Foundation for Global Scholars’ “Speed Mentoring” Event Gives Students Sampling of Career Advice from Colorado Business and Nonprofit Leaders

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Event at CU-Boulder connects students with Colorado leaders for quick networking sessions on how to gain international experience to boost careers.

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Jessica Thomas(L), development director for the Japan America Society, meets with a student during "Speed Mentoring for International Careers," an event by the Foundation for Global Scholars.

What speed mentoring does is plant the seeds that there are people out there who have gone first, and there are things that the students can learn from them. - Owen Jones, business advisor.

More than 30 college students received international career advice from globally savvy business and nonprofit leaders during the 2nd “Speed Mentoring for International Careers” event organized by the Foundation for Global Scholars, a nonprofit organization providing scholarships for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students pursuing academic and internship programs abroad.

“The old saying is ‘you don’t know what you don’t know,’ and I think that’s true especially from a student’s point of view,” said Owen Jones, an executive leader, strategist and business developer who serves as a business advisor for the Foundation for Global Scholars. “What speed mentoring does is plant the seeds that there are people out there who have gone first, and there are things that the students can learn from them.”

Jones, a native of England who came to the United States through career advancement, believes International experience, whether through study, internship, volunteering or traveling, is just as important as about anything else a student should be doing or studying while in college. “It’s not secondary,” he said. “I think it enables people to use the obvious qualifications and degrees they’ve earned more effectively.”

Students gained similar kernels of advice during the mentoring event, which took place April 29, 2013, at the Center for Community at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and was also sponsored by CU-Boulder Career Services Center.

Featured mentors included:
Elyse Cadogan, HR representative, Ball Corp.
Aaron Carlson, senior manager, marketing and strategy, Water For People
Anthony Christie, chief marketing officer, Level 3 Communications
Katherine Craer, Rockies campus sourcing manager, PwC
Allison Green, global brand planner, marketing, OtterBox
Kay Lillrose, risk manager, CH2M Hill Engineers
Kristen Mansure, founder/co-owner, Young Ambassadors of America, LLC
Barbara E. Schiola, corporate HR manager, Ball Corp.
Kristi Shaffer, executive vice president, Junior Achievement, Rocky Mountain, Inc.
Jessica Thomas, director of development, Japan America Society of Colorado
Meg VanderLaan, vice president of corporate communications, MWH Global
Jennifer Van Vleet, Americas regional communication manager, MWH Global

“The focus of the Foundation for Global Scholars is to prepare our young, evolving workforce for a global economy,” said Nancy Kepner, executive director. “Since our founding, we’ve given more than $1 million and served more than 1,000 students. Our mentoring events are another way we are strengthening connections between business leaders with a global perspective and students who could be their future employees.”

All Natalie Sober needed to see were the words “international” and “mentoring” in an announcement to spur her to sign up for the event. “I’ve really been struggling with the direction I’m going to take,” said the recent CU-Boulder graduate who also is previous recipient of a Foundation for Global Scholars scholarship to study abroad in Argentina. Sober realized from talking with the mentors that her career is going to be whatever she makes of it. She also learned to decide what she values in a company and then look for companies that align with that vision. “I would definitely encourage anyone who can take this opportunity to do it,” she said of meeting the mentors. “It’s more than worth it, and I’m so thankful that there are organizations that will do this for students.”

For more information on scholarship and networking opportunities, visit the Foundation for Global Scholars website.

About the Foundation for Global Scholars – “A million dollars given, 1,000 students served” - The Foundation for Global Scholars is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Westminster, CO, serving U.S. undergraduate and graduate students pursuing academic and internship programs abroad. Through scholarships for international study, the foundation empowers future leaders to become better prepared for the fast-changing global marketplace and interdependent world. For more information, visit or call 303-502-7256.

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