Student Resources

Business Mentorship Program: Inaugural Event, November 2013

On Friday, November 8, 2013 from 4 to 6 p.m., students and business professionals gathered together to celebrate the first ever Business Professional Mentorship Program “Mentor - Mentee: Meet & Greet Event” held in the Board Room of Monte Ahuja Hall. The event showcased the mentor-mentee pairings and kicked off the Monte Ahuja College of Business mentorship program.

The Business Professional Mentorship Program is designed to bring current students, alumni and Greater Cleveland business professionals together, allowing for a real-life connection for CSU students to build knowledge, skills and professionalism while attaining goals for career development. In turn, the process allows the mentor to enhance his or her own skills, proficiency and expertise by sharing in the development of a future professional. All mentors are experienced and trusted professionals who offer the student mentees an opportunity to enhance their learning experience in the world outside of the College of Business. The mentors for the initial program represent the following organizations:

  • AmTrust North America
  • Applied Industrial Technologies
  • BDP Consultants, LLC
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Cleveland State University
  • D2 Consulting Services
  • Eaton
  • Factset Research Systems
  • KeyBank
  • Meaden & Moore, Ltd.
  • NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Nestle USA
  • Progress Properties Inc.
  • United Way of Greater Cleveland
  • Vocational Guidance Services

The Program’s Key Features Include:

  • Strong focus on participation of professionals and students from underrepresented groups
  • Enrich the urban and university community through outreach, service and partnerships with diverse communities
  • Representation from Monte Ahuja College of Business alumni participating in the program
  • Shadowing Career Day - take your mentee to work for a full or half day


Expected Student Mentee Outcomes:

  • Provide support with major decisions concerning degree plan and career goals
  • Prepare for professional business society with a professional networking group
  • Increase visibility and connections to minority professionals within a career path
  • Strengthen recruitment, retention, achievement and graduation of diverse students
What mentees are saying:

“My mentor and I got along so great. I was extremely impressed with how we were paired up. We have set up a day to meet and she is already giving me lots of internship information and also helping me get some experience by working with her. Thanks!”

“Everything I have experienced about the program so far, deserves positive feedback. I'm not sure how you determined which mentors and mentees to pair up, but my mentor… is absolutely wonderful."

What mentors are saying:

"I’m looking forward to being able to share my professional advice, experiences, and knowledge with [my mentee].  Thanks.”

“I thought you did an excellent job on the pairing for [my mentee] and I. We had a lot to discuss. She is very enthusiastic and motivated and I am very excited to work with her. Great job on the kickoff!”

“[My mentee] is scheduled to stop in … at my SharePoint training… to do some networking with other IT professionals. Many years ago I had a mentor in college who was a nice go-to person for the second opinion you might say. I hope to return the positive experience I had way back when!”

“The kick-off event was very organized and it was a perfect way to meet [my mentee] for the first time and to start to get to know him.  I’m not sure what you did to prepare the students but I thought they were well prepared with questions and what they expected to accomplish from the program.”

For More Information please contact the office of Undergraduate Programs and Student Services:

Anna Gibson Anne Nelson, M.Ed.

Diversity Program Specialist