Industry Mentorship

The Werth Institute NetWerx Program builds bridges between current students and UConn alumni through multiple mentorship engagement opportunities that center around the entrepreneurial mindset and career exploration within entrepreneurship, finance, technology, innovation and related fields. Various time commitment levels range from a single afternoon session with students to multiple student meetings over a longer period.

Our Mentors

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One-to-One Mentoring

Student and Alumni Connections

One-to-one mentoring conversations where individuals meet with students over video chat. The time commitment requires four, thirty-minute sessions over a period of 8 weeks. The connection is intended to promote soft-skill building, networking, goal setting, and entrepreneurial mindset exploration.

For more detailed information please review the program overview for both groups:

Program Overview
Student FAQ Page


Group Mentoring

Werth Coffee Chats

Informal small group mentoring conversations between students, UConn Alum working in an entrepreneurial technology, healthcare, or business industry.

During this time conversations are centered around the industry professional’s personal pathway to leadership, networking, career and life lessons learned. Typically, the chats take place on Monday or Wednesday at 2:00 p.m EST and are reserved for 8-12 students. This intimate virtual setting provides the space for students to personally engage with the mentor by asking questions during the hour-long chat.

Mentor List:

Rob Andrews ‘06 Head of Analytics, Messaging at Facebook
Dr. Lance Baldo ‘98 Chief Medical Officer of Adaptive Biotechnologies
Michael Cocuzza ‘10 Founder and CTO of Enviro Power Inc.
Amy Errett ‘79 Founder & CEO of Madison Reed and Partner of True Ventures
Brian Paganini ‘03 Vice President & Managing Director at Quantum Biopower
Keith Reynolds Founder & CEO of, LLC and Author of The New Content Culture
Jimmy Tang ‘11 Head of Strategic Planning at Twitch

Contact Us

Are you a UConn Alum and would like more information on how to become involved with NetWerx?

Contact Julie Gehring, Director of Mentorship and Student Development at

Are you a UConn student and would like more information on how to become involved with NetWerx?

Contact Katie Britt, Leadership Programs Coordinator at

Upcoming Events

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Stanford Innovation Week

Monday, September 21 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Meet the students who have benefited from UConn's WILD program and learn about their aspirations for the future.

Event Registration


Sessions include:

A Trauma Therapists Guide to Leadership in Turbulent and Traumatic Times

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Presented by Dr. Kate Watson, host of the podcast, Only Trying to Help, and President and Founder of the Advocacy Academy, an internationally renowned training and consulting company

Best Practices in Mentoring

3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Presented by members of the Werth Institute and current UConn NetWerx Mentors.

Cheers to Networking

4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

For individuals interested in continuing informal conversations in smaller break out rooms on best practices surrounding mentorship in higher education.


CT Next Logo The Werth Institute was awarded a grant through CTNext to pilot and develop NetWerx that allows the team the capacity to cultivate relationship building opportunities and enhanced networking programs for UConn students.