On June 6, 2018 the U.S.- Russia Chamber of Commerce (USRCC) hosted its 2nd Annual Young Professionals Speed Mentoring and Networking event that took place at the University of Houston Downtown, Marilyn Davies College of Business and drew a crowd of more than 40 young professionals from the various industries.
 
The event started with opening remarks provided by Ilya Aranovich, USRCC Young Professionals Committee Chair and welcome remarks provided by Dr. Kevin Barksdale, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Marilyn Davies College of Business, who greeted the guests on behalf of the University of Houston Downtown and encouraged all the mentors to introduce themselves. 
Opening remarks were followed by speed mentoring sessions during which mentors shared their experience and professional challenges, gave advice on what worked for them the best and shared what they would have they done differently. 
 
Mentees had an opportunity to discuss professional strengths, exchange business cards, ask questions, and gain insights from senior business professionals. 
 
The overall goal of the speed mentoring was for the mentees to get a quick snippet of mentoring advice from each mentor in order to continue in the quest of growing within their careers.
 
Our special thanks to all the mentors:
 
Michelle Hundley, Economic Development Advisor, Office of Harris County Judge Ed Emmett
 
Stephen Fulton, General Manager, Shipping and Logistics, TMK IPSCO
                                               
Dr. Kevin Barksdale, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Marilyn Davies College of Business, University of Houston Downtown
 
Mikhail Antonov, President and Managing Director, Gazprom Marketing and Trading, USA
 
Nikolay Gergov, Vice President, Relationship Manager, Corporate Banking, BBVA Compass
 
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Testimonial by Steve Fulton, General Manager Shipping and Logistics, TMK IPSCO:
 
“I wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Speed Mentoring Forum yesterday.  I felt this was a great event to be a part of, lots of different experiences at each table!   I’m hopeful the experiences I shared were informative and useful to the group and spurred some thoughts and ideas on how to plan their professional careers.  This Forum has given me some interesting thoughts I can convey and work on with our young group at our Corporate location.   Thank you for that!
 
I would be interested in participating in a future event if I’m available to do so.”

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