School of Business Administration

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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Women in Business Mentor Program

Women in Business Mentorship Program

The Women in Business Mentorship Program at the Oakland University School of Business empowers female-identifying students with access to professional role models who can offer valuable perspective and inspiration to students as they navigate from college student to business professional.

The program runs during the academic year, beginning with a kick-off in September and a luncheon in April. Between those two events, mentors and mentees meet once a month in the format that works best for the pair. Meetings can be in person, by phone or video call. Activities and discussions might include job search and interview advice, resume review, job shadowing or whatever the pair determines best meets the mentees’ needs. The goal is for the student to develop confidence and cultivate a resource as she graduates to her first professional position.

Mentor

Guiding promising young business professionals from college to career offers rewards for mentor and mentee. Sharing your experience and knowledge impacts your mentee’s future as well as your own. In addition to the satisfaction of boosting a future colleague, as a mentor you’ll strengthen your coaching and leadership skills.  A Sun Microsystems study shows mentors are six times more likely to be promoted than employees who don’t mentor.

Program Commitment

  • Attend both the fall kick-off event and the spring appreciation luncheon
  • Timely communication with the program coordinator and mentee
  • Open communication with your mentee
  • Six meetings with your mentee between October and March (face-to-face, phone or video chat)

Interested in learning more or getting involved?
Complete and submit the Mentor Application form or contact Tiffany LeDonne-Smith at tledonne@oakland.edu.

Mentee

Mentors are important to career success. Professional mentorship offers a wealth of advantages. From one-on-one conversations offering advice on career-related questions to polishing your resume, forming a professional bond with someone who has the experience you aspire to have can lead to a powerful career advantage.

Program Commitment

  • Attend both the fall kick-off event and the spring appreciation luncheon
  • Timely communication with the program coordinator and mentor
  • Open communication with your mentor
  • Six meetings with your mentor between October and March (face-to-face, phone or video chat)

Spots are limited, so please complete and submit the Mentee Application form for consideration.