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Committees: Mentoring Steering Committee
 

Our Mentoring Mission


To provide opportunities for people development and/or capacity-building to Beacon members and new/existing partnerships in the Philadelphia region that aligns experienced with inexperienced professionals so that they can exchange expertise and innovation and provide economic growth for the region.

 

Our Vision


Beacon will be recognized as a valued resource for the development of new business ideas in support of the Greater Philadelphia Business community and act as source of value for sponsorships and members' development. 


 
 Greg Fegley, Co-Chair

Georgean Wardzinski, Co-Chair


Our Values


Partnerships exhibit the potential for benefiting both Beacon members and our partners, including creating economic growth

• Programs provide mentoring opportunities in one of the following: business planning, subject matter expertise (function, industry, technology), or personal development

• Programs are project focused and have specific timelines for completion

• No compensation is expected or given in return to the mentors for mentoring services

• Mentors will not solicit business during the mentoring relationship or for the duration of the program

• Mentors will adhere to the Beacon Code of Conduct and ethical business standards in all interactions with mentoring partners

 

Opportunities to Volunteer - We are always looking for people who want to help the community and themselves through service.  There are many ways you can share your talents to fit your schedule and available time:

 

 

  • As a mentor, providing guidance and expertise
  • As a judge of mentor/protégé projects or in competitions
  • As a partner program coordinator 
  • Developing general & program specific marketing collateral
  • As a ‘Mentorship Ambassador’ delivering ‘minute for mentoring’ messaging at subgroup meetings
  • Coordinating technology solutions for registering mentor volunteers and enabling efficient matching of talent to program opportunities
  • Developing mentoring support tools
  • Developing new business relationships as opportunities for mentoring programs

 

If any of these opportunities would help fulfill your desire to 'give back' you can sign-up here or contact Greg Fegley (gfegley@gmail.com) to learn more.

 

Our Process


The Beacon Mentor Committee strives to offer mentoring opportunities that best fit the needs and interests of our membership. We will seek Partners to facilitate Beacon Mentoring Services. When a new partner is identified the Mentor Program Committee will create a project based on the Partner's needs for expertise and type of help required. A Program Coordinator will be identified for each Partner. The program coordinator will oversee the relationship between Beacon Mentors and Partner protégés. The coordinators role is to liaise with the partner's program coordinator; recruit Beacon mentor volunteers; collaborate on holding an orientation meeting; work with the Partner to define guiding principles, project results and guidelines for working together; and coordinate all project work with the Partner’s Project Coordinator.

 

 

Partner Programs



We have five partner programs seeking mentor support. Each of our partner programs:

 

  • Needs mentors with different professional skills
  • Requests mentors with varied industry experiences
  • Offers a range of mentor time commitments – some are 1-2 hr/wk, some are just 1hr/month
  • Offers different mentor settings – e.g. one-to-one, college student teams, incubator start-ups 

 

A brief summary of the partner programs is below: 

 

Drexel University - LeBow Business School MBA program - Jim Ryan, Coordinator 

The role of the mentor is to give advice and feedback, highlight challenges that the student may not see ahead, encourage ideas and progress in the job search process, and be a cheerleader for success.  Drexel is now offering a variety of mentoring events with varying specific focus areas for their students. These events run from October through June.

 

Temple University - BYOBB - Greg Fegley, Coordinator 

Temple University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute hosts an annual business plan competition, the Be Your Own Boss Bowl (BYOBB) where undergraduates, graduate students, alumni, faculty and staff, compete in business and social innovation ventures.  The mentoring cycle typically runs from December through March. 

 

Rowan University – Georgean Wardzinski, Coordinator 

The role of the mentor is to give advice and feedback, highlight challenges that the student may not see ahead, encourage ideas and progress in the job search process, and be a cheerleader for success.  Rowan is offering a variety of mentoring events with varying specific focus areas for their students. These events run from October through June.  

 

Villanova University - Engineering College Capstone Program - Kevin Miles, Coordinator

The Engineering School has 4 student teams who are designing a product and building a business plan to successfully launch their idea.  They need advice over a 2-month period as they prepare to present in mid-December for a final project grade, and potentially to investors!  

 

NextFab – Hardware Accelerator Program – Morris Yankell, Coordinator

The role of the mentor is to give advice and feedback, highlight challenges that the team may not see ahead, encourage ideas and progress in validating their product and business launch. This program consist of small cohorts that last for three months and cohorts are formed throughout the year. 

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Lynn Hoban joined the group Committees: Mentoring Steering Committee.
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Chair
Greg Fegley
Co-Chair
Georgean M. Wardzinski