A call to mentor Weatherhead students came full circle for Larry Goldrick, MBA ’76 this fall, when he began mentoring Bobby Hager, the first recipient of the Larry E. Goldrick, Sr. Scholarship. The semi-retired supply chain management consultant established the scholarship for students in Weatherhead’s MSM-Operations Research and Supply Chain Management (MSM-OR/SC) program—the first for the program. Along with financial support toward his degree, Hager will receive time with Goldrick as a mentor. Goldrick brings 40+ years of experience in supply chain management—a field with many application and linear concepts—to his mentorship role.
Hager is not the first Weatherhead student to benefit from Goldrick’s advice and good counsel. Goldrick has mentored more than 30 students since Coffee Connections, the alumni mentoring program, was started by the Career Management Office.
“Larry has been instrumental in supporting students through their career research process, especially our international students. The commitment he has demonstrated to the Coffee Connections program over the years is outstanding,” said Meenakshi Sharma, Assistant Dean of Career Services & Student Affair. “I have heard great reviews from students and alumni about how much they appreciate Larry's help,” adds Sharma. “He understands the impact and influence our alumni can have on students.”
Lin Ma, MSM-FIN ’11, met Goldrick in winter 2010 through a friend of a friend. “I must have called him a million times on different issues. He never turned me down even once,” said Ma, who is now a credit analyst for Santander Bank. “Without him, life in the U.S. would have been a lot harder for me. There were many times I wanted to give up and he tried his best to encourage me. Because of him, I kept trying and always ended up getting what I wanted, but he deserves all the credit,” said Ma.
Goldrick understands that international students may face bigger issues and have a greater need for mentoring. He has no grandchildren and says of Weatherhead students, “They are God’s gift to me.”
A graduate of Wayne State University, Goldrick was working full-time and married two years with two kids at home when he began his eight-year journey through Weatherhead’s part-time MBA program. In recent years, Goldrick has strengthened ties with the MSM-OR/SC program and Matt Maloney, director of the program, by contributing his expertise and mentoring students. “Larry has been volunteering his time to mentor students and participate in our program events,” said Maloney. “We’re very grateful that his scholarship will help the program grow.”
“I’ve been fortunate to have a successful career, which has allowed me to fund a scholarship. The alumni mentoring program brought me closer to the school. I see the scholarship as a way to pay it forward,” said Goldrick. He is very pleased with his first scholar, Hager, who possesses the qualities Goldrick was looking for in his scholar. The two have met several times as Hager weighs the pros and cons of several pending job offers. “He’s hard-working, intelligent and personable,” says Goldrick.
The Coffee Connections program at Weatherhead is innovative and has been a positive experience for Goldrick. It’s the positive experiences that keep him coming back each year. Plus, he continues to get referrals from former mentees – one could say his supply of mentees will not run out.
Learn more about supporting Weatherhead students by establishing your own scholarship or contributing towards an existing scholarship fund, or find out how you can connect with current students through the Coffee Connections program.