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Mentorship at Tufts Gordon Institute

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Mentorship plays an important role for graduate students at Tufts Gordon Institute by providing invaluable guidance and support as they navigate their academic and professional journeys. Mentorship is offered to all of our graduate students who have the unique opportunity to network with industry professionals at many moments throughout their studies. 

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During my time at Tufts Gordon Institute, I had the privilege of having several transformative mentors who showed me first-hand the power of guidance and support that I continue to use today. 

Paget Stanco, MSIM '17, Principal at Gemini

Create connections with lasting impact

Many mentor relationships that started during a student's time at Tufts Gordon Institute have continued past graduation. These professional connections have led our students to job opportunities, provided important career advice, and more. 

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Each student that I've mentored has been unique in their background and ambitions, which has made for a great experience as a mentor. The students have all been very high caliber and I find it very fulfilling to offer my industry experience to help them in any way that I can.

Bill Siopes, MSEM '12, Vice President of Technical Operations at RightAir

What does a Tufts Gordon Institute mentor do?

In general, a mentor's role is to share their insights and experience with a student in the early stages of their career. Mentors at Tufts Gordon Institute often work with their mentees in some, if not all, of these ways:

  • Suggestions on the mentee's leadership development plan and career goals
  • Share industry knowledge and experience with students
  • Guidance on conducting job searches 
  • Feedback on cover letters, professional emails, and resumes
  • When appropriate, introductions to people in the mentor's professional network who may provide additional advice and connections of their mentee

Meet our Executive in Residence

Sandy Rosenberg serves as Tufts Gordon Institute's first Executive in Residence (XIR). Sandy brings over 30 years of experience in company formation, capital structuring, business strategy, operations, and direct investment to this position. As XIR, Sandy acts as a mentor and resource to any students, faculty, or staff of Tufts Gordon Institute and the greater Tufts community seeking to launch a new venture, scale their existing startup, or grow professionally through a career transition.

Get 1-to-1 coaching to help launch or build your venture

The Derby Entrepreneurship Center at Tufts (DEC), part of Tufts Gordon Institute, offers 1-to-1 coaching for Tufts students and alumni seeking to launch or grow an entrepreneurial venture. Book a meeting with one of DEC's three Entrepreneurs in Residence or an alumni volunteer, or reach out for an introduction to one of DEC's Expert Mentors. With experts across a wide range of industries, coaching is available for any kind or stage of venture.

A pattern of success

With such a large, diverse community of mentors along with dedicated, eager, and inspired graduate students, we see success in our mentorship program year after year. Our alumni often report continuing their relationships with their mentors for years following graduation. These alumni then return to mentor new students and bring the cycle full circle, subsequently creating more lasting relationships from the position as a mentor.

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As an early participant in the Innovation & Management program, mentoring students has been a fulfilling way to maintain my connection to TGI and empower current students with my professional experience. 

Zach Zager, MSIM '18, Analytics Specialist at Swan Bitcoin