The Williams College of Business is aggressively positioning itself within the Cincinnati business community. New dean Ali Malekzadeh is setting up a board of executive advisors within each of the college’s departments, holding classes in the conference rooms of area businesses, and creating a new program in which sophomore business students are being paired with executives for mentoring.
Mentors are more commonly linked with those who are closer to entering the job market, but Malekzadeh wants to start earlier.
“These are only sophomores, so the mentors know they’re going to be somewhat unpolished,” says Sarah Mock, director for the college’s co-op program. “It’s not like they’re looking for an intern to hire. It’s more like they’re taking a ball of clay and helping mold it. They’re there to advise, coach, encourage.”
The executives are asked to take the students to lunch and a professional meeting, let them shadow them for a day, critique a résumé and stay in contact with them.
Anyone interested in mentoring can call Mock at 513 745-4869.