More Than 60 Gather for First ABOG Mentee Reunion

Geri Ehle, center, shares a moment with Richard Secunda at the ABOG mentorship alumni reunion event.

More than 60 mentees attended the first ABOG (Academic Business Officers Group) mentorship alumni reunion at UC San Francisco on Sept. 4 at the Millberry Union Conference Center. Mentees from 1991 to present listened to John Plotts, senior vice chancellor of Finance and Administration, address the group. 

Senior Vice Chancellor John Plotts shares his experience with mentorship at the ABOG event.

He shared his experience with mentorship prior to joining UCSF.  When Plotts was getting started in his career, a female supervisor mentored him in the 1970s and early 1980s. Despite facing challenges as a woman in the workforce in the ‘70s, she helped guide him through the building phase of his career. 

Beyond the formal aspect of the mentorship program was the bond that was forged with his mentor, whom he continues to meet with over dinner every few months. The mentor-mentee “relationship can last a lifetime,” according to Plotts.

He went on to say that the ABOG Mentorship Program provides the opportunity to get to know people from other departments, break down boundaries, and encourages mentees to get out of their comfort zones. Plotts is very happy to continue to support the ABOG Mentorship Program.

Marge O’Halloran, MBA, MPH, director of Research Management Services, introduced Plotts. After his welcome address there was an icebreaker activity, which evolved into the group having animated and lively discussions. A buffet table was laden with delicious treats that added to the festive atmosphere.

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Photos by Marco Sanchez

Group photo of the current ABOG mentees and alumni of the ABOG mentee program.