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Leadership Development Honors Program Establishes Women Mentoring Women Program
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Rosalie Mandel with founders of the Women Mentoring Women Program
Rosalie Mandel with founders of the
Women Mentoring Women Program

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.

The student team is guided by an executive committee comprised of Michael Reuter, director of the Center for Leadership Development; Joyce Strawser, dean of the Stillman School; several female members of the Center's leadership council; and friends of The Leadership Center.

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 several ways.

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," Mandel shared.

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


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