Financial Literacy: Business Mentors Department of Finance at the University of Illinois
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Business Mentors Clearinghouse

The Department of Finance is partnering with Champaign Rotary to establish a clearinghouse of local business people who are willing to bring their experience and insight into the classroom.

Frequently, teachers would like to call on guest speakers to elaborate on a specific aspect of what they are teaching in consumer education, but developing the connections required to do this on a consistent basis takes a great deal of time and resources. Often guest speakers are limited to those people with whom the teacher has personal contact; more frequently the teacher has no personal contacts and so the opportunity is lost.

The Business Mentor Clearinghouse is designed to provide teachers with a list of business people willing to participate, the specific areas each speaker could address, and an easy method of contact. Business people willing to go into the classroom will be able to volunteer without having to make an overture to the teacher directly. Moreover, the partnership with Rotary means that business people will have an opportunity to share their experiences with other members of Rotary, providing the encouragement needed to inspire others to also volunteer their time in the classroom.

The Business Mentor Clearinghouse will provide a critical resource for teachers at both the High School and University level. Partnership with Rotary will allow us to involve local business people who have much to offer but who currently have no personal connection with either the University or the High Schools.

To obtain a list of the current Business Mentors please contact Professor Elisabeth Oltheten at


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