Empowerment, Diversity, Growth, Employability
The purpose of Mentorship EDGE is simple: to create an opportunity for motivated students to connect with and meet exceptional business leaders for ongoing mentorship.
Applications will re-open in the spring!
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First, we work with faculty and staff to pair students with mentors in their field of interest. Next, we introduce students to their mentors via email and recommend guidelines for their upcoming discussion. Then it's time for our participants' first in-person meeting! We host these sessions in small groups. Afterward, we encourage further development of your relationship. We ask that students take the initiative and stay in touch with their mentors. We ask that mentors respond enthusiastically, as their schedules allow. We also host an annual gathering for all past Mentorship Edge participants.
Each quarter, we invite students to participate in an introductory small group mentoring meeting. These groups consist of at most four students and one mentor. This limit keeps each session intimate which helps foster a more meaningful mentor/mentee relationship. Meetings are held at UW Bothell, Eastside Leadership Center, and our mentors' companies. They are usually 90 minutes in duration, and beforehand students and mentors review the Department of Education’s Employability Framework to guide their discussion.
Developing your relationship
Your ongoing engagement is key to make the most of this opportunity. Students, after your formal introductory meeting, we ask you to take the initiative to stay in touch with your mentor and connect at least once per quarter, or as desired. Reach out to them for further questions, coaching, and conversations! Mentors, we ask you to respond enthusiastically as your schedules allow. At the end of each year, we invite all past Mentorship EDGE participants to join us for a fun and informative summer quarter networking gathering.
How can I be a mentee?
New students are invited to join every quarter. Applications will open again at the beginning of spring quarter.
Applications Open in Spring
As space is limited, nomination does not guarantee registration. Spaces are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Business undergraduates and first-time participants typically receive priority registration.
If you would like to participate in Mentorship EDGE, please complete the request form above, or email the Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Prendergast.
How can I be a mentor?
Thank you for your interest. Please fill out this brief mentor interest form. You are also welcome to email the Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Prendergast, for more information on how to participate.
Additional information and resources
Mentorship EDGE FAQ
Can I meet with more than one EDGE mentor?
Each of our mentors are exceptional business leaders who are hand-selected to participate in this program. If space allows, we are happy to include you in more than one session.
Participants will also have the opportunity to meet all our program mentors at our annual summer networking gathering, and to connect with them immediatly on our program's LinkedIn group.
How do I stay in touch with my mentor?
Great question! After meeting with your mentor, please send them a thank you note- preferably on the same day. You are encouraged to stay in touch at least once a quarter as an engaged mentee after that. For example, you may ask if you can connect with them on LinkedIn, or meet with them again for coffee for ongoing mentoring.
Also, all of our EDGE alumni (mentors, mentees, and nominating faculty/staff) are invited to our annual summer networking event. This is another terrific opportunity for all alumni to connect with their mentors, as well as connecting with our other mentors and mentees.
When will Mentorship EDGE be offered again?
If you missed out on participating this quarter, don’t worry. We open applications for new students to join the program every quarter.
Read about some of our past mentors.
Hear from past mentees
“I enjoyed being able to ask some questions that I had about life. The mentor was way ahead of me in life and has already been through things I will one day face.”
“I really loved what the mentor had planned to say to us. He talked about the life advice, obstacles that may come ahead to be prepared for, and other very important information to know when we step into the real world.”
“Loved the opportunity to connect with a great leader and entrepreneur and hear directly about their stories. It was a fantastic experience to hear first hand tips and encouragement on how to go about the course, learn more about innovation etc.”
“I liked that our mentor was willing to share so much about his experiences and how they related to all the mentees even thought we were going into different fields. Also that they were willing to keep meeting with us.”