Celebrating the role of mentors in nurturing entrepreneurial endeavors, Wilkes University’s Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship is hosting the third annual mentor breakfast honoring three executive mentors at 8 a.m. Oct. 25 in the ballroom of the Henry Student Center.
The center offers a mentoring program for new businesses and maintains a network of advisors who offer their services on a limited pro-bono basis. In conjunction with the academic resources of Wilkes University, these business and industry leaders offer years of experience and mentorship to students and prospective start-up businesses. At the breakfast, three business leaders from the community are being honored for their work in the mentoring program
The honorees include Peter Cronk, attorney and partner at Duane Morris Law firm; Laura Ducceschi, president and CEO of The Scranton Area Foundation; and James Lennox, director of instrumentation in the College of Science and Engineering at Wilkes University.
Five Wilkes University students who serve as Kirby Scholars will also be recognized. They are Gerard Setteducato, accounting; Jordan Fritz, communication studies; Sean Westawski, electrical engineering; Madison Kaminski, digital design and media art; and Jessie Lopez, biology.
The students undergo a rigorous selection process involving a review committee of faculty, Allan P. Kirby Center staff, and the executive-in-residence. The scholars provide services to the clients and to the Allan P. Kirby Center. In turn, they receive valuable experience in their field of study and formal recognition of their work.