Reilley Dennis

Mentoring Program Overview

The Spears School Mentoring Program provides an opportunity for alumni and friends to interact with Spears Business graduate and undergraduate students (protégés). Protégés develop professionally from the mentors’ skills, support, experience and coaching.

The mentoring program runs concurrently with the spring and fall semesters.

Each semester, one reception will be held on campus to allow face-to-face communication between mentors and protégés. Other program communication is anticipated to be largely by phone or email. Mentors and protégés should communicate at least bi-weekly during the four month mentoring connection.

The program is not intended to be a job-hunting or recruiting vehicle. This program will provide protégés with an opportunity to network and gain insight that may impact their career and future. It gives mentors the opportunity to give back to the Spears School of Business and Oklahoma State University.

Who is eligible?

Protégés: Spears School of Business undergraduate students classified as a sophomore, junior, or senior and all Spears School of Business graduate students. Click here for protégé expectations.

Expectations of Protégés

  • Communicate with your mentor bi-weekly via e-mail, phone, or face-to-face meetings
  • Initiate communication with your mentor within 48 hours of the connection notification
  • Read the Spears School Mentoring Program Handbook and use these tips to prepare for each call/meeting you have with your mentor
  • Attend the mentoring reception hosted on campus each semester
  • Commit the time needed to make this a successful relationship
  • Participate in the end-of-semester program survey

Mentors: Professionals who are alumni or friends of the Spears School of Business or Oklahoma State University that are committed to participating in the professional development of our students. Click here for mentor expectations.

Expectations of Mentors

  • Commit the time needed to give the protégé access to you in order to advise them and assist with reaching their established goals for the mentoring relationship. This could include:
    • Provide career advice
    • Enhance professionalism
    • Offer guidance regarding transition from academia to the business environment
  • Communicate with your protégé bi-weekly via e-mail, phone, or face-to-face meetings
  • Read the Spears School Mentoring Program Handbook and use these tips to prepare for each call/meeting with your protégé
  • Attend the mentoring reception hosted on campus each semester
  • Participate in the end-of-semester program survey

The Mentor – Protégé Connection

  • Mentors and protégés will be required to complete a brief personal profile. Matches will be made based on the answers to the profile questions.
  • We will make every attempt to connect all registered mentors and protégés each semester, but based on capacity, there may be a semester when you are not connected with a mentor/protégé.
  • The mentor connection is made during the first two weeks of the spring and fall semester each year. Both the mentor and protégé will receive an email notification from Chronus with their connection information.
  • The protégé is required to contact their assigned mentor within 48 hours of receiving their match notification in order to introduce themselves and schedule their first phone call.
  • The mentor/protégé connections run concurrently with the spring and fall semesters (approximately four months per semester). Some mentors and protégés may choose to participate in sequential semesters. The decision to remain with a currently assigned mentor or protégé – or to be assigned to a new one for the next semester – is left to the discretion of the mentor and protégé.
  • Participant feedback is welcome and encouraged. A formal survey will be sent at the end of the semester for feedback, but feel free to contact the program manager, Brandy Polo at any time to provide feedback about the program.
  • Chronus Mentoring Software has been implemented to facilitate mentoring connections. If you are interested in being a part of the mentoring program as a mentor or protégé (student), join and complete your profile by clicking on the following link: www.okstate.chronus.com