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Wednesday, March 1, 2017 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


We would like to extend a warm invite to students and alumni of UCF for our 2nd annual Meet Your Mentor event led by Women UKnighted, UCF Career Services and the UCF Alumni Association!  As a mentee, you'll learn from your mentor's personal and professional experience, knowledge and skills. The mentor relationship allows for attention to your career aspirations, professional development and networking needs.

During this speed networking event, we’ll have a keynote speaker (Dr. Maribeth Ehasz, Vice President of SDES), brief presentation on the benefits of mentoring and then break out into 10 or so small groups with one mentor in each group and seats for 8 or so mentees. Mentees will move from table to table for approximately fifteen-minute group conversations with the mentors. This format will allow attendees to network with each other while also participating in the coaching sessions.

Our mentors include:

  • Dana Bledsoe, President, Nemours Children’s Hospital
  • Andrea Otero, Community Outreach & Communications Specialist, Orange County Clerk
  • Ashley Papagni, Public Information Officer, Orlando Fire Department
  • Candice Bridge, Ph.D., Chemistry Professor, University of Central Florida
  • Christal LaVecchia, Senior Program Manager, Lockheed Martin
  • Emily Johns, Manager of Operations, Financial Harvest Wealth Advisors
  • Florencia Garrido, Legal Director, Siemens
  • Gabriele Gannaway, Vice President General Manager, Neiman Marcus
  • Julie Kent, Senior Systems Engineer, Raytheon
  • Kathy DeVault, Director of Strategic Partnerships, City of Orlando
  • Kathy Downs, Senior Vice President, Robert Half
  • Katrina Deleon, Director of Brand Extensions & Partnerships, Gravitational Marketing
  • Keri Garland, Senior Financial Analyst, The Walt Disney Company
  • Kristin Dobrow, Associate Brand Manager, Darden Restaurants
  • Lauren Nelson, Major Gifts Associate, Nemours
  • Lee Polidoro, Senior Recruiter, Edward Jones
  • Lina Pabon, Campus Recruiter, ADP
  • Marjorie Trott, Event Planning Manager, Hyatt
  • Paula Machado, Anchor/Reporter, InfoMás
  • Rochelle Mott, Area Manager, Enterprise
  • Rosanne Rak, Senior Program Specialist, AAA
  • Sharlene Stanford, Volunteer Coordinator, Orlando Rescue Mission
  • Sue King, Senior Event Manager, Hyatt

Please register to attend our event happening Wednesday, March 1st from 6pm-9pm at the Fairwinds Alumni Center. Search the Alumni Center on  We are capping registration at 200.  Thank you!

Any questions, please contact Leah Goldson at or Tiana Tucker at


Fairwinds Alumni Center: Ballroom


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