Mentorship Program

The SOE Mentoring Program offers current students the opportunity to connect with alumni mentors who can contribute to their professional and personal development. This program also offers the opportunity to network and develop contacts, access to industry information, and gain valuable insights from experienced and successful professionals.

What is a mentor and how often do mentor/Mentee pairs meet?

  • An effective mentor understands their role to be dependable, engaged, authentic and tuned into the needs of a mentee. All alumni are welcome to apply as a mentor, and all current students are welcome to apply as a mentee.
  • An effective mentoring relationship is characterized by mutual respect, trust, understanding, and empathy. Good mentors are able to share life experiences and wisdom, as well as technical expertise
  • Mentor/mentee pairings have the flexibility to meet as often as they would like. Meetings can be in-person, by phone, or virtually. At a minimum, the program asks that matched pairs have at least once a month for the full year program.

Program Structure/Expectations

  • Timeline
    • Application Window for 2019/2020 Academic Year
    • Mentors: December 10—January 6
    • Mentees: January 6—January 17
    • Favoriting for Mentees- January 18—January 19
    • Match Day: February 1, 2020
    • Close Day: December 2, 2020
  • Applicants will be paired based on the information they provide through the program application process. Mentor pairs will last for one whole year, but pairs that wish to continue on can choose to keep their pairings for the next academic year.

 

Mary Somers, Program Chair
Counseling, ’94

BIO

Mary Somers is 1994 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Education program. She earned an Master of Science in Applied Community Counseling (now called MS in Clinical Community Counseling). She is a nationally certified counselor and board certified coach with more than 30 years’ experience in career coaching, academic advising, student services and graduate business admissions. As an associate director of coaching and education at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, she works closely with students and alumni to help them clarify their career goals so that they might find work that is challenging and rewarding. She especially enjoys helping her clients identify their unique value propositions.

In addition to career coaching, Mary co-leads the Health Care Management Network and is the program lead for the Leading a Diverse Society Mentoring Program for underrepresented minority business students. Prior to joining Carey, Mary managed career services at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She also worked at Georgetown and Tufts University in student services roles. Mary has also taught graduate career development courses at the JHU School of Education.

She is a co-founder of Suited to Succeed, a Baltimore nonprofit that provides clothing and associated resources to women transitioning from training programs to employment. Currently, she chairs the JHU School of Education Mentoring Program, leads the Carey neighborhood partnership with City Springs Elementary/Middle School, and volunteers at Gilchrist Hospice in Baltimore, MD.

CONTACT THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

The SOE Mentorship Program is operated by the School of Education Department of Development & Alumni Relations. For more information, contact:

Ember Schaeffer  
410-516-4347
ember.schaeffer@jhu.edu