UNT SHRM Mentoring Program connects students with opportunity

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The UNT Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Mentoring Program has been matching students with mentors to help build their network, sharpen their skills and become workforce-ready since its inception in 2017. 

And for Cece Lieberman, Fall 2023 OBHR candidate, she is already reaping the program’s benefits thanks to her mentor and UNT alumnus, Laney Lockhart (’00).

“The biggest benefit from our relationship is the connections I have made through him, and having someone in my profession to give me advice and steer me in the right direction,” explained Lieberman.

With her academic career being supplemented by monthly meetings of guidance and support from someone in her desired field, the mentoring program has enabled Lieberman to grow both personally and professionally.

“The most exciting aspect of being a mentee, in my opinion, was having someone to celebrate my accomplishments with,” explained Lieberman. “[Laney] is always rooting for me and encouraged me to apply to different internships; so when I received the good news of an offer letter I knew he would be there to cheer me on.”

Lockhart, who serves as the CEO of Exceptional Life Coaching, helped Lieberman secure a competitive internship with Peterbilt Motors Company last May, which she hopes will serve as a valuable stepping stone in her HR career.

But Lockhart is not the only one benefiting from the mentoring program.

“I decided to apply to be a mentor because I have had the opportunity to see, firsthand, how learning and career development can be expedited through this process,” explained Lockhart. “My biggest takeaway is that both party members get to learn from each other and enrich their lives.”

Lockhart and Lieberman’s mentorship is just one of many success stories to come from the UNT SHRM Mentoring Program. Most participating mentees land respected internships as a result of the connections they make—and nearly all recommend others to follow in their footsteps.

“Overall, I believe this program helped me more than I could have thought, and I would recommend others to join,” said Lieberman.

If you are looking to enrich your life and the lives of others through UNT’s mentorship programming, please consider setting up a profile on Mean Green Mentors, or contact UNT’s SHRM chapter advisors: Mariya Aguilar (mariya.aguilar@unt.edu) and Erin Welch (erin.welch@unt.edu).