Summer 2015

Mentors Make a Difference

A message from your alumni association president

125x125Andrew ShaoAs I reflect on all that we have accomplished in the past year, I feel proud to be part of an alumni community that remains dedicated to advancing the Friedman School mission. Last fall we launched the Friedman School’s first alumni mentoring program. This pilot program, which was conceptualized, designed and initiated by a group of devoted alumni volunteers, connects students with alumni mentors to support their professional growth. It is an 18-month mentorship guided by the student’s interests and career-development goals. The program is an excellent example of the valuable contributions alumni can make to the Friedman community well beyond graduation. We will be seeking new mentors this fall, and I encourage you to consider volunteering your time and expertise to mentor a Friedman student.

It has also been an incredibly successful year for our existing alumni association programming. We welcomed more than 400 guests at our 2015 All-Alumni Reunion events, hosted three informative career panels, met with 26 accomplished alumni volunteers during our annual Washington, D.C., networking trip and engaged a record number of alumni in the university-wide #GivingTuesday initiative. It is clear that alumni are enthusiastic about maintaining a connection with the Friedman School.

I am eager to see what we will accomplish in the future. If you would like to become more involved or have suggestions regarding alumni programming, please feel free to contact me at I look forward to seeing you at events in the near future.

Andrew Shao, N00
President, Friedman School Alumni Association 

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