Believe in Ohio: Mentoring Matters ... Alisa's Story

I am a student at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio and became aware of a mentoring program there through the Black American Council. My mentor has helped me both professionally and personally. He ensured that I stayed on track with all of my math courses to achieve my Associate Degree.

My mentor also introduced me to the National Technical Association (NTA), the nation’s oldest professional organization supporting minorities in engineering and technology. Through NTA I am deeply involved with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and participate in robotics competitions, STEM presentations along with other activities that help prepare me for science careers. With the help of my mentor, by engaging in the programs that my mentor helps provide, I’ve grown a great deal in STEM knowledge and experience.

Importantly, my mentor inspires me by the way he gives back to the community. One day, thanks to the example that my mentor shows through his support, dedication and passion, I will mentor other students so they can also follow the path of a great journey to success.

Alisa Smith, Computer Network Technology Student
Cuyahoga Community College
Cleveland, Ohio

Alisa’s story is why we need mentors. The Urban STEM Mentoring Network is designed to assist high school students for only 1 hour per month. Click on to assist the Alisa’s in our community.

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Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 11:40:56 AM
Subject: CORRECT LINK: Dissertation Research





Are you (or were you) a Black management consultant who works for a large firm? Are you aware of someone who is?


My name is Brook Dennard, and I am conducting a study designed to explore the techniques Black management consultants employ in negotiating cross-cultural interactions with their colleagues and clients. I am looking for volunteers interested in completing a brief 7-10 minute survey. The link to complete this survey and additional details regarding the survey and study can be found below.


Description of the study: The goal of this study is to identify the techniques Black management consultants employ in negotiating cross-cultural interactions with their colleagues and clients. The information collected will increase our understanding of how Black management consultants establish rapport with their counterparts and clients. By highlighting the experiences of Black management consultants, we can demonstrate how an increased understanding of the interpersonal process of negotiating cross-cultural interactions translates into the successful recruitment and retention of minority talent.


Who can participate? This study seeks to examine the experiences of Black management consultants in large management consulting firms. Participants must meet the following criteria:


  • Currently or previously employed as a management consultant at a large consulting firm (including, but not limited to, Deloitte, Bain, IBM, Accenture, Booze Allen, or PWC)

  • Identify as Black or African-American 

All information provided in the survey will be confidential!


Who is the researcher? The researcher for this study is a doctoral candidate at George Washington University in Washington, DC. This research is being conducted to fulfill the requirements of her doctoral degree. She hopes the results of the study will be useful in giving a voice to Black management consultants and will help consulting firms understand the unique and often inaudible challenges faced by minority management consultants.


How do I participate? If you would like to participate in this study, please complete the questionnaire using the link below.  If you know someone who might meet the criteria for participation, please forward this email to them as well!


Questions? If you would like additional information about my research, or would like to provide potential participants with additional information on this study, please feel free to share the attached Research Briefing, and/or contact the researcher: Brook Dennard at


Try link below!



Thank you so much for your support!


Brook Dennard
Doctoral Candidate
The George Washington University



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