e-Mentor Program

SPS e-Mentor Program (EMP) Overview

Welcome to the e-Mentor Program supported by the Career Design Lab and Alumni Relations at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. We are excited to connect current students with experienced professionals. This program is designed to provide mentorship for young professionals or students with limited professional experience to learn from alumni and industry experts, tapping into their knowledge, skills and experience. We hope you enjoy all of the benefits that this program provides.

Duration & Frequency

The Spring e-Mentor program runs from January 30 – April 28, 2023. All mentors and mentees are expected to hold at least four mentoring sessions for a minimum of 30 minutes per session anytime in the three-month period. 


  • December 5: e-Mentors are confirmed + e-Mentor Confirmation form closes  

  • December 19: e-Mentor profiles go live (see the bottom of this page) 

  • December 15:  Student e-Mentee Interest form open

  • December 23: Student e-Mentee Interest form closes + e-Mentee Participation Submission form opens for students who filled out Interest form

  • December 30:  e-Mentee Participation Submission form closes

  • January 14: Pairing Announcement to Mentors and Mentees

  • January 18, e-Mentor Program Orientation, 12 pm – 1pm pm (EST) (Optional for mentors / Mandatory for Mentees)

  • January 30 – April 28: Minimum 4 mentoring sessions 

  • May 6: Post-survey completion deadline

Student Sign-up & Pairing

Students interested in participating in the program must fill out the interest form and then complete their participation submission form. Students can review the e-Mentors from the bottom of the page and submit their top three choices on the Student e-Mentor Program Submissions form. Students must fill out all questions to be considered for the e-Mentor Program. CDL will review mentee and mentor preferences including program of study, skills, job functions, shared interests, shared affiliations and career alignment in pairing of mentor and mentee. 

Mentor and Mentee Benefits 

The e-Mentor Program is a wonderful opportunity for mentors to support Columbia SPS students in their career journey. Mentors will learn first-hand challenges and opportunities that mentees face and provide valuable insights on how to start and navigate careers, share industry information, review job applications and conduct practice interviews with their mentees. The e-Mentor program offers an excellent networking opportunity for mentees, not only for building a strong base for your professional network but also for long-term career success, including the following:

  • Deepen connections with the Columbia community  

  • Learn about and discuss specific and linear career paths  

  • Develop and cultivate and extended network  

  • Understand the relevance of their academic studies in practical setting  

  • Discuss what tasks and issues professionals/leaders face at workplace  

  • Discuss attributes and experiences organizations are truly looking for in potential candidates 

Contact Information

We are here to assist you, please direct any questions or concerns to your CDL partners, Tiya McIver (tm2968@columbia.edu), Jia Wei Cao (jc5816@columbia.edu), and Barbara McGloin (bm2517@columbia.edu)  

e-Mentor’s Role

The mentor’s role is to share experience, insights and feedback that will guide the mentor in the achievement of his or her learning objectives. Listening plays an important part in the mentoring role – listening to understand the mentee’s goals and to uncover key learning opportunities that support those goals.

We recommend all first time e-Mentors to attend the virtual orientation on Wednesday, January 18th from 12pm -1 pm (EST).

e-Mentee’s Role

The mentee’s role is to manage the mentoring partnership. Since the partnership is focused on the mentee’s learning objectives, it is essential that potential mentees devote time to clarifying professional goals and identifying strengths that will promote the achievement of those goals and development areas that may be obstacles.

All selected e-Mentees must attend the one hour virtual orientation on Wednesday, January 18th from 12pm -1 pm (EST).


Catarina Carvalho

E-Mentor Program Fall 2022, e-Mentor Spring 2023
  • Americas East Cities Planning and Design Leader Arup

Elizabeth Elder

E-Mentor Program Fall 2022, e-Mentor Spring 2023
  • Senior Manager, Data & Analytics L'Oreal

Julia Gardner

E-Mentor Program Fall 2022, e-Mentor Spring 2023
  • Director of the Office of the President Catalyst for Peace

Christopher Gilchrist

E-Mentor Program Fall 2022, e-Mentor Spring 2023
  • Principal Forrester Research, Inc.

Sukumar Haldar

E-Mentor Program Fall 2022, e-Mentor Spring 2023
  • CEO Haldar & Company

Arsela Istrefi

e-Mentor Spring 2023
  • Enterprise Security Architect Sygnia

Marko Konte

E-Mentor Program Fall 2022, e-Mentor Spring 2023
  • Product Owner Goldman Sachs

Maya Mangini

E-Mentor Program Fall 2022, e-Mentor Spring 2023
  • Project Manager, Global Business Marketing TikTok

Ashish Mehta

e-Mentor Spring 2023
  • Director, Enterprise Applications Dolby Laboratories

Sofia Rinvil

E-Mentor Program Fall 2022, e-Mentor Spring 2023
  • Research Fellow Edgelands Institute

Keith Wong

E-Mentor Program Fall 2022, e-Mentor Spring 2023
  • Senior Consultant For The Long-Term, LLC

Jiaying Wu

e-Mentor Spring 2023
  • Lead Data Scientist CVS Health

Lauren Yoon

e-Mentor Spring 2023
  • HR Business Partner Meta