NetWerx

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.

GET INVOLVED 

One-to-One Mentoring – Student and Alumni Connections 

The first offering includes one-to-one mentoring conversations where individuals meet with students over video chat. The time commitment requires (4) 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:

NetWerx - Program Overview

NetWerx- Student FAQ Page

If you are a student or alum/industry professional looking to be paired with an alum/industry professional, please fill out the match questionnaire and someone from The Werth Institute Team will reach out to you shortly.  

 

Group Mentoring - Werth Coffee Chats  

Werth Coffee Chats are 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. 

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 Publi.io, 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? Please contact Julie Gehring, Director of Mentorship and Student Development at julie.gehring@uconn.edu

Are you a UConn student and would like more information on how to become involved with NetWerx? Please contact Katie Britt, Leadership Programs Coordinator at katie.britt@uconn.edu

PARTNERSHIPS

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. 

EVENTS

Stamford Innovation Week

The Werth Institute is excited to partner with Stamford Innovation Week on Monday, September 21 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. For registration information please visit SiWeek.

Sessions include: 

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. “A Trauma Therapists Guide to Leadership in Turbulent and Traumatic Times” 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 and

3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. “Best Practices in Mentoring Panel” with members of the Werth Institute and current UConn NetWerx Mentors. 

4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. “Cheers to Networking Event” will take place for individuals interested in continuing informal conversations in smaller break out rooms on best practices surrounding mentorship in higher education.  

NetWerx Mentors

Here are a few of the mentors that have participated:

black and white headshot of Noah Friedman
black and white headshot of Aaron Roy
black and white headshot of Angela Defilippo
black and white headshot of Azra Mulaimovic
black and white headshot of Beau Carson
black and white headshot of Ben Morneault
black and white headshot of Caleb Saleeby
black and white headshot of Christopher Mueller
black and white headshot of Conor Horrigan (right) and his kids
black and white headshot of Danial Waseem
black and white headshot of Halle Gavrielidis
black and white headshot of Joaquin Sanchez
black and white headshot of Justin Kobyluck
black and white headshot of Justin Mango
black and white headshot of Katherine Reardon
black and white headshot of Margaret Feeney
black and white headshot of Natasha Zielinski standing next to a statue of Jonathan the Husky
black and white headshot of Parth Patel
black and white headshot of Phillys Yang
black and white headshot of Robert Brito
black and white headshot of Ryan Gresh
black and white headshot of Spencer Matonis
black and white headshot of Stephanie Knowlton
black and white headshot of Steven Fox
black and white headshot of Vivek Tedla
Zakary "Mack" Cianciolo