Mihaylo College accounting senior Delaney Gurol poses with her mentor, Mike McKennon, part of the college's Executive Council Mentoring Program.

Delaney Gurol ’17 (left) says her mentor, Mike McKennon ’83 (right) has given her a behind-the-scenes look at the accounting industry as part of the Executive Council Mentoring Program.

Mihaylo’s Executive Council gives students the opportunity to connect with professionals in the college’s network to train the next generation of leaders. The program is currently accepting student applications for spring 2017. Apply online.

Imagine having direct access to a successful businessperson in your field. You can ask any questions you have about their career and the industry, visit them at work and get an inside perspective at how their business operates, gaining valuable insight on your chosen career path. Thanks to the Executive Council Mentoring Program, Mihaylo undergraduate students from the sophomore to senior level have the opportunity to gain individualized attention from members of the Executive Council, which provides funding and industry-specific guidance for the college. The program is designed for students in the Business Honors and Dean’s Scholars programs, as well as students involved in clubs recognized by the Business Inter-Club Council.

Students are matched with mentors based on industry of interest. After an initial meeting, the mentor and mentee are expected to meet in person at least once per month during the semester with additional contact through phone or email.

Reflections of a Student and Mentor

“I enjoy being a mentor because I have the opportunity to interact with bright, young students who are eager to learn in the field of public accounting,” says Mike McKennon ’83 (accounting), owner of dbb McKennon and recipient of the 2016 Executive Council Mentor of the Year award. “For some students, this is their first experience in the accounting profession outside of their classes. It is rewarding to see a mentee grow in their knowledge and passion for their profession. I view this program as a great opportunity to recruit the brightest and the best students that CSUF offers.”

Business Honors Senior Delaney Gurol ’17 (accounting), McKennon’s mentee, has developed herself professionally through the program. “Mike was seriously the best. He invited me to tour his company and to shadow some of his employees at work. I even got to go with staff members to another firm and see how auditing works. I got so much knowledge and first-hand experience from seeing up close what happens at an accounting firm. I am so happy I had the chance to work with an incredible professional who owns a successful business who gave me a chance to learn from him.”

The Executive Council Mentoring Program will have its next cycle during spring 2017. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2017. An application and more information are available online.

Have the experience and interest to be a mentor? Contact Development and Alumni Relations Associate Amanda Leon at amleon@fullerton.edu.

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