Committee - Mentoring


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Upcoming Events

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Mentoring Volunteer imageFWA/Murry Bergtraum High School Mentees give back at Fall Homeless Banquets and a soup kitchen in November
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Mentees at Stomp eventFWA - Murry Bergtraum and Baruch Mentoring Program Holiday Event
December 8th was a great day for the Mentoring Committee as 68 Baruch College and Murry Bergtraum High School mentors and mentees attended the annual holiday event.
MBHS closing dinner photoMurry Bergtraum High School End-of-Year Dinner - June 4, 2013
MBHS graduating seniors at our closing dinner held on Tuesday June 4. From left to right the mentees are Karina Zoluaga, Janelly Grullon, India Summers, Graciela Alverado, Rosaly Salcedo, Yvonne Duong, Catherine Araujo, Jady Sanchez, and Ashley Jordan.
FWA Mentoring Scavenger HuntFWA Mentoring Committee Scavenger Hunt at the Metropolitan Museum - May 4, 2013
On May 4, 2013 an energetic group of mentors and mentees from Murry Bergtraum High School and Baruch College got into teams and participated in a Scavenger Hunt at the Metropolitan Museum. Our challenge was to answer a long list of tricky questions (put together by Secret City NY) within a tight time period, with a prize going to the team with the most correct answers. (Congratulations Carolina, Vanitha and Francoise!)... Read more
FWA Mentoring Committee Holiday Event with Alvin Ailey - Dec 2, 2012
December 2nd was an exciting day for the Mentoring Committee as 76 mentors and mentees attended the annual holiday event. The day began with a three course brunch at Brasserie Cognac where the Baruch and Murray Bergtraum High School mentees and mentors dined on delicious entrees and desserts... Read more
FWA/Baruch Luncheon Meeting – Nov 15, 2012
On Thursday - November 15, 2012, the FWA Mentoring Program at Baruch College held their final luncheon of the Fall semester. The session "Interviewing: How to Handle the Difficult Questions" allowed mentors and mentees to interact speed-networking style... Read more
FWA/Baruch Luncheon Meeting – Oct 25, 2012
Mentees, mentors and colleagues met on October 25 for another program in the FWA/Baruch Lunch & Learn Series: Building a Networking Strategy That Works, presented by FWA mentor Laura Smith Dunaief. Laura is the principal of a training consultancy that assists organizations with development and facilitation of customized programs addressing: Career Planning; Consultative Selling and Customer Service Skills; Management, Leadership and Communication Skills; and Financial Industry Products and Services. She shared her experience in the professional field by highlighting commonly overlooked networking opportunities and strategies. The program was followed by a Q&A session which allowed mentees to ask Laura questions about personal challenges with networking as college students and in their professional lives.
FWA-Murry Bergtrum High School Kickoff –
Oct 22, 2012

On Monday - October 22, 2012, the Mentoring Committee hosted its annual Kick Off at Murry Bergtraum High School for Business. This event (organized by the FWA Mentoring Committee Co-chairs Beth Dorfman and Francoise Jeanpierre) commenced the 2012-2013 academic year and included the FWA Mentoring Program's returning mentors and mentees with established relationships as well as welcomed new mentors and mentees, who joined in 2012...Read More
Baruch College FWA Kickoff – Sep 13, 2012
September 13, 2012 marked the 11th annual Kickoff of the FWA Mentoring Program at Baruch College. Over 50 FWA mentors, mentees and colleagues gathered at Baruch College to start off the year. 16 college juniors were accepted as new mentees this year, joining the 13 college seniors in their second year of the two-year mentoring program. Women attending the event had the opportunity to network, ask questions about the program, and connect with their mentors or mentees to jump start another exciting year of programming.
Mentoring Committee Bowling Party – May 6, 2012
On May 6, 2012 the Mentoring Committee hosted our second annual Bowling Party at Bowlmor Lanes near Union Square. An enthusiastic group of mentors and mentees from Murry Bergtraum High School (MBHS) and Baruch got together for some bowling fun and networking, too.
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Mentoring College Tours Highlights – April 27-28, 2012
A vibrant and enthusiastic group of mentees explored the world of College and, to their amazement, discovered opportunities that are within their reach.
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Purpose and Objectives
The Mentoring Committee brings to life the FWA's mission to connect, educate, and advance women to the next generation of business leaders. Since 1986, the Committee has provided one-on-one mentoring, beginning at the high school level at Murry Bergtraum HS for Business Careers and in 2002 with a program at Baruch College. Mentors share their professional knowledge and experience with mentees and assist mentees in developing critical thinking skills and in developing confidence in making wise choices.

