Alumni Beat 9: Mentorship Program Spotlight



“Only three months in and the Mentorship program is going strong with over 60 mentees & 40 mentors collaborating to achieve the mentees’ goals for their undergraduate senior year.  We would especially like to congratulate Jhonnari and Alysha as our Mentor-Mentee Spotlight for this edition for their dedication and hard work! Thank you! “

Andrea Giraudo, Director of Professional Development & the Mentorship Program.


Alysha M. & Jhonna J. (1)
Mentor Jhonnari (left) and Mentee Alysha (right)  pose together.


     Alysha is a member of the SVMP Class of 2013 and a senior at Howard University studying Finance. She hopes to be accepted into HBS’s 2+2 program this year. Her long-term career goals are to start a non-profit for young females who lack positive role models and to become the CFO of a Fortune 500 company.  She shares her experience as a mentee in the SVMP AA Mentorship Program:

“Jhonnari has been a great mentor thus far. Not only has she been extremely supportive of my goals, but she has been understanding of my complex schedule. She has given great advice in regards to next steps I need to take to reach my goals and has been very helpful with her willingness to look over my 2+2 application essay. I am very thankful for her support and this program.”


Jhonnari is a member of the SVMP Class of 2012 and is currently an Associate at  Ernst & Young.  She shares how  mentoring for the SVMP AA Mentorship program has been both rewarding and motivating:

“I enjoy working with Alysha because she is both insightful and driven but most of all she is motivating. What Alysha may not know is that her hard work inspires me and hearing about her accomplishments during our calls makes me extremely proud.


Since being in the program, Alysha has been able to accomplish several of the goals outlined in her action plan. She has been preparing to take the GMATs through the use of self study materials as well as live classes. She has applied to and has interviewed with McKinsey, JPMorgan and Phillips 66. Lastly, I’d like to highlight that Alysha is well underway to completing her Harvard Business School 2+2 Application.”


Alysha and Jhonnari stay in touch through email updates and periodic phone calls. In addition, they have used Google Docs to create the goal action plan.


Connect with Alysha on LinkedIn

Connect with Jhonnari on LinkedIn