mentoring 101: How to find mentors across generational gaps

Thursday, Nov. 21, 12 pm (Central)

Finding and maintaining a professional mentor takes strategic intentionality.

career-month_11-21-19_mentoring-101As a female entrepreneur, Kate Volzer, AB’09, MBA’14, has had to cultivate relationships with mentors in her own life to help her navigate the start-up and higher education landscapes. Through founding UChicago’s Wisr platform, Volzer has seen a number of mentor-mentee relationships unfold and how those are navigated. Mentors can be a source of information, a connection into an industry you want to tap in to, a listening ear and foundation of support, and so much more. In this session, Volzer will be looking at how to find and create relationships with potential mentors in your life.


In this session you will learn how to:


  • Identify possible mentors
  • Make the ask for a conversation
  • Keep in touch maintaining those relationships


About the Presenter: Kate Volzer, AB’09, MBA’14


Kate Volzer, AB’09, MBA’14, became interested in how technology can be used to support student outcomes after working in Admissions and Career Services for the University of Chicago. She became Vice President of Business Development at DecisionDesk in northeast Ohio before founding Wisr in 2016. Wisr improves student and alumni engagement outcomes by facilitating alumni-to-student coaching and alumni-to-alumni career networking. In 2017, Wisr was recognized as most innovative education solution at Arizona State University and Global Silicon Valley’s annual ASU+GSV Summit.

Volzer is heavily involved in Cleveland’s entrepreneurial community as the chair of the JumpStart Leader’s Council. She has been recognized by WYCA Cleveland as a Distinguished Young Woman and Crain’s Cleveland Business as a Notable Woman in Entrepreneurship.





Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 12pm (Central)

Cost: Complimentary
Location: Online





Event Contact

Linda Pantale
Associate Director, Career Development
UChicago Alumni Association Contact