Alumni Mentoring Program

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Career Empowerment Opportunity (C.E.O.)


Rhode Island College is pleased to introduce the Career Empowerment Opportunity program, an alumni-driven mentorship program that prepares current Rhode Island College students for career success. C.E.O. connects students with RIC alumni who are leaders in their fields and offers personal and professional development opportunities that prepare students to be career ready on "day one."

CEO Mentors 2020
Dana McCants Derisier '88 and mentee Eva Coutinho 


Through one-on-one mentor meetings, facilitated sessions, networking lunches, RIC alumni share their experiences, networks and job opportunities with students in order to help them plan their career path. The benefits are priceless. Students gain access to a regional and national network of industry leaders and a mentor within their desired job field, while developing increased job and social skills that are essential for professional growth. 

Through the CEO program, I was able to push myself out of my comfort zone and work harder toward my goals. It's so wonderful meeting other motivated students and having numerous people willing to help me achieve my dreams. 
- Oanh Nguyen, Class of 2021


Mentor Rhode Island

The Rhode Island College Alumni Association is proud to partner with MENTOR Rhode Island, a local Non-Profit Organization dedicated to providing quality mentoring services and looked to as the statewide mentoring resource. 

MENTOR Rhode Island conducts the Mentor and Mentee orientations for the CEO program and provides ongoing support with relationship management using evidence-based best practices for mentoring. 



My experience with the CEO program at Rhode Island College was excellent. Here I found opportunities for connections with like minded professionals in my own community. The one to one support of my mentor provided me with invaluable feedback as I developed my skills. I found that having a personal mentor allowed me to connect my learning with real life experiences in my field of interest. The dominant culture of collaboration within the CEO program gave me a sense of value as I designed my pathways into the professional world.
- Adena Moller '22

The CEO Program helped improve my networking skills as well as my ability to build relationships with my peers and RIC alumni. The program also connected me with a lifelong mentor in my field who eventually offered me an internship! - Christopher Coates '22

Program Requirements


  • RIC alumni mentors are paired with students. These relationships are expected to include one-on-one monthly meetings in person and or virtual/phone
  • Monthly workshops are held on Fridays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Guest speakers will present on various topics including goal setting, conflict resolution, digital literacy, personal branding, and more!
  • Site-based networking lunches on Friday afternoons, called Lunch N' Learns, across Rhode Island where students will learn about careers and get an inside look at the organization.

Program Calendar (2022-2023)

The C.E.O. program calendar will span across two semesters, a completion of one academic year (span of 12 months). 

Program events include

  • Kickoff Celebration - pairing mentors with students
  • Monthly educational sessions
  • Lunch N' Learns
  • Graduation / Final Celebration

(Schedule is subject to change)

Date Session Subject
April 15, 2022 Program Session 1 Leadership & Communication
April 29, 2022 Virtual Lunch n’ Learn Type Focus Personal and Career Assessment
May 27, 2022 Program Session 2 Resume & Interview Skills
June 24, 2022 Program Session 3 Personal Branding & Social Media Professionalism
July 22, 2022 Program Session 4 Networking & Professionalism
August 26, 2022 Program Session 5 Diversity and Inclusion
September 16, 2022 Program Session 6 Communication and Problem Solving
September 30, 2022 Lunch N' Learn Site visit to CCAP
October 21, 2022 Program Session 7 Self-Care and Managing Stress
November 18, 2022 Program Session 8 Public Service & Community Advocacy
December 16, 2022 Program Session 9 Financial Empowerment
February 17, 2023 Program Session 10 Public Speaking on the Job
March 3, 2023 Lunch N’ Learn TBD
March 24, 2023 Program Session 11 CEO Fun Day
April 21, 2023 Final Celebration  

Program Topics

Program sessions will cover the following topics, 

  • CliftonStrengths Assessment: How You Are Uniquely Powerful
  • Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
  • Communications Skills
  • Professional Etiquette
  • Networking
  • Leadership 
  • Time Management 
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Creative Problem-Solving
  • Personal Branding
  • Social Media and Professionalism
  • Servant Leadership
  • Community Advocacy
  • Financial Literacy
  • Public Speaking on the Job
  • Resume Building
  • Interview Skills

Application Requirements

Alumni must provide an updated resume in addition to the application form. 

Mentor Application

Mentor applications are being accepted on a rolling basis for the upcoming and future cohorts. 

Students must be a current sophomore, junior, or senior with a minimum GPA of a 2.5 or above to apply. 

Mentee Application


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