Five Lindenwood University students have been selected to participate in the Regional Business Council’s (RBC) Mentor Network Program, three of which hail from the Belleville campus.
Lindenwood Belleville business students Chloe Callahan, Teah Flynn, and Chloe Speer have been accepted to the program, which pairs business and engineering students with executives of RBC companies, and partner companies who share career experiences and provide students with practical knowledge and insight into opportunities that exist in St. Louis.
“These mentorships can result in significant doors being opened for our graduates with local employers,” said Dr. Chris Gourdine, assistant professor of management and division chair. “So, this is a win-win for these students as they connect to real-world experiences and the school as we’re providing highly qualified young people to area businesses and organizations.”
Callahan, who is from Albers, Ill., has been placed with Explore St. Louis, the official destination marketing organization responsible for selling St. Louis City and St. Louis County as a convention and meeting site and as a leisure travel destination; Flynn, who is from Fayetteville, Ark., has been placed with Lewis Rice LLC, a leading regional law firm throughout the Midwest; and Speer, who is from Taylor, Texas, has been placed with Maryville Consulting Group, a professional services firm that helps Fortune 2000 companies transform into technology-enabled businesses.
Callahan said that this opportunity is important for her as she’s looking for more experiences outside of the classroom to build her professional skillset and network. Likewise for Flynn, she said she knows having the opportunity to connect with a professional mentor will open doors for future employment opportunities and networking experiences, which will enhance her career. Speer said that this opportunity will allow her to become more familiar with the business culture throughout the St. Louis region, which she said will allow her to peak into the business world, positioning herself for a future career.
Students who participate in the RBC program are hand-selected by their schools based on criteria academic performance, leadership outside the classroom, and a willingness to stay and work in St. Louis.
Benefits of participating in the program include one-on-one meetings with top business leaders and access to senior-level executives in St. Louis, advice and counseling from business leaders on career-related topics, networking with C-suite mentors and RBC members at special events, and a unique introduction to the St. Louis community.
The Regional Business Council is a consortium of the Presidents and CEOs of 100 of the region’s largest mid-cap companies. The mission of the RBC is to act on high-impact business, civic, and philanthropic efforts for the betterment of the St. Louis region.