At Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), UK, it was identified from a post graduation survey that certain groups of students on specific programs were lagging behind their peers in employment and salary post graduation. The initial group identified was female, Asian students. The issue gained the attention of the female board members of the University Advisory board. The University has a wide and varied career service offering, an extended focus on equality and inclusivity and many other support services and initiatives to promote inclusivity and equality. However, at this particular occasion, it was clear that something else was needed to try to support the identified group. The idea of a mentoring program was identified. A mentoring program is not new but the importance of a mentoring relationship is increasing. Since 2020 millennials is the largest generation of the workforce. In a recent survey 75% of millennials stated they deem mentors crucial for success. What is making this mentoring program unique is the focus on aligning CSR goals of organisations with targeting specific student groups, giving equitable and inclusive possibilities to students. The audience will take away tools and a process to be able to replicate and implement an inclusive and equitable Corporate Partner Mentor Program at their own institution. The talk will discuss; *how partner organisations were identified based on their CSR goal, *how student groups were identified and engaged, *how mentors and mentees were matched, *supportive and less supportive stake holders and *key initial learning from the pilot completion
Patricia Perlman-Dee, CFA, is a Senior Lecturer in Finance and the Employability Lead at Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), UK. Patricia is an experienced presenter and has extensive experience working in large financial corporations; Citigroup, JPMorgan, Nomura and Barclays in Manchester, London and New York. Patricia has created and teaches a range of courses across UG, PG, MBA and Executive Education. In 2021, 2020 and 2019, Patricia was awarded the Faculty of Humanities AMBS Outstanding Teaching award.