Serving as an Adams Advisor creates a virtuous cycle: you build relationships with UNC's most successful alums, get inspired working with students, and give back to the University
about the advisors
Adams advisors are successful founders, funders, and high growth executives at various stages in their careers. They come from a broad selection of industries - from technology to clean energy, consumer products to finance - and a diverse range of functional expertise - from marketing to finance, and human resources to strategy. They've created enterprise values across different-sized organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to state governments. They are all UNC alums, or friends of UNC, and share a commitment to developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.
We know you are busy! As an Advisor, the Adams Apprenticeship program is designed to make an efficient, high-leverage use of your time. We ask for five hours of time every six months spent networking with Apprentices. You will likely receive requests from students via our online mentoring platform after they’ve finished training, and one or two of the students may ask you to join their personal board of advisors. Should you accept, this will be a one hour commitment to that student every quarter. Meanwhile, students expect good-intentioned feedback, advice and perhaps a door opened every now and then. Since a good portion of networking is initiated at our events, we require advisors to attend a minimum of two events annually.
benefits of mentoring
Here are a few reasons Advisors are committing to the Apprenticeship program:
- Give back to UNC - "I love this school, and this is a unique way to give back."
- Talent identification - "These kids are talented. I want to hire them."
- Opportunity identification - "There are some intriguing businesses being developed by students. I may be able to help them."
- Strengthen personal network with like-minded alums - "This is the most talented, influential group of alums I've been around."
- Have fun - "The energy of the students is contagious, their ideas are inspiring, and I love investing time in them."
Interested in getting involved? Please email Dina Rousset at Dina_Mills@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
We have developed an online mentoring platform specifically for the Adams Apprenticeship at connect.eship.unc.edu. This platform facilitates the mentoring relationship between apprentices and advisors. Student “apprentices” are encouraged to have dozens of flash mentoring one-off sessions with different mentors or “advisors”. If you and a student really connect, a student may ask you to enter a long term (3-6 months) mentoring relationship on the platform. This involves the student sharing his or her long and short term goals over the course of 2-3 meetings. At the end of 3-6 months, the student may ask you to be on their board of advisors along with a few other mentors.
This commitment entails in person or virtual meetings to offer career advice to the student for 5 years post-graduation (you can set the timing and duration). Additionally, we provide mentoring resources, a discussion board for you Adams-related questions and all of our Adams events on the Eship Connect platform. If you have not yet received an invite for this platform, please email: Callie_Brauel@kenan-flagler.unc.edu.
Partial List: Advisors Registered on Eship Connect As of May 2018
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List updated May 2018