Corporate Mentor Program

Mentor Information

Mentors help students clarify and achieve goals, largely by just sharing friendship and advice. Volunteers mentors are mid- and senior-level executives who agree to meet with students at least once a month for the duration of the academic year. Mentors come a variety of industries, from both large and small companies, and from both sides of the Bay. A mentor is not necessarily an authority figure, but is a wise and trusted friend who provides advice, counsel, and access. They:

  • meet the student monthly at the workplace or another business
  • provide support and encouragement from time-to-time
  • offer advice and constructive criticism
  • provide access to key organizational or professional circles
  • demonstrate qualities successful business leaders possess
  • help students clarify goals and enjoy seeing students reach them


To volunteer in the program,
call or e-mail Olivia T. Davis:
(813) 974-0557,

Brian Lamb, CFO Fifth Third Bank - Mentor & Former Mentee

Brian Lamb

When I was a student at USF, I benefited from the Corporate Mentor Program pairing business leaders with students who are often the first in their families to go to college.

Frequently, they have not yet been able to see what it's like in the corporate world. They may not have witnessed, first-hand, what it means to be a professional and know why networking is an essential part of a successful career. I can look back and see how having a mentor impacted my career.

Now, as CFO for Fifth Third Bank, I am one of 72 senior-level professionals serving the business school as a mentor in the very same program that helped me (and nearly 500 other students since its 1987 inception).

It's gratifying to thank the mentors who influenced me personally and professionally by doing the same for two young men who are, like I was, on the brink of success and eager to soak up a few nuggets of advice along the way.