Las Vegas Sands has numerous initiatives at our properties around the globe that offer our Team Members the opportunity to share their time and talent to support aspiring hospitality professionals in our local communities. In conjunction with International Mentoring Day on January 17, we are proud to highlight our partnership with UNLV and the Hotel College Mentor Program through our Sands Cares corporate citizenship program.
The UNLV Hotel College Mentor Program was launched in 1994. Since its inception the program has provided students with invaluable experience and exposure within the hospitality industry. The program is offered to junior and senior level students who are paired with a professional that is aligned with the student’s prospective career path for a seven-month period. The Venetian and The Palazzo currently have 25 Team Members that are participating in the program.
Jack Easdale, vice president of yield management for The Venetian and The Palazzo, was honored with the UNLV Mentor of the Year Award in 2015 for his work with hotel college student Kaiyang Wu. “What I’d hoped to provide as a mentor to a burgeoning young student is the full spectrum of what’s available out there, so that he or she can make the right choices early on in their undergrad to be well suited for the position they want when they graduate,” says Easdale. “My goal was to give Kaiyang a thorough understanding of ‘a day in the life of’ a revenue management professional, and based on his feedback that was accomplished.”
Our partnership with UNLV has even resulted in former mentees being hired upon their graduation. Amanda Liu was part of the program as a student and is now a specialist in relationship marketing at The Venetian and The Palazzo. “I’ve always felt that an academic program is not complete without its connection to the real world,” Liu continued. “The UNLV mentor program provides this perfect opportunity for me, a graduate student, to connect with industrial professionals from whom I can learn how real business works, and how to apply the knowledge I learn at school.”
For more information about the UNLV Hotel College, visit https://www.unlv.edu/hotel.