Ally named key sponsor of Mike Ilitch School of Business Corporate Mentor Program

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October 05, 2017

Ally, a leading digital financial services company, has been named key sponsor and partner of the Mike Ilitch School of Business Corporate Mentor Program.

The Corporate Mentor Program affords Mike Ilitch School of Business students the opportunity to be matched with a professional corporate mentor and work one-on-one throughout the entire academic year.

“The Corporate Mentor Program is a career-focused mentorship program for undergraduate business students who are the first in their family to get a bachelor’s degree in the U.S.,” said Amber Conway, co-director of the program. “A lot of the mentors we have right now are custom-matched for the student, so we have everything from small business owners to Fortune 500 executives.”

Ally’s support ensures the program will continue to allow students to work closely with their mentors to help move their interests forward, gain exposure to the day-to-day world of work, and experience other professional opportunities for success after college.

“Ally is committed to doing it right in our communities, and participation in the Wayne State Corporate Mentoring program is a great example of this commitment,” said Tom Elkins, senior vice president of business analytics at Ally and alumnus of the Mike Ilitch School of Business. “Associates at Ally want to have a tangible impact in their communities. Through our participation in this program, our associates are able to help first-generation college students successfully navigate the unique challenges of transitioning from university life to a professional career.”

Along with supporting the program financially, Ally supplies at least 10 mentors every cycle and provides guest speakers for events.

 “The culture at Ally is a great fit for the program,” said Elkins. “Our focus on good leadership behaviors as well as an emphasis on diversity and inclusion, make our associates great mentors for these students.”

“By participating in the program, Ally is exposed to a large group of highly engaged, talented and well-educated students, which is exciting for a growing, innovative company like Ally. We are proud to participate and excited to sponsor this cutting-edge program,” he added.

For more information on the Corporate Mentor Program, visit

About the Mike Ilitch School of Business
The Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business prepares students for challenging and rewarding careers, advances the boundaries of scholarly and practitioner knowledge, and enhances the economic vitality of the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan and beyond through its programs, research and community engagement. Established in 1946, the business school was renamed in 2015 in recognition of a $40 million gift from Mike and Marian Ilitch. Thanks to this lead investment, a new state-of-the-art building is slated to open in the heart of the District Detroit in 2018, and entrepreneurial programming and collaboration with city businesses are expanding. For more information, visit

About Ally
Ally is a leading digital financial services company known for its award-winning online banking, auto finance products, CashBack Credit Card, mortgage products, corporate finance and growing wealth management and brokerage platform. Ally supports a diverse and inclusive work environment where individuals of all backgrounds, experiences, interests and skills are respected and appreciated. The company's commitment to diversity, collaboration and creativity makes Ally an outstanding place to work and positions Ally for continued success.

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