Rhoda IsraelovTitle, department and job responsibilities: I’m an executive-in-residence/executive career mentor in the College’s Career Development Office. In this position I do a number of things including: meet individually with students during their four years in the College; monitor students’ Career Passport activities; deliver workshops; connect students with the local business community; take students to networking meetings, such as the Circle Business Network, JCC Business Network and Columbia Club Business Network; and conduct visits to internship sites.

I also run the Rhoda Israelov Scholarship Career Tea, an event for female undergraduates held each spring. Funding for the event comes from a scholarship I started 11 years ago, that was first used to provide financial aid to a female finance student. Recently, the money was redirected to fund this event. The purpose of the event is to provide female students the opportunity to engage with local female business and community leaders to get answers to questions about work habits, obstacles facing women in the workplace, and the job search.

Years at Butler: I came to Butler in January 2006. Since that time, I have had more than 200 student mentees.

Most memorable academic experience(s) at Butler: My most memorable experience was watching my first mentee – Robbie Person – graduate. Robbie was special because, before Robbie was born, as a life insurance professional, I signed up Robbie’s parents for a policy. It was special meeting them again and knowing I’d helped their son pursue a finance career.

Also high on the list of memorial experiences was organizing the International Trade Institute program for Taiwanese students. The College hosted the students for six weeks and I developed the entire agenda, which included corporate internships and visits throughout Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Chicago.

Projects/research you’re currently involved with: I own a professional ghost-blogging and web content business called, Say It For You. Through this experience, I have been invited to put together a social media panel at “At The Top Networking” in March. I also remain very active in local associations, including the National Speakers Association. I attend an average of 10 networking events each month, always with an eye to develop new corporate partnerships for our students.

What current intellectual or creative question are you thinking about these days: I’m interested in knowing how we (society) can lead less “busy” – yet more productive – lives. Focus and balance are important qualities to help my students cultivate as they manage their many academic, social and work obligations and pursuits. I often tell students, “Be where you are, when you’re there.”

What do you enjoy most about teaching: I enjoy helping students explore new things, but at the same time, find a path in life that is most comfortable for them. The one-on-one interaction with students is very invigorating and rewarding to me.

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