Monday, October 7, 2013 by: Lindsay Rittenhouse and Pamela Dungee
Students Sheena Shah, Noel Girgenti, Alison Kruse, Dhara Patel and
Rowena Klein, female members of the Stillman School of Business'
Leadership Development Honors Program, establish new mentorship program
titled, "Women Mentoring Women."
"This program provides one-on-one mentoring in which female
executives share their insights, experiences and the tools they have
found to be effective in achieving their personal and professional
goals," said Sheena Shah, Business School junior and one of the
founders. "We want female students to be aware of the opportunities AND
obstacles woman workers face."
The 18 students involved in the pilot (13 sophomores and five
seniors) will experience mentor relationships and have access to
networking events, internships/career opportunities, and panel
discussions where executives will talk about the challenges women may
encounter in their careers.
Women Mentoring Women Kick-off Event October 2 was the Women Mentoring Women kick-off event with guest speaker Rosalie Mandel, CPA. Mandel is a principal at Rothstein Kass, one of the world's most
trusted assurance, tax and advisory firms. She has been with the firm
for twenty years and was the first woman in the firm to become principal
of an office. Mandel is also founder and the principal-in-charge of
LIFE (Leadership, Inspiration, Family, Empowerment),
Rothstein Kass' women's initiative. The program has become a driver in
attracting, motivating and retaining talented employees through
innovative programs and a supportive workplace. Other initiatives of
LIFE include a high visibility mentoring program -- making Mandel the
perfect guest speaker at the Women Mentoring Women kickoff event in
Mandel spoke about self-confidence as a key, differentiating quality
in effective leadership. She also shared the importance of understanding
corporate culture. "I really don't believe in work/life balance – I
believe in integration. How do you define success? That’s your balance,"
During the event mentors and mentees also enjoyed dinner and networked.
According to Shah, the next steps for mentees are to set up at least
two meetings with their mentors before the end of the semester. Shah
says the founding team hopes to open the program to all female students
in the Leadership Development program by next year.
For more information please contact: Michael Reuter (973) 275-2528 email@example.com