February 25, 2024

Richardson Column in The Free Lance-Star

UMW College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

UMW College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson’s weekly column in The Free Lance-Star discusses the importance of making sure outsiders who do business with your organization understand your terminology. Read JARGON IN THE WORKPLACE.


Several years ago, we began a mentoring program in my business school. Students requested an alumni mentor, and we had a stable of alumni volunteers. We paired the student with someone in an area of the student’s interest.

It was up to the duo to figure out how they would meet. Many mentors were not in the local area, so most communication occurred via phone and email. But not always.

One day I ran into a local alumnus who had been matched with a student. I asked how it was going. Read more.