Meet a Mentor: Tim Rhoads

The GTI Mentorship Program aims to connect international students to working professionals in the NC State and local communities. Mentors are part of the PACK (Professional, Accessible, Compassionate, and Knowledgeable). Tim Rhoads works in the field of supply chain consulting. He is the managing partner of Kelekent Systems, Inc. Tim became involved in the program because he has a passion for guiding people who are young in their careers or their roles and has previously mentored college students and new hires during his corporate career.

Tim’s experience with the mentorship program has been positive and beneficial:

“The program is new and evolving, but well organized and managed. A primary objective when I joined the program was for the time invested to be beneficial to both me and the mentee. That objective has been fully met from the very first meeting with Yuantong. The program structure both supports and enables the mentor / mentee relationship, and the time invested, to change focus as appropriate for the relationship. As Yuantong’s schedule and focus changed through the semester and he learned more about the area, we were free to adjust our objectives. Yuantong and I are excited to pursue more objectives as soon as he returns from his summer research project. From resumes to networking to professional references to internships our relationship has grown and opened more options to pursue this semester for our mutual benefit.”

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