Speed Mentoring For Success

Posted: 6/29/2011

Press Release Provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

On June 23, the Chicago Fed hosted a career preparation "speed mentoring" event that connected 20 college students from the Chicago Scholars Foundation with 6 local executives from the Chicago United (CU) Leaders Council.  The event gave students the opportunity to share their career strategies and get practical advice from successful business leaders.

Senior Vice President Valerie Van Meter, a CU Leaders Council member, represented the Bank and offered counsel as a mentor.  She shared her education and career experience with students, explaining that continual learning is needed throughout the life of one's career in order to succeed in any field.  She also encouraged them to start their post-graduation job planning while they're still in school by exploring internship programs and using their program and college contacts to introduce them to potential employers.
The event was created through a partnership between the Chicago United Leaders Council and the Chicago Scholars Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that prepares students from their junior year in high school through college graduation and the transition to the workforce or graduate school.  This development supports Chicago United's goal to build a diverse talent pipeline to ensure economic, civic and cultural advancement throughout Chicago.

Chicago United is an organization of local CEOs and business leaders dedicated to closing the gap between race and business. Leaders work together to advance diversity and inclusion in hiring and promotion, board member development, and supplier diversity.

The Chicago Fed actively supports Chicago United through the participation of:

Gordon Werkema, First Vice President
Valerie Van Meter, Senior Vice President
Jere Boyle, Economic Development Manager, Community Development & Policy Studies
Deb Baldwin, Assistant Vice President, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Other executives in attendance included:

Lance Foster, Vice President, Ralph C. Moore & Associates, Inc.
Maribel Mata Benedict, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP
Juan C. Avila, Senior Vice President, Investment Advisory, Mesirow Financial
David Rudd, Vice President, Weber Shandwick Worldwide
Darryl Tom, Partner, Gonzalez, Saggio and Harlan, LLC