Maximizing The Mentor-Mentee Experience

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Internships should be an important part of an organizations talent acquisition strategy. How invested is your organization in its internship programs? In this session we will learn how a strategic, structured internship program can prove it worth in ROI. More importantly we will discover the impact a meaningful mentor-mentee relationship can have in an internship. Learn from those who have mastered this area and have brought top talent into their organization as a result.


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Jon Spack
Chief Growth Officer
Jon joined Spark in January 2009, and, in his role as Chief Growth Officer, Jon leverages his years of educational program management and his academic exposure to take Spark to new communities, build core infrastructure to sustainably expand high-quality programming, and lead overall operations and organizational culture throughout the Spark network. Jon led the expansion of Spark to Los Angeles in 2010, Chicago in 2011, and Oakland and Philadelphia in 2012 through a partnership with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to Spark, Jon had a nine-year career at Citizen Schools, another apprenticeship based national non profit organization, where he led national volunteer initiatives and helped open programs in Texas and California. During his time, Jon was one of 50 professionals selected for the Boston’s Future Leaders Program, sponsored by Harvard Business School. Jon received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his M.S. in Non Profit/NGO Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. Jon also serves on the Bay Area Alumni Board for Education Pioneers and on the National Staff Alumni Advisory Council for Citizen Schools.
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Michael Shafrir
Mobile Web Engineer
Michael Shafrir is a Mobile Web engineer at Twitter. At Twitter, Michael helps build both the high-end smartphone and low-end feature phone mobile web products that are used by millions of people around the globe every month. Since joining Twitter in August 2012, Michael has worked on various high-profile feature launches. Prior to Twitter, Michael co-founded Marketbrief, a financial technology startup; Marketbrief was funded as part of the YCombinator Summer 2011 batch. Before Marketbrief, Michael was a member of the Labs (R&D) team at Millennial Media, the largest independent mobile advertising platform. He has also worked at various technology consulting roles at Oracle, Accenture, and Function1. Michael received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland – College Park. Michael has been a Spark mentor for two semesters, and has worked with his apprentice on projects focusing on learning HTML, CSS, and Javascript.
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Michael Davis
IS Director & Partner
HFS Consultants
Michael Davis is the Director of Information Systems for HFS Consultants, a consulting firm that offers a broad range of healthcare services focused on the needs of healthcare facilities seeking assistance with financial, strategic, management, reorganization and other issues.

Mr. Davis is responsible for creating the companywide technology vision in alignment with the firm’s overall strategic growth initiatives and business objectives.  He develops strategic and operational plans for all divisions, and oversees all technology-related staff to ensure that IT operations effectively meet HFS Consultants standards.

Davis, who is a founding Oakland Spark member, has mentored 5 students over the last two years, providing one-on-one technology apprenticeships at HFS’s Oakland offices.