Has the transition to UGA felt overwhelming? Are you not sure how to get involved or what to get involved in on campus? Should you enter the workforce or go to graduate school? These are all questions you may need help answering. We’ll help you have real conversations with UGA alumni, faculty or staff who have been in your shoes in order to help you explore answers to your questions.The UGA Mentor Program presents Real Talk, a podcast series featuring authentic conversations between UGA students and mentors on topics that are pressing to students around work, life, school and career. Listen to the types of conversations that you could have with a UGA mentor here. Are you a UGA student or alumni, faculty or staff? Sign up for the UGA Mentor Program at mentor.uga.edu! Start your mentoring conversation today!
Optimizing Your Mentorship & College Experience
We're giving you an inside look into what a UGA Mentor Program mentorship looks like. In this episode, we've invited UGA student Jacob McMillan and his UGA mentor, Ben Goldklang, to discuss the details of their mentorship. We dive into networking tips, reframing failures, and how to make the most of your mentorship and your college experience.
Jacob McMillan is a junior studying management in the Terry College of Business (BBA '23). His mentor, Ben Goldklang (BBA '20), is a Terry College of Business alum who studied management while a UGA student. Ben currently serves as a Vehicle Export Specialist for Capital Logistics, LLC in Queens, New York.
UGA Mentor Program Ambassador Cassie Turner (BBA '22) and UGA alumni mentors Ekta Gaur (BS & AB '06) and Dr. Brian Berger (AB '08, MS '10, Ph.D. '13) discuss emotional intelligence and what it means, how to have it, and how to recognize it. During this conversation, you'll gain interview tips, ways to address conflict in the workplace, and steps to keep learning about your emotional intelligence.
Ekta serves as the Organizational Change Manager at Capgemini Invent. She has over ten years of consulting experience offering global end-to-end transformations from strategy and design to operations management and engineering powered by technology. Additionally, she has experience working in risk mitigation, people management, and product development. She's eager to help students with the job/internship search process, work-life balance, transitioning to life after college, and much more!
Brian currently works at Delta Air Lines as a Manger of their OmniChannel and Upsell Analytics team. He previously worked in the Sports Media Industry after leaving UGA. He ran analytics within the Business Unit for B/R Live, Turner Sports' Direct to Consumer Sports Offering. Brian also teaches part-time at Georgia State. He loves to help students become the employee that companies cannot work without vs. the employee that companies can work with.
Navigating a Male-Dominated Space - A Mentorship Story: Camila and Aaron
We're giving you an inside look into what a UGA Mentor Program mentorship looks like. In this episode, we've invited UGA student Camila Daffre and her UGA mentor, Aaron Stafford, to discuss the details of their mentorship.
Camila Daffre is a sophomore studying mechanical engineering with a minor in communications (BSME '24). Her mentor, Aaron Stafford (BSME '19), is a College of Engineering alum who studied mechanical engineering while a UGA student. Aaron currently serves as an Operations & Utilization Analyst for Mercedes-Benz USA and previously worked for Accurus Aerospace Corporation.
Accommodations at School & in the Workplace
UGA Mentor Program Ambassador, Cassie Turner (BBA ‘22), and UGA alum and mentor, Dr. Scott Frasard (BBA '03, MED '06, PhD ‘11), discuss what it means to be neurodivergent and to seek accommodations at school and in the workplace.
Dr. Scott Frasard has earned three degrees from the University of Georgia. His first degree was in general business from Terry College in 2004. He then earned a Master's of Education and later completed his Ph.D. in Adult Education in 2011.
Scott currently serves as a senior credential developer and psychometrician at Salesforce and is an adult educator in Austin, Texas. His career experience spans working in government, academic, and corporate organizations, in local, national, and international settings.
The International Student Experience at UGA
UGA student and mentee in the UGA Mentor Program, Eric Li (BBA ‘22) and UGA alum and mentor, Dr. Ruth Wangia Dixon (PhD ‘20), discuss their experiences as international students at UGA.
Eric grew up in Beijing, China. At UGA, he studies marketing and risk management and insurance in the Terry College of Business. He is a Public Service and Outreach Student Scholar, served as director of community operation for the student organization, Xunxiang, which helps international students explore career directions and possibilities. Eric has also served as a campus leader for International Family Union, an NGO within the U.S. that serves international students. In 2019, Eric was an Orientation World Leader for the department of International Student Life at UGA.
Dr. Ruth Wangia Dixon grew up in Kenya. She began her studies in the U.S. at Spelman College, where she completed her bachelor’s in environmental sciences. In May 2020, she completed her doctorate in environmental health with a certificate in global health from UGA’s College of Public Health. After graduating, Dr. Dixon worked at WDD Biomedical Consultants as a medical writer and reviewer. She currently serves as a senior researcher of health economics and outcomes research at Optum and is also engaged in an intensive, experiential learning experience through the Harvard Medical School Executive Education program.
Stay tuned to the end for a brief conversation about telehealth and experiences working in the healthcare field.
Looking Back & Forward: A reflection on where we've been & where we're going
UGA Mentor Program Ambassadors, Kevin Nwogu (BBA ‘22) and Elena Griggs (BBA ‘22), and their mentors, Raymond Phillips (BS ‘12 & MBA ‘18) and Mary Elizabeth Sadd (BBA ‘87), reflect on their experiences in the UGA Mentor Program from their time as pilot participants to now. They also discuss what it's like to get started as a student or mentor in the program, lessons learned from one another, and how the UGA Mentor Program has grown since its launch on August 21, 2019.
UGA Mentor Program Director, Jeremy Daniel (MEd ‘16 & PhD ‘21), also shares his thoughts on launching UGA’s first comprehensive mentoring initiative and the legacy of the program.
"We all end up somewhere by chance or by choice." - Mary Elizabeth Sadd