At the Northwestern Alumni Association we primarily use Xinspire for the Northwestern Network Mentorship Program, a large-scale program that allows student and alumni mentees to choose their own alumni mentor based on their current and future career goals via an easy-to-use online platform. The purpose of the program is to cultivate meaningful, professional mentor/mentee relationships between accomplished alumni and current students or alumni. To make matching and coordination easier, we have also added spaces on the platform to host the Northwestern Externship Program, the Dinner with Twelve program, and our medical school colleagues have a space for their Help Our Students Travel program.
Xinspire is easy to use and is always offering new innovative capabilities and interfaces. When we ask for the company to change something or design a solution for us based on something our particular needs, it happens in a short period of time and they’re willing to work with us.
Xinspire stood out to us because it’s a small company with attentive, driven, and thoughtful employees. Once we saw how driven the company is to always make their product the best it can possibly be and how willing they are to work with us to design solutions based on our needs, it was an easy decision to make. We’ve been very happy with our choice to contract with Xinspire.
At Griffith University, we are in the 23rd year of Industry Mentoring. Our Program started out with just a handful of alumni excited to share their wisdom with emerging young professionals, and grew and grew from there - until we reached the limit of what our administrative staff could handle! Our Program is very high-touch, with mentors who stay involved with their mentees well past the Program completion, and return to mentor year after year. The demand for mentoring among our students is huge, and we were seeking a solution that would allow us to offer the experience of being mentored to more students, be efficient in order to conserve administrative resources, maximise our global alumni and industry connections, and most importantly, not compromise the high-touch nature of our Program. Xinspire does all of this and more!
In the first year, we grew our mentor pool by 50%, were able to develop different types of mentoring experiences for students at different stages of their degree and double our mentoring opportunities for students. Xinspire offers many ways for users to connect with one another. Leveraging off the primary mentor-mentee relationship, there are so many opportunities to create meaningful connections between users. We also love the way the mentoring interactions remain accessible to participants even after the relationship has ended - providing a great resource for reflection and insight. We chose Xinspire when there weren’t many competitors in this space, but we stay with them because of their ingenious approach to mentoring, the functionality of the platform, and the collaborative and warm customer service.