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Stillman Students Connect with Marketing Pros
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Mentoring

This year, the Career Center, together with the Stillman School of Business, launched a mentoring program for students interested in consumer product and retail marketing. Eight undergraduates are working with members of Network of Executive Women (NEW), a national professional association that aims to help women advance their careers in the consumer products and retail industries.

"The Network of Executive Women is so pleased to partner with Seton Hall," says Lisa Mulyk, vice president of client services at Harris Interactive. "Our mentoring program has been a wonderful way to connect students with business leaders. Mentoring is an outstanding way to learn from one another. We all have our own unique knowledge to share and hopefully the relationship will give students a "leg up" when they take the next step towards a career."

Throughout the spring semester, Mulyk has been working closely with her mentee, sophomore marketing major, Anjelica Martino. Mulyk and Martino have have met several times and check in frequently by phone and e-mail. They began by setting goals for Anjelica to work on such as managing tight deadlines and working on multiple assignments. Mulyk suggested that Anjelica set "false deadlines" to give herself extra time to finish assignments without feeling too pressured.

The pair recently teamed up with other Seton Hall students and their mentors at a networking event sponsored by NEW, which took place at Liberty House in Jersey City. The program included a reception, attended by over 450 NEW members and a panel discussion with Joseph Sheridan, President and COO of Wakefern Food Corporation and a member the Stillman School’s advisory board. Other panelists included Diamond Foods President and CEO Brian J. Driscoll, Tanya Domier, CEO of Advantage Sales and Marketing and Helayne Angelus, Partner with Kalypso and former VP at Procter and Gamble.

Beth Randall Branigan, assistant director of the Career Center at Seton Hall, said the event was a great opportunity for students. "The conference gave them an opportunity to meet executives and marketing professionals from a broad industry and make the connections that could lead to internships and jobs."

Anjelica Martino used the NEW event to hone her professional networking skills. At these events, she explains, "I sometimes feel uncomfortable and stand back instead of participating. Lisa told me to just be myself. I was more relaxed and got a lot out of the experience. The people I met could just see me being me."

Anjelica hopes to continue working with her mentor next semester. She plans to focus on using LinkedIn to strengthen her professional outreach and wants to participate in some of the focus groups Mulyk is involved with. "The business world is so competitive," Anjelica says. "By providing this support for us, Seton Hall is opening the path to the business world and to being successful."

For more information please contact:
Beth Branigan
(973) 761-9355
beth.branigan@shu.edu

 

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