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Baruch College's Mentor for a Morning
Offers Valuable Networking Opportunity for Students

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NEW YORK, NY- November 19, 2014 - The Executives on Campus (EOC) at Baruch College welcomed more than 200 students who had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with business leaders for the Mentor for a Morning program on November 19.

Mentor for a Morning is a speed-networking event hosted by EOC that consists of an open networking breakfast, followed by individual mentoring sessions. In this highly competitive program, professionals from a variety of industries will be in attendance to mentor students of all majors, from all three Baruch schools in a one-on-one, 40-minute session exploring networking skills, industry trends, emerging fields and other career-related topics. This program is an excellent opportunity for Baruch students to network with executives.


(Pictured right) Colin Lessard (EMBA '00), Director/Co-Head of Credit Products of Wealth and Investment Management for the Americas with Barclays Bank, is one of many EOC mentors who participates in the program regularly.

"Baruch students are more prepared than I was at their age," he said. "They are still in the early stages of starting their careers, but they have an idea of what they want to do. It's energizing to listen to them and to help them figure out solutions to the challenges they face as they work on their long-term goals."

Academic Year-Long Mentoring Programs are EOC’s cornerstone initiative. These programs serve current undergraduate and graduate students from all three Baruch Schools: the Zicklin School of Business, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Public Affairs. The Academic Year-Long Programs help Mentees define and achieve their career goals by providing Mentors to support, counsel and serve as role models for the Mentees. Mentors may serve as friend and advocate to their Mentees in addition to assisting and advising in their career development process.

Through mentoring, lectures and workshops, the Baruch College Executive on Campus [EOC] program, in its 12th year, provides undergraduate and graduate students with networking, interviewing and other essential “soft skills” vital to compete in the job market. EOC mentors, who are made up of alumni and friends of Baruch College, are current and retired corporate executives of major companies in and around New York City.

EOCMentorMorning3Accounting major Lavinia Preda (pictured left with mentor Mark Alimena) is a second-year EOC participant. Originally from Romania, Lavinia recently earned an 8-week internship with Deloitte in their auditing division. She says EOC's Mentoring Program has enabled her to build her confidence and seek new opportunities.

"The mentoring program has helped me develop long-term relationships with amazing business professionals," she says. "I've received wonderful advise that has helped me tremendously in my personal and professional life."

"With two children, I don't have time to be bored," says Lavinia, a mother of two young children (Anthony, 3, and Matthew, 1,) "My husband (Mihai) has been very helpful and supportive. And Baruch has been wonderful to me in providing me with such a great experience."

As Vice President of the Zicklin Women in Business group at Baruch, Lavinia has also invited many EOC mentors to speak at club gatherings. After graduation, Lavinia hopes to return to Baruch as a mentor to help future generations in their career development.

"I want to gain as much experience as I can in my professional life and come back to Baruch as a mentor and share it with the students so I can help them achieve their dreams," she says.

To learn more about Executives on Campus, email or call (646) 660-6088.




About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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