Edward Lontoh '01 and Blaise Hope '12 recently connected through the Northwestern Network Mentorship Program. Both live in Jakarta, Indonesia. “As a Westerner working in the East and especially in a subtle business culture like Indonesia’s, you are always looking for signs to divine the best approach to a given situation,” Hope says. “Talking to Edward has helped clear the mist. On top of that, he has introduced me to investors who are in a position to work with me. It's invaluable.”

For Lontoh, serving as a mentor has given him an opportunity to help a recent graduate with the transition from college to work, which was a difficult experience for him, along with many other benefits. “My participation has deepened my connection to Northwestern and expanded my networking significantly,” he says.

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Mentorship Experience Enhances Northwestern Network in Indonesia