June 3, 2011

Emory University’s Goizueta Business School Mentoring Program

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 6:24 pm by Keith Knutsson

By Keith Knutsson The Goizueta Mentor Program at Emory University is designed with each student’s academic needs and personal goals in mind. To this end, students who choose to participate in the business school’s Mentor Program are required to complete a detailed application prior to being matched with an alumni or faculty representative. Once a student has outlined his or her specific area of professional focus, members of Goizueta Business School’s Alumni Advisory Board meet with a panel of professors to ascertain an appropriate course of action that best serves that student’s particular interests. At the beginning of the school year, mentors and protégés are introduced to one another at a casual kick-off event, laying the foundation for a partnership that continues over the course of a student’s tenure in the program. Striving to construct a solid foundation for open dialogue, Alumni Advisory Board members such as Keith Knutsson take time out of their busy schedules to ensure that every student feels comfortable contacting his or her assigned mentor whenever the need arises. Program guidelines suggest that a student converse with mentors on a regular basis, meeting in person or emailing at least once a month. In some cases, protégés can request a mentor’s presence in a classroom setting, time and situation permitting. As many alumni hold demanding jobs outside of Atlanta, the city that Emory University calls home, the Mentoring Program channels considerable resources to support communication via telephone or Internet. In conjunction with its Mentoring Program, Emory University enlists alumni like Keith Knutsson for the Goizueta Business School Alumni Entrepreneur Network (GAEN). Inviting guest speakers from the local, national, and international business communities to attend monthly gatherings at the university, GAEN benefits students and alumni representatives alike. Along with his fellow GAEN members, Keith Knutsson employs his professional experience to bolster student advisory activities, also exchanging ideas with his colleagues to expand growth opportunities on a variety of platforms outside of the Emory University alumni network. For more information about the Goizueta Business School’s Mentoring Program, visit http://www.goizueta.emory.edu/alumni/mentor.html.

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