Through the Mentor Initiative, John Benson, the program’s founder and program director, pairs business students at Concordia University Wisconsin, located in Mequon, with Milwaukee-area professionals in their desired career fields.

The Mentor Initiative has helped numerous students in the CUW community on the path to success and greatly impacted their professional development, according to Concordia student Matt LeVene.

“The mentor pool is diverse and vast, and Mr. Benson has a seemingly endless network of accomplished business executives eager to help mentor the next generation. What sets this program apart from others is Mr. Benson’s hands-on approach and care for each student in the program,” said LeVene. “He takes the time to know all of his mentees’ career goals, but also their hobbies and interests outside of business. This makes all the difference in finding a successful mentor for students and generates a connection quickly between the mentor and mentee.”

Benson has also brought in numerous speakers to present to students within the program. The speakers have talked about interview skills, work-life balance and other topics.