Corporate Mentor Program
Professional Development (GEB 3033)
This course is designed to provide students in the Corporate Mentor Program with the
opportunity to learn the distinct features of professional development focusing on
interpersonal communication. Students take this course within the Fall of the academic
year they are admitted into the program.
Negotiations with Dean Moez Limayem
Great leaders are great negotiators. The Corporate Mentor Program equips students
with the innovative negotiation strategies you need to excel at the bargaining table.
Proper dining etiquette is something that most people are not exposed to during everyday
life, dining etiquette in a business environment can improve students confidence when
meeting potential clients or senior executives. We strive to prepare students to face
any business or social cocktail party, reception or networking event with poise.
Professional Development is about better preparing students to be able to enter the
business world in any environment. One environment that many students do not get an
opportunity to learn about in other classes is the formal function environment. The
three week dance instruction series taught by Tom Stango gives students the opportunity
to practice the proper way to conduct themselves at formal dancing functions, a formal
ball, company functions, or any other circumstance where formal dancing is appropriate.
Business Improvisation workshops are held throughout the year to teach students critical
communications skills necessary for business success. Taught by an alumna of the famed
Second City Improv troupe, Nicolas Riggs. Students develop communication skills and
are taught to think a step ahead to gain confidence in public speaking as well as
professional networking settings.
Corporate Mentor Program students complete on average 350+ plus Academy Prep mentoring
hours. The mission of Academy Prep is, "To inspire and empower students qualifying
for need-based scholarships to become future community leaders through a rigorous
middle school program coupled with ongoing graduate support." Students not only give
back to the community through Academy Prep, but many also give back by mentoring elementary
or middle schoolers through Big Brothers Big Sisters or Junior Achievement programs.
Networking and Company Tours
Professional development programs are offered just for Corporate Mentor Program participants. Corporate tours help students practice networking opportunities in real time while workshops such as "Dress for Success," "Branding Yourself," "How to Work a Room," and "Business Etiquette" give students practical instruction and tips for both professional and personal development.