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School Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Mentor Program

September 23, 2015
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Marley Breslin, a junior in the School of Business majoring in finance, knows that advice from an experienced professional can be invaluable in planning a future career path. She joined the school's Mentor Program this fall, and soon connected with her mentor, Kimberly Arguello (MBA '08), a investment analyst with WE Family Offices." Already, I have a better idea of where I want to be," Breslin says. "I'm really looking forward to next meeting."
Breslin was among the 100-plus undergraduates, graduate students and mentors who gathered September 17 to kick off the 25th year of the School's Mentor Program.

"One of our top priorities is ensuring the relevancy of our educational programs," said Gene Anderson, dean of the School of Business, after welcoming the mentors and mentees. "Our Mentor Program gives students an opportunity for one-on-one personal engagement with community leaders, helping them connect the dots from the classroom to the business world."

At the reception, Erik Tarrash, a JD-MBA student, met his mentor, Stephen Schaefer, (BS '80, MBA '86), a senior vice president at UBS Financial Services. "I'm looking forward to getting his insights on private wealth management," Tarrash said.

For Schaefer, a mentor for more than 10 years, the reception provided an opportunity to get acquainted with Tarrash, make plans for their ongoing monthly meetings, and reconnect with School of Business. "I've worked with some great mentees through the years, Schaefer said. "It's a pleasure to help these motivated students, and I always learn something new along the way."

introduced Others in attendance included Peter Kleinerman, president of Jadan Capital Corp., who was one of the founding mentors 25 years ago, and Peter Leitten, who drove from Orlando to attend the reception.

“We're very grateful to all our mentors who have given their time and their knowledge to helping our students,” said Nancy Hullihen, executive director of Alumni Relations and Development. "With today's technology, you can be a mentor without having to live here in Miami.”

"This will be one of the best things you will get from the U," said Marli Lutz, director of alumni relations and development, during the orientation for new mentees." You won't get a grade, but you will get the benefit of your mentor's knowledge, experience and attention.”

That was certainly the case for Viviana Soto, a second-year MBA student who is spending a second year with her mentor. "A good mentor can support you in many ways, from advising on resumes, cover letters and interviews to opening the door to internships and referrals," she said at the orientation. "I found the Mentor Program to be an incredible learning experience, while preparing you to go out to the world with greater knowledge and confidence."

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