Mentors Share Experience with Female Student-Athletes


On April 17,  more than 30 alumni, parents and community members and 80 student-athletes participated in an Alumni Athletics Mentoring Workshop in Beckham Hall. As part of the program, mentors met with female student-athletes to speak about career options.

Student-athlete Melissa Leung ’16 has first-hand knowledge of the workshop’s value. “At last year’s event, I met my mentor, Clare Colton ’12,” says Leung, who attended the event for the second year in a row. “Clare provided resume and email etiquette advice and connected me with Jim Citrin (P’12 P’14), senior director of Spencer Stuart, who created an internship position for me with Spencer Stuart in Shanghai last semester, during my semester abroad.”

(Photos by Dat Vu ’15.)

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Former Wesleyan field hockey and lacrosse player Suzi Byers ’94 shares her experience with Rosemary Martin ’16 at the mentoring event.

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Former Wes lacrosse and field hockey player Jenny Honen ’86 (with back to the camera) and former Wes field hockey, squash, crew and tennis player Dr. Adrienne Bentman ‘74 engage with current student-athletes.

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Former Wesleyan soccer and lacrosse player Lexi Turner ’83 P’18 was one the more than 30 mentors who met with student-athletes, including Lauren Yue ‘17.

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Former Wesleyan ice hockey, field hockey and track star Fran Rivkin ’78 listens while former Wes soccer and lacrosse player Meg Dempsey ’85 P’18 answers a student question. Alicia White ’15 looks on.

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Dan Lynch ’80 P’11 P’14 and former Wes soccer and rugby player Mike McKenna ’73 share their experience with student-athlete participants.

Wesleyan Athletic Director Mike Whalen ’83 speaks to the workshop participants.

Wesleyan Athletic Director Mike Whalen ’83 speaks to workshop participants.

Workshop participants included Liza Barrett ’86 P’17, middle school English teacher, Williamstown, Massachusetts; Julie Bennett ’00, director, Citigroup, Equity Derivatives, New York; Dr. Adrienne Bentman ’74, director, General Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Hartford Hospital; Suzi Byers ’94, Spanish teacher at Lexington (Massachusetts) Montessori School; Sibyll Catalan ’87, UCLA Academy Initiative; Clare Colton ’12, analyst, CEO Practice and Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice, Spencer Stuart; Meg Dempsey ’85 P’18 business and education professional; Caitlyn Grudzinski ’13, analyst, Goldman Sachs; Jen Heppel ’90, associate commissioner, Big Ten Conference; Jenny Honen ’86, psychotherapist; Dr. Chris Kincaid ’83 P’18, professor of oceanography, University of Rhode Island; Dan Lynch ’80 P’11 P’14, CEO and CFO in biotech industries; Liz Lynch ’80 P’11 P’14, senior advisor for Evercore, NYC; Mike McKenna ’73, managing partner, McKenna & Partners; Jody Menard ’84, software client leader, IBM; Abbe Chatinover Miller ’79, director of Graduate Art Therapy Program, professor of psychology, Albertus Magnus College; Dr. Alison Patricelli ’90, vice president for innovation at Women’s Health USA, manager, Folly Farm Inc., founder, Breckenridge Montesorri; Jana Penders ’87; Fran Rivkin ’78, freelance business consultant and math tutor; Jane Smith ’84, senior vice president, Lubert-Adler Partners, L.P. Real Estate Funds; Lexi Turner ’83 P’18, non-profit management, community development and affordable housing proessional; Susan Webster ’77 P’18, attorney, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Dr. Patricia Wetherill P’15, P’18, doctor of internal medicine and infectious diseases, Norwalk Hospital; Kate Windsor P’17, head, Miss Porter’s School; and Christina Zimmerman ’86, architect, systems analyst and mainframe manager at Cigna.

Other participants sharing their time and advice included Kate Antonucci, school social worker at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Middletown; Justin Carbonella, youth services coordinator for the City of Middletown; Alison Monarca, school guidance counselor and former elementary school teacher in the Middletown Public Schools; Teresa Opalacz; and Quentin “Q” Phipps, community relations manager, Stamford Charter School for Excellence.

Click here to read about last year’s event.