[RECAP] Mentor Hub Mixer

Photo courtesy of @adriwall 31 students. 19 PR pros. 18 two-minute speed networking sessions.

Tuesday's "Mentor Hub Mixer" at Haworth | Interface was more than your average mentor experience.

So what was so different? WMPRSA has extended mentoring opportunities to students and professionals in the past, matching them based on experience and interests. But this year, we wanted to maximize the networking possibilities and let students meet a diverse group of professionals in one place. As students participated in the speed networking sessions, they noted which professionals inspired them the most. These recommendations will help the committee match students and professionals in the most relevant and beneficial way possible.

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Students from Ferris State University and Grand Valley State University inquired about work experience, finding internships, insight into different areas of PR, and so much more. Their enthusiasm, curiosity and energy was infectious. I left the event feeling inspired and proud to be part of the public relations community here in West Michigan.

Kudos to Jenny Luth, Clark Communications, for her great ideas to renovate this program.

Many thanks to everyone who attended and all the professionals who have agreed to mentor a student. You're not just making a different in a student's life, but also an investment in the future of public relations.

Professionals and students will be matched and notified early next month.

SEE ALSO: Tweets from the "WMPRSA Mentor Hub Mixer" on Storify

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WMPRSA Mentor Hub Mixer - 1/22/13 at the Haworth Interphase at MoDiv

WMPRSA MENTOR HUB MIXER | January 22, 2013 | Haworth Interphase at MoDiv - Downtown GR | 5:15pm – 6:30pm The West Michigan Public Relations Society of America is starting a program called, Mentor Hub for business professionals and students from local colleges and universities to offer  career counsel, knowledge, and wisdom to those juniors and seniors looking to make their career in communications.

January 22, 2013 will kick-off with an event that will entertain a unique start to pairing mentors and mentees. This event will allow potential mentors and mentees to be acquainted before being paired after the event. Mentors do not need to be members of WMPRSA, but must work in the communications field in order to participate.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

The night will start with networking, and quickly move on to a 'bio auction' where mentors will be introduced in game show-style with information from their resume, including current and past professional experiences, and hobbies. We might just say, “Come on down!”

From there, a speed dating set-up will allow mentors and mentees to have 1-2 minutes of face-time where they can become more acquainted.

Finally, mentees will have the opportunity to write down three mentor names they would choose to have as a mentor, descending in priority.

DETAILS

RSVP Jen Gilman, wmprsa@gmail.com Add “Mentor Hub Mixer” in the subject line. COST Free. Light Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided.

LOCATION Haworth Interphase at MoDiv (40 Monroe Center NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503) www.shopmodiv.com

PARKING Available parking near MoDiv http://ht.ly/gwcNo (Also please take advantage of the free one hour parking at the Monroe Center parking ramp).