According to the NYC Department of Education website, Murry Bergtraum has a 65.8% graduation rate and a 42.6% college enrollment rate. Since inception all MBHS mentees have graduated and enrolled in college. As detailed below, the high school program has been focused on making the mentees more confident, competitive and attractive college applicants with the goal of obtaining acceptances and scholarships at more selective colleges. Educational, cultural and social programs serve to widen the mentees' world and experiences. As a testimony to the success and importance of this program, attached to this report are several essays from MBHS seniors reflecting on the significance of our program in their lives.

The Baruch College program is more focused on career and professional development. As listed below, we had a number of very successful programs targeted to beginning careers and advancement, as well as developing networking and presentation skills. In a very challenging economic environment, our Baruch mentees demonstrate a high degree of success in landing internships and full time employment.

The Committee continues to work on the development of an online community, FWA Mentee Connect, utilizing Facebook as the platform. The online community will be a way to keep the Murry Bergtraum graduates/FWA scholarship recipients connected to the FWA and to provide support during college years. Bergtraum grads are generally scattered among various colleges and the FWA and Mentoring Committee wish to continue to stay connected with them. Over time, the online community will also include the Baruch mentees and serve as an additional resource for them. The Committee envisions that in the future, as the online community is developed, membership will be extended to other college students (for example: students participating in the Wall Street Exchange Program and students participating in programs offered by FWA Presidents' Circle companies).

Message from the Co-chairs
Just a friendly reminder not to forget or delay paying your FWA membership dues. In order to participate in our program you need to be a member in good standing.
New mentors: Do you know of any FWA members or prospective members who would make a great mentor? We always have more student applications for our program then mentors. If you have someone to recommend, please let us know and please encourage them to become involved. If the person is not yet an FWA member, we will help to expedite the process. Our events do count toward the 2 required events, so between the mentor meeting and the kick-off two events are covered.
Please let us know if you have any ideas for events/programs that you think would interest the group. Our event coordinators are busy planning the year and all suggestions are welcome.

Thanks for your continued participation with the Mentoring Committee. Your involvement, interest and accomplishments with the mentees is awesome and we appreciate it very much.

The High School Mentoring Program - Murry Bergtraum High School (MBHS)

The winning Scavenger Hunt team aka the"The Dark Town Strutters's Ball: (l-r) mentee Diana Liang, mentor Ling Tsou, mentee Bermania Binet, and mentor Pat Jaquay.

The school has a high proportion of students from households below the poverty level and is predominantly minority. It is now one of only a few large high schools in Manhattan as a result of the Department of Education’s strategy of shutting large high schools and creating smaller schools. MBHS has completed its own reorganization into smaller learning communities, with the goal of more individualized learning and enabling the faculty to better know the students within their sector. One result of the smaller learning communities is our ability to select mentees from a more qualified pool of applicants who are more focused on business careers. Many of our mentees are the first in their families to complete high school and/or look forward to college. Students applying to the FWA mentoring program generally represent a higher proportion of college bound students than the school’s general population.

Program Highlights

  • Kick Off Welcome Back event for Mentors/Mentees
  • SAT refresher course for Seniors.
  • Distribute and review updated information on scholarships and diversity recruitment to mentors and mentees. Update and distribute "College Binder" to all new mentors and mentees.
  • Upgrade programming for mentee weekly (7:30 a.m. meeting). Discussions have included review of scholarship opportunities and diversity recruitment information; visits by current Baruch mentees who attended Bergtraum; visit from diverse college students; how to position yourself in the athletic recruitment process; transitioning to college.
  • Program on Writing the College Essay – Emily Stone and a Program on Diversity and Multicultural Recruitment, Alan Paynter, Dickinson College.
  • Mentee community service project.
  • Implement changes to SAT preparation program by hiring a new vendor, monitoring attendance, participation, and results and rewarding success.
  • Orientation and recognition for mentors in the Fall and the following Spring
  • Business Etiquette Dinner at Bank of America Executive dining room, facilitated by Bridgitt Haarsgaard, Point Consulting.
  • College Visit – Overnight school sponsored visit to 4 colleges in Pennsylvania.
  • Closing Dinner.

