A mentor can be the gateway to your future.
As a member of the Professional Development Institute, you'll connect with a mentor who will help you explore your interests, set career goals and grow professionally.As part of this certificate program, you will:
- receive one-on-one mentoring from UB faculty, staff or alumni
- build a customized plan for professional growth
- create and polish your resume
- prepare and practice for job interviews
- develop comfort at public speaking
- identify personal strengths and learn to maximize them
- explore how diverse perspectives play a vital role in our global society
- practice leadership and ethical decision-making strategies.
Meet Our Mentors
Laurie Smith, B.S. '00
director of human resources at Smart HR
Philosophy of Success: "Achieving a long-term goal by setting short-term objectives."
Stan D. Brown, M.A. '00
former vice president for academic affairs at Baltiore City Community College
Philosophy of Success: "Success is achieving your dreams and being happy with the results."
graduate admission counselor at the University of Baltimore
Philosophy of Success: "The only thing that stands between you and your dreams of success is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible."
Kenneth F. Prager, B.S. '69
self-employed certified public accountant
Philosophy of Success: "Take the risk."
chief financial officer at Prosperity Financial Management Services
Philosophy of Success: "Enjoy yourself along the journey; don't sweat the small stuff, it won't matter in the end."
Holly Janicki, B.S. '09
project analyst at Aerotek
Philosophy of Success: "Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so."
As a result of trust that develops in a mentoring relationship, Professional Development Institute mentors may gain access to confidential information about UB students being mentored. Our program policy on confidentiality is that information shared with a mentor will be kept confidential, except in cases of disclosure about past or present child abuse or neglect, or when it becomes apparent that a mentee is in danger of doing harm to themselves or another person. Should that be the case, a mentor will inform the appropriate UB representative(s) so that preventative action may be taken.