VSB Celebrates National Mentor Month by Expanding Mentor Program

Villanova, PA., January 28, 2016 -- After a very successful two-year pilot program, the Villanova School of Business (VSB) Mentor Program is expanding. Established in January 2014, the VSB Mentor Program pilot paired 200 undergraduate women from the classes of 2016 and 2017 with volunteer VSB alumni mentors.  The program will now grow to include mentoring opportunities for VSB undergraduate male students and graduate students.  

New technology will also enhance the matching of mentee-mentor pairs for more impactful relationships, allow year-round recruiting of alumni mentors, and make program management more efficient and sustainable.

“The vision for the VSB Mentor Program is to give every business student an opportunity to have a meaningful, individualized relationship with an alumni mentor and establish a foundation for career development, success and fulfillment,” said Daniel Wright, PhD, Interim Dean of the Villanova School of Business. “The program hopes to perpetuate the cycle of Villanovans helping Villanovans by having student mentees stay connected in the future by becoming alumni mentors.”

“This is a great program—I highly recommend it to other students” said Jennifer Cacace ’08 VSB, mentor of Kellie Baran ’16 VSB. “It can be difficult to find this kind of relationship among Villanovans without a formal program to bring you together. I'm so grateful to be able to use my experience and pay it forward!”

For more information, please visit the Mentor Program page on the VSB website.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #24 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers or Institutes of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights, the Center for Church Management & Business Ethics and the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute) with each center and institute designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit business.villanova.edu. 

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