"By pairing Cobb's proven leaders with our best and brightest young professionals, we believe that the Next Generation Mentoring Program will be an excellent tool to help us develop the next generation of leaders in Cobb county."
- 2013 Cobb Young Professionals
Chairman Adam Emrich, Georgia Power
On Jan. 16, the Cobb Young Professionals Mentoring Program will officially kick off. The applications have been reviewed, pairs have been made, and now some of Cobb's top business and community leaders will help engage Cobb's talented young professionals and develop them into Cobb's next generation of economic, social and civic leaders.
The objective of the program is to pair Cobb's emerging leaders with Cobb's established leaders in order to develop the future generation of leaders in Cobb.
The program expectations are five face-to-face mentor/mentee meetings between Jan. 16 and May 21, 2014.
Each meeting will include using a discussion log to set goals, track progress and provide a conclusion, a written summary to include original goals, actions taken to reach goals and the outcomes of each goal at the end of the program. Mentees are also required to attend three program events.
Benefits of the program include the development of the next generation of young leaders, which means developing businesses, which in turn sustains the county.
The mentor will assist the mentee to create and accomplish specific career-focused goals. The mentor will also make introductions for CYP mentees in Cobb County and beyond, and the mentor will provide CYP mentee with expertise and insight needed to grow successfully in their career.
"The Next Generation Mentoring Program is important because it connects individuals across generations, disciplines and industries in an effort to support and encourage future leaders in our region," said Dr. Kathy Schwaig , dean of the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, Dean, Coles College of Business. "Both mentees and mentors benefit by intentionally developing relationships that challenge them both professionally and personally. Learning key success principles and how to put them into action is important at every stage of career and the opportunity to learn from each other is embedded into the core of the program."
The mentor and mentee pairings are as follows:
- Angelo Brown, DeVry University - Keller Graduate School of Management, Campus Dean, mentee
- Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Cobb County School District, Superintendent, mentor
- Katy Ruth Camp, The Georgia Ballet, Development Director, mentee
- Barbara Hickey, Etiquette School of Atlanta, Director, mentor
- Brian Capozzi, Lincoln Educational Services, Executive Director, mentee
- Pam Younker, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Community Outreach Liaison, Government and Community Affairs, mentor
- Dr. LaBrita Cash-Baskett, Fundamental Focus, President, mentee
- Dr. Kathy Schwaig, Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University, Dean, Coles College of Business, mentor
- Meredith Davis, 2013 Cobb Chamber Board Member and Community Activist,mentee
- Jeri Barr, The Center For Family Resources, CEO, mentor
- Ashley Hungerford, United Way, Development Officer, mentee
- Shan Cooper, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Vice President and General Manager, mentor
- Kevin Hyland, Sweetwater Financial , President/CEO, mentee
- John Loud, LOUD Security Systems, Inc., President, mentor
- Ben Johnson, ABC Home and Commercial, General Manager, mentee
- Greg Morgan, Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC, Partner in Charge - Atlanta, mentor
- Ally Rakoczy, Aerotek, Account Manager, mentee
- Kim Menefee, WellStar, Senior Vice President, Public/Government Affairs, mentor
- Andrew Snyder, NOODLEit, Inc., Principal Consultant, President & CEO, mentee
- Andy Crowe, Velociteach, CEO, mentor
- Andreas Wilder, Hill, Wilder & Associates, Financial Planner/Advisor, mentee
- Tony Britton, BB&T, Senior Vice President, Cobb Commercial Lending Group, mentor
- Andrew Windham, College Planning Institute, President, mentee
- Dr. Ike Reighard, MUST Ministries, President & CEO, mentor