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.
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:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
Here are a few of the mentors that have participated:
Ryan is a co-founder of The Feel Good Lab, a startup on a mission to provide healthier Over the Counter pain relief options. Prior to launching The Feel Good Lab, Ryan was an aerospace engineer working on designing helicopters and jet engines. That passion led Ryan to start his own aerospace sales company where he helped negotiate over $900MM in long term contracts for his customers. Ryan graduated from the UConn School of Engineering (’09) and lives in Berlin, CT.