Executive Mentoring Program


Program Overview 


The Executive Mentoring Program provides a powerful way for students to gain professional insight, receive support and expand their network.  The program pairs MBA students with business executives from various industries in a one-to-one relationship for an eight-month period. 


The program is intended to bring experienced mentors and Merage School students together so that the students can learn the informal, subtle knowledge that cannot be offered in general classroom instruction. It is not an aid or adjunct to the student’s job search. Over the past 17 years, we have matched more than 1,400 students to business executives. 


For our Executive MBA and Health Care Executive MBA students, The Paul Merage School of Business also supports the Executive-to-Executive (E2E) Program through each of these programs.



Important Dates for 2015-2016 Executive Mentoring Program Participants:


Below is a list of dates for the Executive Mentoring Program.


  • Application Period: Online applications will be sent to all FEMBA and MBA students via their UCI email. The application period opens Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. The deadline for application submission is Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 at 9 am. No late applications will be accepted, and no exceptions will be made.
  • Protégé Orientation Tuesday, Oct. 11 OR Wednesday, Oct. 12, choose ONE, 5:45-6:45 pm. This is mandatory for those selected to the program.
  • Fall Kick-Off Breakfast: Friday, Oct. 21 for those selected to the program.
  • End-of-Year Breakfast: TBD, for those who participated in the program.


Thank You to our Committee Members


The Executive Mentoring Program Committee plays an extremely valuable role to the program. Besides being mentors, this group also serves as a senior advisory group to the Executive Mentoring Program. 



Joey Benadretti
Andy Mindlin
Ned Snavely
Hospitality Executive
William Brewer
Principal Consultant
McDermott & Bull
Michael Schanna
Regional Managing Director
First Republic
Pete Todd
Senior Director Global Sales 
Larry Casey
Donahue Schriber
Georgia Smith
KeySmith HR, Inc.
Larry Tucker
Executive Coaches of America
Ly Do
Exec VP, Global Product Development
  Evelyn Zohlen
Inspired Financial