Updated 03/04/2010 03:52 PM
City Launches "Speed Mentoring" Program
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A program geared toward helping college students expand their knowledge kicked off today.
With Speed Mentoring, successful women from a cross section of industries chat one-on-one for a short period of time to share their experiences with students from across the city.
Barnard College and the New York City Commission on Women paired up to introduce the novel approach, which is part of a program called Mentor it Forward. The mayor was on hand for today's launch.
"Speed Mentoring obviously draws comparisons to speed dating, which, by the way, wasn't around in my day,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.” Back then you had to put weeks and weeks of hard work in to get a date. Maybe it was the way I looked; I don't know. But seriously, we think that this rapid-fire format is going to allow college students to get career advice from a certain caliber of professional who they've never had access to before."
Opportunities are still available for women interested in volunteering as mentors -- and for student participants.