In 2005, the Desautels MBA program celebrated its 40th anniversary. At the ceremony, surrounding this event, a group of female MBA students and alumni discussed the unique challenges and opportunities that executive women face today. Inspired MBA student, Anne Delorme, explored the possibilities of connecting these pioneering career women and alumnae with current MBA students, and thus the MBA Mentoring Program was borne.
Over the past three years, the Desautels Faculty of Management has worked to ensure its programs and initiatives offer the most relevant business education possible, particularly in terms of graduate career support and career preparation. Desautels administration and Career Services have worked in tandem to deliver a successful MBA mentoring program available to all of its MBA students. They have done so by leveraging the Faculty's strengths, connecting with over 40 years of MBA graduates, and drawn from the program’s significant reputation within the business community.
Each year, fresh new perspectives expressed by both students and mentors allow for the program to evolve. Considering their valuable input, the program is continually adapted to respond participants’ needs.
In 2009, the MBA Mentoring Program was extended to male students making the invaluable opportunity to engage with professionals available to all MBA students.