Bennie Mentor Program
The Bennie Mentor Program was created by members of the CSB Alumnae Board to foster an exchange of ideas, friendship and expertise between alumnae, young and old. Participants enjoy excellent opportunities to build their personal and professional networks through informal and formal exchanges with other Bennies. It is an alum-to-alum mentor program (NOT for students).
The application period for the 2021-2022 Bennie Mentor Program will be open until July 31, 2021.
You have insights to share!
Current applicants are looking to explore growth areas such as career change/advancement, friendship, spirituality, volunteering, leadership, budgeting and work/life balance.
They’re seeking mentors with experience in areas such as advertising/PR/marketing, entrepreneurship, environmental sciences, first-gen experience, foreign service, global health, higher education, international relations, law, motherhood, nonprofits, medicine, nutrition, retirement, science and education.
There’s lots to learn!
The alumnae who are on board to mentor are looking to share their experiences and support in areas such as career development, diversity, spirituality, family/parenting/motherhood, finances, first-gen experience, friendship, re-entering the workplace, grad school/career decisions, life transitions, health and wellness, practical matters, relocation, volunteering and work/life balance.
They bring career experience in areas such as advertising/PR/marketing, cultural integration, global business, grants and technical writing, health services, human resources, law, medicine, nonprofits, physical therapy, operations, finance, project management, psychology, sales, self-employment, ROTC and education
1. How do I sign up?
Complete the online application between June 1 and July 31 in order to be considered during the match process. If you are interested in joining the Bennie Mentor Program after the enrollment period, we will try to find you a match. We cannot guarantee participation in the Bennie Mentor Program this year, however we will try to accommodate late enrollment up to one month after the deadline.
2. What's the time commitment?
The program runs September through May each year. During this time, you agree to connect with your Bennie match at least once a month. Connections can take place in person or viturally. We provide you with an orientation and resources to support your experience.
3. What's the criteria for being a mentor?
Simply the desire and capacity to share your life and professional experience with another Bennie who is seeking career and/or personal guidance and friendship.
4. Do I have to live in the Twin Cities to participate?
No. While many of our alumnae live in the Twin Cities area, matches can be made between alums living in other parts of the world. Technology provides many great tools for connecting from a distance.
Note: dates will continue to be added
|June 1 - July 31||Online applications accepted|
|Sept. 7||Matches announced|
|Sept. 14||Program orientation & kick-off event|
|Oct. 2021||Check in email from Mentor Workgroup|
|Nov. 2021||Mentor newsletter|
|Jan. 2022||Mentor virtual event|
|Feb. 2022||Mentor newsletter|
|March 2022||Mentor newsletter|
|April 2022||Closing of the program|
Please contact Amy Anderson, assistant director of alumnae relations, at [email protected] or 320-363-5233.