Young Alumni Mentoring Groups

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Are you looking to gain clarity on who you are and how your work aligns with what’s important to you? Has COVID, the “Great Resignation,” or other factors made you reconsider what you want from work and life? Are you looking to figure out what’s next for you, personally and professionally? Would you like to do this work while building a strong network of Wake Forest alumni?

Young Alumni Mentoring Groups provide a unique opportunity for Wake Forest young professionals to come together in a small group for facilitated conversation, reflection, action planning, and to make meaningful connections about life and work. These groups are open to alumni who graduated from the undergraduate College in class years 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

For over 10 years, these groups have empowered young alumni to answer their most pressing career questions:

  • How do I excel where I am?
  • How might I figure out my next step?
  • Is it possible to find work that aligns with my personal values?
  • How can I get feedback from my manager and colleagues?
  • Can I set boundaries with my teammates?

In this time of COVID and the “Great Resignation,” we believe these conversations are more important than ever. Together, we’ll discuss values, strengths, interests, and identity and how these things show up at work and in our lives; how to create a life that aligns with personal meaning and purpose; how to do work effectively in the midst of so much change, uncertainty, and upheaval; how to find your people; and so much more! You’ll get individual coaching along the way and leave with an action plan for what’s next, for you.

Joining a mentoring group in DC after graduating from Wake was the perfect ‘reset’ button I needed to start thinking about my career goals in new and exciting ways.

Kate Brogan (’10)

Ready to join a group?

Here are the important details:

  • Open to Undergraduate Alumni from Class Years 2017-2021
  • Groups are limited to 20 alumni
  • Groups will meet in-person, COVID permitting, in Washington, DC and Winston-Salem, NC
  • The deadline to join is September 2nd
  • Cost to join a group is $50, which includes dinner for 5 meetings, books, and materials


Registration for our 2022-2023 Young Alumni Mentoring Groups is now closed.

Come back later this fall for information on Spring 2023 groups!


September 13

November 8

January 10

March 7

May 2

Group Meeting Time: 6-8pm

Cost: $50

Washington, DC:

September 27

November 15

January 24

March 21

May 9

Group Meeting Time: 6-8pm

Cost: $50

“The book helped give me the courage and tools to begin imagining and moving toward a career beyond the narrow lane in which I was afraid I’d be stuck forever.”

Five For Your First Five reader

“Our group had numerous meaningful conversations about work and life that I likely wouldn’t have had elsewhere. This experience was so helpful in figuring out how to navigate the changes I was mulling and making a plan for what was to come next.”

Jason Hooker (’18), mentoring group participant

“The goal-setting exercises helped me break the process down into manageable bits, and exercises for matching goals with needed resources helped me figure out who to start reaching out to.”

Five For Your First Five reader

“The young alumni mentoring group was a very important addition to my life in a new city. Allison’s advice, reading material, and discussion environment made for a very introspective and positive space for growth — professionally and personally!”

2019-20 Mentoring Group Participant

“The conversations within this mentoring group were very impactful. The lessons and topics discussed provided a foundation to begin shaping my career as a young professional.”

2020-21 Mentoring Group Participant

“This group was an excellent way to connect with other alumni whom I might never have met otherwise to discuss meaningful topics in our personal and professional lives. Talking through these heavy topics with people in both similar and quite different situations helped provide a wide range of insights and perspectives. A great forum to discuss the big things on your mind and realize that you are not alone!”

2020-21 Mentoring Group Participant