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Mentor Match

mentor match

More than 30 successful entrepreneurs and businesspeople have volunteered to share their experience, enthusiasm, and expertise with Drexel students and alumni as part of our Mentor Match program, featured on our Start Up Tree platform (

Dan McCartan of ADH Do said this of his experience as a Mentee:

"Access to mentors was the most valuable part of my experience at the Baiada Institute; not just for the insightful conversations but also for the ability to leverage the depth of their experience and network connections. For me, personally, the most meaningful outcome was the genuine relationship that formed between me and my mentor. That relationship was more valuable than the knowledge capital I gained."

For students looking for a mentor:

It's easy to sign up to be a part of our Mentor Match Program! First, sign up as a member of Start Up Tree at Second, click on "People" and then "Mentors" to access a list of potential mentors. Learn more about each mentor by clicking "About". Once you have chosen a Mentor to work with, click "Request Mentor". A Baiada staff member will review your request to ensure that you and the mentor you selected are a good match. Once your Mentor Match has been approved, you will be notified via email with "Next Steps", a link to your new Mentor's Schedule of Availability, their email and their preferred meeting location (in person, over Skype or Zoom or by phone.) Questions? Email the Melissa at

For mentors (and potential mentors):

Contact the Baiada Institute team at to learn more about becoming a mentor.

Fall Featured Mentors

Debra Malinics

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.

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Michelle Carfagno

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.

Anne Cecil

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.

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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

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Bradley Ericson

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.