June 16, 2010
NYC Commission on Women’s Issues, Barnard
College Team with STJ for Mentoring Program
St. John’s University has partnered with the New York Commission
on Women’s Issues and Barnard College to host tonight’s Mentor it
Forward event from 6:30 –7:30 p.m. at the D’Angelo Center on the
University’s Queens Campus. A reception of hors d’oeuvres and
beverages will kick off the event 6:00 p.m.
The Mentor it Forward program will provide an opportunity to
gain career knowledge from executive level professional women from
various career fields through a “speed mentoring” format – much
like the “speed dating” concept. Participants will have the chance
to ask pressing questions and receive quick-hit information from
women who have “made it” in their industries.
Mentor it Forward was launched by New York Mayor Michael R.
Bloomberg in March 2010 as a joint initiative of the NYC Commission
on Women’s Issues, Barnard College, and NYC Service. St. John’s
University is the second college to sign on this year to
participate in the program.
“The power of the program is in its ripple effect,” said Anne
Sutherland Fuchs, Chair of the Commission on Women’s Issues. “Just
one woman who gives one hour of her time through Mentor It Forward
will be able to share her career experience with at least four or
five college students. Then each young woman can turn around and
mentor four or five high school students, which is a total of 30
women present which translates to over 1,500 NYC youth who could
benefit from this experience.”
Mayor Bloomberg also weighed in on the importance of this
“A city is only as strong as the health and success of its
women,” said the Mayor. “Climbing the ladder of success can be
difficult without the guidance of someone who has already traveled
Some of the topical subject matter ranges from: challenges unique
to women in their fields; benefits of working women in their
industries; and advice on succeeding in one’s career,
For more information about Mentor It Forward visit the NYC
Web site. Media interested in covering the event can contact
Dominic Scianna, Assistant Vice President for Media Relations at
(718) 990-6185 or e-mail inquiries to email@example.com.