Mentors

mentors

Who is a Mentor?

A Mentor is a Villanova alumnus currently working in a business role who wants to share their knowledge with students through mentorship. Our program welcomes all Villanova alumni who ideally have 3+ years of work experience in business.

How do I join the program?

Sign up to be a mentor here.

What is the commitment level?

Mentees and Mentors are encouraged to talk on a monthly basis through the mentee’s graduation. However, the commitment level ranges based on the relationship of the pair. While some pairs prefer having monthly catch ups/check ins, other pairs speak as frequently as once a week. Communication is key to the success of a mentoring relationship. Ultimately, “what you put into the relationship is what you will get out.”

Tips for maintaining a great relationship:

  • Find common ground (hobbies, interests, etc.) and build on those
  • Be proactive, reach out to your mentee if you haven’t heard from them recently
  • Use all forms of communication
  • Meet face to face if possible, this is a great relationship-builder
  • Before you close your monthly conversation, set an agenda for the next meeting based specifically on what the student is working on
  • Help students understand the importance of preparation for career fairs, networking events and interviews.
  • Recognize your mentee’s accomplishments!
Aileen Grogan

Meet a Mentor:

Meet Aileen Grogan ’13 VSB!

“The VSB Mentor Program promotes personal and professional growth for mentees and mentors alike. By fostering a positive, candid and encouraging environment for students as they navigate the start of their careers, this program is an invaluable resource for VSB students.”

Contact:
Email: aileen.grogan@us.gt.com

Carl Schwind

Meet Carl Schwind ’87 VSB!

“'Never underestimate the valuable and important difference you make in every life you touch for the impact you make today has a powerful rippling effect on every tomorrow.' - Leon Brown. When I was a student, the advice of a mentor shaped my entire career and life.  I enjoy the opportunity to make that kind of difference for the students of today.”

Contact:
Email: Carl.schwind@gapinternational.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlschwind/