Ascend NY Metro: Student Mentoring Program – Speed Networking Event – Nov 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Posted by: Ascend Metro New York
Ascend Metro NY and Deloitte hosted a speed networking event for the
participants in the Ascend FY2012-2013 Student Mentoring Program. More than 30 professionals and students attended
the event at Deloitte’s 1633 Broadway office. The event also included managers'
tips on mentoring and networking,elevator speech preparation, and
networking session for all attendees.
Catherine Yang, Deloitte Tax Senior Manager,
shared her insights at the event on how to establish long and sustainable
mentoring relationships. She encouraged both students and young
professionals to seek mentorship from experienced personnel in and outside of
their academic/professional environment. She also mentioned that even for
experienced professionals, including her, are still improving their overall
leadership and interpersonal skills through mentoring relationships.
Danny Wang, Deloitte Audit Senior Manager,
shared his view pointson networking at the event. He provided tips on how
to follow up with people and maintain relationships. He also encouraged young professionals and
students to develop long term plans for their professional and personal growth.
During the speed networking section, students
and professionals were paired up to work on students' elevator speeches.
Each student had 3 minutes to summarize his/her personal backgrounds and
highlight establishments. Professionals then provided structured feedback
based on the students’ speeches. Students then rotated onto the next
professional and continued to practice their speeches. Students enjoyed
the opportunities to better polish their elevator speeches at the event and they
agreed that professionals’ feedback on thestrengthand weakness of
the speeches can sharpen their speeches.
The event was concluded with a networking
session. Students and professionals enjoyed refreshments and food while
networking with other attendees.
A special thank you to Deloitte for
sponsoring and hosting the event.
We also would like to thank everyone who has assisted
in organizing the event.