IBIT’s mentoring program pairs industry professionals with Temple students, presenting the mentor and the student with an opportunity to learn from one another. The program which started in Spring 2020, has served 155 mentees to-date.
Deepya Paramata, a freshman MIS student (MIS ‘25), values the mentorship since it allows her to lead conversations with someone in the corporate world. Since her initial meeting with mentor Niel Mundell, VP at AmerisourceBergen, an IBIT partner firm, she feels encouraged, accepts the ambiguity of technology, and embraces the never-ending learning process.
Chris Cera, CEO, Arcweb Technologies, IBIT advisory board member, enjoys his mentor role, appreciating the ability to help young people solve personal challenges.
According to Kelly Liu (MIS ‘25) the mentoring program presents her with the opportunity to improve her professional development with the guidance of an industry professional. Now, Liu finds herself seizing more opportunities that allow her to discover her interests and as a means to learn more about herself and her passion. For Liu, passion translates into motivation which is the key to moving forward.
Rich Rivara, CEO of Wave6, is enthusiastic about his continued involvement in the program. His passion for giving back to students and learning about their own passions excites his imagination. He believes the mentorship program bridges education and experience. Rivara seeks to ensure that mentees share his excitement by bringing the students into meetings to provide a realistic view of a day-in-the-life of working in the corporate world.
Connections between the mentors and mentees do not end with the program. Mentors often keep in touch with past mentees and continue to provide advice and nourish their passions.
Sondra Barbour, IBIT advisory board member and chair of the mentoring program notes: I think it is important to note that not only are the students gaining knowledge from their mentor, but the mentor is gaining knowledge from the mentee. Engaging with the students has provided an avenue for me to keep in touch with the quality of the students as well as what the students are thinking and feeling about the department and curriculum. It’s been a valuable program.
The select program involved 14 participants in Spring 2023 including Jacob Andrien, Yann Awede, Tyler Bolling, Vincent Bracey Jr., Jaidyn Brown, Jackson Carpenter, Reya Islam, Ayesha Khalid, Gabriel Lins, Deepya Paramata, Neel Patel, Shivam Patel, Jamie Rubin, and Blake Bray.
Mentors include Andrew Anania, retired EVP and CIO, Cigna, Sondra Barbour, Board of Directors for AGCO and Perspecta, Chris Cera, CEO, Arcweb Technologies, Dinesh Desai, Chairman, DARR Global Holdings, Inc., Larry Dignan, Editor in Chief, Constellation Research, Bruce Fadem, Retired VP and CIO, Wyeth, Vince Ford, SVP, Curtis Institute of Music, Jeff Hamilton, SVP, Pfizer Digital, Chris Kearns, VP, Kyndryl, Niel Mundell, VP, AmerisourceBergen, Sukumar Narayanan, President, DecisivEdge, Rich Rivara, CEO, Wave6, Craig Conway, FIS, Michael Luckenbill, Technology Manager, Capgemini, Dave Woodson, Director, KPMG, and Kevin Dang, Capabilities and Insights Analyst, McKinsey & Company.
To learn more, visit: https://ibit.temple.edu/ibit-mentoring-program/