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Skill Development and Mentoring

Build Your Professional Competencies

In today’s rapidly evolving business environment with ever-advancing technologies, one thing remains constant: the need for effective business competencies. Leadership, teamwork, networking, presentation skills, cultural competency, and the like are necessary requirements of nearly all job descriptions or, at the very least, required for advancement after securing one’s first job.

Stuart School of Business provides opportunities for students to gain, practice, and demonstrate these abilities via a wide range of professional development offerings, beginning at pre-term.

Whether one-on-one or in a group, online or in the classroom, during the week or on weekends, our students have numerous options to become increasingly job-ready starting from their first day on campus. Use the links below to learn more.

Curt Allee
Curt Allee

Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and Student Success
Adjunct Instructor, Stuart School of Business

Profile and contact information


Advancing Career and Education (ACE)

Stuart’s innovative ACE Program helps students develop the business competencies that can give them a competitive edge in applying for internships and jobs.

More than 100 Chicago-based organizations have worked with the Stuart School through its unique ACE Program to accomplish their organizational goals. By partnering with ACE, organizations benefit from having a team of bright, motivated students from multiple disciplines to help find solutions to business issues and assist with researching, analyzing, or creating new opportunities.

Advancing Career and Education (ACE)

Professional Communication Advancement (PCA)

PCA provides students with customized and targeted instruction to build their English language communication skills. Find out about language assessments, courses that are offered, opportunities to practice English conversation skills through SPEAK, and other resources for tutoring and language practice.

Professional Communication Advancement (PCA)


Stuart School of Business student teams have an impressive record of success in regional, national, and international academic competitions that draw teams from top universities from around the world. In recent years, Stuart teams have been among the best in the CFA Institute Research Challenge, the McGill International Portfolio Challenge, the PRMIA Risk Management Challenge, and other contests.

These competitions provide opportunities for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to solving real-world problems. Mentoring from Stuart faculty, working on complex projects in teams, and opportunities to network with industry professionals and peer students from other universities are among the many benefits for the participants.

Illinois Tech Team Wins Chicago-Area Competition of the 2021 CFA Institute Research Challenge

2021 Illinois Tech team in CFA Institute Research Challenge

Congratulations to the team of Stuart students and faculty advisor Michael Rybak for their outstanding performance in the 2021 Chicago competition of the prestigious CFA Institute Research Challenge! The Stuart team members are (clockwise from top left) Umer Baloch, Mohamed Shamel, Edward Paros, Dilum Meegoda, and Benjamin Barber. Read more

Stuart Board of Advisors Mentoring Program

This program pairs Stuart undergraduate and graduate students with business executives from the school’s Board of Advisors, who serve as mentors throughout the academic year. Mentees are selected through an application process. For more information, contact

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Mentoring at Stuart: Anthony Thurston and Frank Clark

Anthony Thurston (BA/M.S. FIN ’15) talks about his experience with Frank Clark, his Board of Advisors mentor:

“Frank really gave me insight into working in a corporate setting that I had never heard before. He was willing to talk to me about anything—from school to sports. He even invited me to his home to meet his family. For students, this program can give you the opportunity to quickly expand your professional network with successful alumni from Stuart.”

Stuart School of Business

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