Hospitality mentors

Hospitality College Mentor Program

Building Your Professional Network. Supporting Your Personal Growth.

The Harrah College of Hospitality Mentor Program connects students with industry professionals who are eager to provide their time, knowledge, and experience to support students as they begin making career choices.

Mentorship gives students like you the opportunity to:

  • Build important life skills like goal setting, critical thinking and communication;
  • Create a foundation for your hospitality industry network;
  • Explore career opportunities and gain insight into the world of work; and
  • Access resources for life-long learning and development.

Interested in Mentoring a Hospitality Student?

If you work in the hospitality or tourism industry, consider sharing your experiences and professional knowledge with a UNLV Hospitality Management student. By becoming an industry mentor, you are:

  • Supporting future professionals in your field;
  • Making a positive impact in the community;
  • Developing your leadership and communication skills; and
  • Meeting some great people.

Industry Mentor Interest Form

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How Do I Get Involved?


Upper level and graduate Hospitality students are eligible to participate in the mentor program. Rebels in Las Vegas must apply by filling out the application form and dropping it off to the Boughner Career Services Center (HOS 128); students studying outside Las Vegas may apply by completing an online application form. The application deadline is Wednesday, September 6, 2023. For questions, please contact the Career Center at or 702-895-5554.


The Hospitality College Mentor Program is open to all college alumni and industry professionals around the world. To apply for the Mentor Program, please contact Maggie Hausbeck at or 702-895-1052.

Here’s What Some of Our Mentors/Mentees Are Saying

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“You never know who you might influence and how they may change your city, nation, or even the world. Supporting students by giving them a head start in their professional careers can build great leaders in the industry that will give back to the community.”

Kul Tomas Lee (pictured on right), Program Mentor and Human Resources Administrator, Penn National Gaming
Nataliia Kovtunenko

“Through the mentor program, I experienced something that I would not be able to get from the classroom. My mentor constantly guided me and gave me suggestions on ways to learn and grow, both personally and professionally.”

Nataliia Kovtunenko, Program Mentee and UNLV Hospitality College Student
Colleen Birch

“The Harrah Hotel College Mentor Program has been a two-way learning experience for both myself and those I’ve been paired with. Sharing ideas, keeping current, and offering guidance goes both ways.”

Colleen Birch, Program Mentor and Senior VP Revenue Optimization, The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Stacey Purcell

“I try to make every moment count with my mentees. I let them know that I was just like them when I was in college and that they can be anything they want if they work hard for it.”

Stacey Purcell, Program Mentor and Assistant Director of Sales, Caesars Entertainment


Boughner Center for Career & Alumni Services
Hospitality Hall, Suite 128
Phone: 702-895-5554
Fax: 702-895-4872