Beyond Barnard invites alums back to campus (or to virtual conversations) to spend a day conducting informal, 30-minute advising and informational sessions with small groups of students. In these sessions, alums share their academic and career experiences, answer student questions about their field, and provide valuable advice as an industry insider. Students can learn about upcoming events in Handshake.
Building Confidence and Increasing Comfort in Networking
The structure of the Mentor-in-Residence program is uniquely designed to make having conversations with professionals feel more like a small group chat with like-minded friends. Sometimes, the easiest way to get started with networking is to realize that the process of outreach and connection doesn't have to be solitary — put differently, it's great to network in groups! Through the Mentor-in-Residence program, one alum typically meets with small groups of up to 4 students at a time for 30-minute chats over the course of an afternoon. The program aims to build student comfort and confidence networking alongside peers while still getting individualized attention from an alum.
Past Mentors-In-Residence Have Included:
Dr. Alina Siddiqui '18: Resident physician at Mount Sinai Hospital where she is training to become an anesthesiologist. She graduated from the Icahn School of Medicine in 2022 with distinctions in medical education and research.
Audrey Petite '22: Marshall, Rhodes, and Fulbright recipient, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, France
Binta Brown: Founder of omalilly projects, and former Head of Operations and Strategy at Keep Cool/RCA Records. Prior to Keep Cool, she led Chance the Rapper's recorded music & publishing operations. Through omalilly projects, Binta manages musical artists, comedians, writers and authors, and is a partner in Florida based Indie Atlantic Studios.
Dr. Jennifer Mathur '96: Clinical Director of the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) Forensic Evaluation Service of Bellevue Hospital Center and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. In these roles she provides administrative oversight, direct patient care, supervision of psychology trainees, and regularly lectures on a range of topics.
Lakshmi Sundharam '08: LA-based artist working in television and Media. Writer, producer, and consultant on several TV shows, including Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Emmy-winning Master of None, Portlandia, WU-TANG: An American Saga, and The Last O.G.
Ming Yi Smith '01: Federal Reserve, FedNow Product Manager. Ming Yi has worked with Federal Reserve system for the last 15 years, starting with an research assistant position, bank supervisor, eventually pivoted to product and project management.
Rebecca Baehr '13: Rebecca Baehr (BC'13) is a Director in the strategy consulting practice at EY-Parthenon, advising corporate and private equity clients across industries (financial services, technology, healthcare, industrials) on many topics including acquisitions, transformations, and transactions.
Rebecca Galler '92: Rebecca has worked in the life sciences and health care sectors for over 25 years in multiple disciplines including corporate strategy, venture investing, and strategic marketing. As the Founder of Galler Strategic Consulting, she embeds into early-stage life science companies to brand, raise funds, launch, and ensure product/market fit. Her current roles include Chief Marketing Officer for Genoa Ventures and Vice President of Marketing for General Inception.
Renee Savig Riebling '96: Senior Communications Specialist for The Child Center of NY, a nonprofit social impact org that works to replace cycles of poverty with cycles of opportunity in neighborhoods that face dramatic obstacles from the living legacy of racial and economic injustice. As a communications specialist for a thriving nonprofit, she gets to be creative and make a difference using all the skills she learned as an English major at Barnard!
Sonja Eisenmen, '21: Fulbright Scholar, Taiwan