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."
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