The Baruch Mentoring Program

Mentor Application
Mentoring Application Form - Baruch College
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Baruch is the largest undergraduate business school in the U.S. and has been nationally ranked in several areas. Many of the college’s students, and reflected in the make-up of the mentees in our program, are recent immigrants or the children of immigrants. The focus of the FWA’s mentoring program at Baruch is on career and personal development. Baruch mentees are invited to attend appropriate FWA events at no charge, as well as to participate in networking opportunities with mentors and others. In addition to our programs for the mentees, several President’s Circle FWA supporters have hosted programs for the mentees. This year Bank of Montreal hosted a career panel discussion: Shaping and Defining Your Career Path.

Mentee Pricilla Posada with her
mentor Gerri Facchine.

Program Highlights

  • Fall Kick Off Luncheon for mentors and mentees.
  • Building Leadership Connections. An interactive program delivered by a senior HR person from New York Life using an interpersonal model that can significantly improve the ability to create and sustain powerful personal connections.
  • Business Etiquette Dinner program hosted by Bank of America at the NYC Executive Dining Room focusing on etiquette at the table and in meetings. Bridgitt Haarsgaard from Point Consulting facilitated the meeting.
  • Managing Your Career for Optimal Success. Advice, techniques and tips to maximize personal career potential from Charlotte Lee, an expert in the field.
  • "How to Leverage Your Background and Advance Your Career", hosted by New York Life Insurance Company at their NYC corporate office. Led by partner, Bianca O'Brien, a panel of NYL professional women discussed their careers, including education, job responsibilities, career paths and inside advice for achieving success in today's work environment.
  • Kathryn Mayer discussed her book "Collaborative Competition" on how to use competition in the workplace to one's advantage. The interactive program used the insights of women interviewed for the book as well as audience questions and reactions.
  • "Career Advice from the Experts", an interactive program between mentors and mentees to give mentees the opportunity to ask mentors about their careers and receive professional advice from them.
  • Closing Dinner

Joint Programs

Mentors and mentees alike from both programs attended the holiday luncheon ad performance of the Nutcracker in the winter and a Bowling party in the spring.

Special thanks

To the FWA leadership and membership for the support given to the Mentoring Committee throughout the year.

The Leadership Group who plan activities, discuss and solve programs, and manage the programs: Françoise Jeanpierre and Beth Dorfman, Co-chairs; Cher Agbayani, Christine Birnbaum, Ellen Cahill, Peggy Decker, Phyllis Haberman, Margaret Schramm Horn, Danille Jager, Wendy Leibowitz, Stephanie Lew, Patricia Lucey, Alyce Mayo, Shweta Raiji, Rosemary Saurer.

Baruch Mentors: Andrea Neumann; Ann Lemon; Christine Birnbaum; Francine Riemer; Cindy Gerhard; Danielle Harrington; Ellen Cahill; Jill Shann; Gail Vennitti; Gerri Facchine; Heather Judnick; L'Hava Israel; Joanne Feierman; Karen W. Lavi; Laura Smith Dunaief; Maureen McCarthy; Marlene Regalado; Marnie Everline; Mary Greenebaum; Olena Paslawsky; Meghan Gorman; Moira McGrane; Natalia Ruderman; Rhonda Halpern; Pat Cappeto; Patricia Kozu; Patti Mittelman; Tina Vizzini; Ruth-Ellen Simmonds; Stephanie Hauge; Susan Perry; Yolanda Crawford; Jane E. Bernardini.

Murry Bergtraum Mentors: Ajita Abraham; Annette Stewart; Barbara Cohen; Cynthia Drew; Devangi Chopra; Beth Dorfman; Françoise Jeanpierre; Frances Melville;
Holly McNulty; Kalinka Moudrova-Rothman; Linda Kenyon; Loretta Roland; Margaret Schramm Horn; Marilyn Thypin; Mary Anne Liss; Mindy Kipness; Patricia Lucey; Peggy Decker; Phyllis Haberman; Rosemary Saurer; Salma Abdulla Goldstein; Shweta Raiji; Stephanie Lew; Susan Jankowski.
  Last updated:
  May 1, 2014