Mentorship program connects students with leaders

Mentorship program connects students with leaders

By Marlen Lebish

Mentorship program connects students with leaders

By Marlen Lebish
Sometimes it is the reassuring helping hand of a mentor that best complements the classroom experience.
For several years, the Miami Herbert School’s Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) Mentorship Program has been fostering connections between graduate students and business leaders, building bridges to employment and internships. The program also gives mentors an opportunity to give back to future generations of business leaders and help them achieve their career goals.

Mentors come from prestigious companies like American Tower, Boston Scientific, and Visa to name a few.

For mentee Lindsay Kesselman ’20, a recent fall graduate and a double ’Cane, who is currently working as senior territory manager at Straumann Group, said the GEMBA Mentorship Program gave her a competitive edge in the workplace and in the classroom.

“The mentorship program helped me have a full and enriching experience during my MBA,” she said. “My mentor challenged me to expand my knowledge, which has helped me develop deeper critical thinking skills. He encouraged me to read all types of books such as history, philosophy, and economics, and watch various historical documentaries. It has helped me have more enlightened conversations and make connections between seemingly disparate ideas.”

Kesselman still has regular calls with her mentor Mauricio Ortiz, president of Boston Scientific for Latin America, which has aided her in her professional pursuits.

“Mauricio taught me so much in just one year and continues to, to this day,” she said. He’s taught me to really push beyond my boundaries and become a lifelong learner. He encourages me to see what is going on in the world and apply that into my business decision making. He is one of the best strategic minds in business, and I have learned how to look at business situations differently, take on new perspectives, and put into action a strategic plan.”

Kesselman’s experience during a year that showed us its worse, is a testament to how robust the program is—even a global pandemic failed to slow it down.

“The Gemba mentorship program gives students new perspectives from someone (a mentor) who has had much success, but also has faced their own challenges along the way. It allows one to learn and puts someone in your corner that will help you grow.”

Consistent with Miami Herbert’s goal of developing principled leaders that transform global business and society at the crossroads of the Americas, this program provides Global EMBA students access to global business leaders’ wisdom, experience, and expertise; and Miami business, so that students can effectively connect and access the city’s business network.