mentor/Mentee relationship is the time to discuss and clearly define goals. At your first meeting, devise an agreement that includes a schedule of timely check-ins and clearly defined expectations.
If you become busy and are unable to keep a scheduled Mentorship meeting, be honest with your Mentor about your commitments and notify them in a timely manner.
POSSIBLE MENTOR/MENTEE ACTIVITIES
In addition to regular Mentor Meetings, your Mentor might suggest other activities to help you reach your goals and aspirations. These may include more informal meetings over coffee or lunch, random check-ins or short calls if you have a question that just can’t wait, shadowing your Mentor at their workplace, and attending professional networking events with your Mentor.
HOW TO BECOME A MENTEE IN THE MENTORHUB PROGRAM
- Becoming a member of our Startup Tree community. You can become a member at https://baiada.startuptree.co.
- Visit https://baiada.startuptree.co/page/mentor-match-program to view Potential Mentors. To learn more about a Potential Mentor, click “ABOUT” and then, if you wish, click “Request Mentor”. This request will be sent to the MentorHub Administrators who will approve the request.
- If the match is approved, you will be given access to the Mentor’s Schedule of Availability; you can then contact the Mentor to introduce yourself and schedule an initial meeting.
Debra is the founder of Communication Matters. A firm that combines her passion for mentoring with her expertise in the field of communications and marketing. Communication Matters helps entrepreneurs, universities and recent graduates succeed by helping them build their communication skills. https://baiada.startuptree.co/people/dmalinics.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSxtRsFHOkQ&feature=youtu.be
Michelle Carfagno is the CEO and Founder of The Greater Knead - a gluten and allergen - free brand that produces their own line of bagels and bagel chips and is a co-packer for other allergen - free businesses. The Greater Knead is a certified women's business enterprise. Michelle actively supports and encourages women in the business world as a mentor and as a leader in the Gluten and Allergen - free manufacturing world. https://baiada.startuptree.co/people/mcarfagno
Anne Cecil has almost 40 years of professional merchandising experience and is an active faculty member in the Design & Merchandising program at the Westphal College of Art and Design. Anne is an expert in customer profiling, visual merchandising, customer relationship management, branding and product development. Anne is also the founder of Roxannelava – a handmade, sustainable shoe company. https://baiada.startuptree.co/people/acecil
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-jYaK1kvdk&feature=youtu.be
Sunny Beth White
Sunny drives the promotion of global brands for pharmaceutical, medical devices, biotech, hospital systems, and healthcare companies with her creative agency, Xavier Creative House (XCH). Philanthropy is core to her business philosophy and built into everything she does with XCH. For more info on requesting Sunny as a Mentor, email Melissa Tevere at email@example.com.
A Drexel Alum, Bradley was the first sales hire and third employee at Zagster, where he worked for eight years. Recently, he has embarked on a new venture with startup, Vino Vest, where he works with investors of all sizes, advising them on alternative wine investments. https://baiada.startuptree.co/people/bericson