Berkeley College and New Jersey Business and Industry Association Inspire Future Leaders through Mentoring Program

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Berkeley College

Berkeley College and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) recently piloted a mentoring program, seeking to pair students and aspiring entrepreneurs with experienced business professionals. The initial meeting for mentors and mentees took place on January 30, 2018, at Berkeley College in Paramus, NJ.

“Developing a mentorship program in partnership with higher education is a worthwhile initiative because it brings an opportunity to strengthen the relationships of business and industry with the next generation of leaders in the Garden State,” said Betty Boros, Chief Value Officer, NJBIA.

During the meeting, leaders from the NJBIA Women Business Leaders Network spoke about upcoming initiatives and Randy Luing, President, BES, Inc., and Zuleika Cuevas, Human Resources Manager, Training and Development, shared their experiences with the six-month employee mentorship program at Berkeley College.

“Mentoring is about relationships that improve upon a particular performance to fill that behavior gap from where I am today and taking you to where you want to be tomorrow,” said Ms. Cuevas.

Mr. Luing said one of the most valuable parts of mentorship is job shadowing between the mentor and mentee.

“When I shadow my mentees, I really learn a lot,” he said. “It gives you a new respect for your mentee. You may find your mentee is really good at what he or she does.” 

How to Make the Most of Mentoring

  • Identify the goals. What does the mentee say they want to have accomplished by the end of the formal mentorship?
  • Conversation starters. Develop guidelines to kick-start the conversation, but let the relationship develop naturally over time.
  • Silence is golden. Listening is the key to communication. Silence builds rapport.
  • A two-way street. Recognize that the relationship is beneficial for the mentor, too. Being a mentor expands your professional network and introduces you to new industries and departments.


Read More: Click here to read more tips published by NJBIA about making a productive mentorship match.

Javon Parker, a student at Berkeley College majoring in International Business, attended the event to network with business professionals and identify a potential mentor.

“Now is the right time for me to find a mentor who can help guide me in my career goals for the future,” he said. “I want to help make a difference for my mentor as well.”

Berkeley College

Photo Captions: (Top) Zuleika Cuevas, Human Resources Manager, Training and Development, shares her experiences with mentorship at Berkeley College, during a piloted mentoring program between Berkeley College and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association on January 30, 2018. (Above, L to R) Berkeley College students Javon Parker, an International Business major, and Aisha Dubose, an Accounting major, attended the event to network with the business community and identify potential mentors. (Below) Ms. Cuevas and Randy Luing, President, BES, Inc., discuss takeaways from the six-month mentorship program at Berkeley College.

Berkeley College

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,100 students – including more than 440 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.


Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For five consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is

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