Feb. 27, 2013
Championship behavior on and off the court goes hand-in-hand with championship programs. The Vanderbilt women’s basketball program is making great efforts to ensure its student-athletes are prepared to be leaders outside the confines of Memorial Gym.
In January, the team kicked off the new year in high-fashion by launching the Opening Dores Mentor Program. This program matches Vanderbilt players with successful female role models from the Nashville business community. These women will serve as mentors to the players, as well as provide them with job shadow opportunities and dinner programs during each semester.
The first mentor dinner was held on Tuesday, February 5 and gave the players an opportunity to mingle and network with the mentors prior to the meal. Following dinner, two mentors presented to the group.
Laural Gooden, who works in human resources for Walgreens, gave a presentation on resume writing. Gooden’s presentation was followed by one from Dr. Jennifer Halpern, an orthopedic surgeon at Vanderbilt. Dr. Halpern discussed life balance and networking, as well as how the mentors and mentees can work together to achieve the best results.
On Sunday, February 24, the program took an opportunity to honor the mentors at halftime of the Texas A&M game. Each mentor was recognized and introduced to the crowd during intermission.
For more information on Opening Dores or information on becoming a mentor, contact the women’s basketball office at 615-343-8482.