USF to Launch New Mentoring Initiative

June 21, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The University of Saint Francis is partnering with Diverse Talent Strategies to launch Talent Nexus, a community-based mentoring initiative. Local businesses and organizations are being recruited to become mentors to USF students and alumni. Alumni are also being invited to offer services as mentors to current USF students pursuing similar fields.

USF and Diverse Talent Strategies are hosting an event to officially launch their partnership titled “Breakfast of Champions: Community Impact Through Mentoring” on July 12, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., at the Historic Woman’s Club in the USF Business Center, 826 Ewing Street. This event will feature presentations by USF alumni Andie Mobley and Brad Hartman about the impact of mentoring on personal and professional growth and development. Refreshments will be provided, as well as an opportunity to network with others in attendance.

Powered by Diverse Talent Strategies, Talent Nexus is a model of mentoring designed to help employers attract, retain and develop talent. The program uses a software system to help employees — and now USF students — build the skills needed to be good mentors, as well as to connect with qualified mentors in the business community.

“We are thrilled to partner with the University of Saint Francis to provide mentors for this next generation of students soon to be emerging into the workplace,” said Alison Martin-Books, managing director at Diverse Talent Strategies. “Mentoring has the capacity to help people take charge of their own development. Creating opportunities for students to develop relationships to propel their careers is something we feel passionate about.”

A study completed by Diverse Talent Strategies shows mentoring is “particularly important for women and underrepresented groups in the workplace,” because these employees often “face additional challenges in obtaining employment and moving up to positions of leadership.”

“We are currently recruiting local businesses and organizations that would like to participate in this program as mentors,” said USF Career Outreach Director Natalie Wagoner. “We are excited to see the positive effect on our students and alumni who connect with these mentors. Local business leaders have also told us they are eagerly anticipating the ways this initiative will develop the next generation of their workforce.”

Companies that would like to participate in the Talent Nexus program can visit https://diversetalentstrategies.com/talentnexus-2. Students, alumni, staff or faculty can contact USF Career Center Director Natalie Wagoner at nwagoner@sf.edu or USF Director of Alumni Relations Melissa Eastman at meastman@sf.edu.

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis offers a robust campus experience including 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and three team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.