Spotlight: Michael Hammer

Economics, Mathematics @ John Hopkins

"With Edith, the incentive structure is something that I think is just incredibly important - someone cares about whether or not I get a good job. Edith has done a really good job of finding fantastic mentors and good mentees that are in the program. It's not just mentor mentee relationship, it's also the relationship amongst the mentees that's a big factor too. This is something that even good universities like Johns Hopkins just doesn't really provide. You pay a ton of money and you don't get that value.

I've tried Wall Street Oasis mentors before and had a call with someone. First of all, it was not good. Maybe I got a bad person, maybe it wasn't like the person I chose wasn't good. It just felt like he was trying to upsell me on resume help or something else. He didn't give me the greatest advice. There was no continuing relationship, and if I did want to continue I'd have to pay every time I wanted to meet him. With the Fellowship I can comfortably email Thomas (Michael's mentor) and he gets back to me. I don't think it's just about the money for him. It's more that he actually cares because he's agreed to do something - he's agreed to take on a mentee/Fellow under his wing.

So for me, that's been very valuable. Edith has done a very good job of finding a lot of people in different industries. I can speak to people in different industries, and I can go to the coffee or fireside chats and learn more about various different industries. And then once you're in the Fellowship, you can reach out to people within the network and speak with them. It's kind of like being in Johns Hopkins or being able to reach anyone on LinkedIn from John Hopkins, except it's a cohort of people who have agreed to help each other. This is especially true for the mentors. You wouldn't sign up to be a mentor on Edith if you didn't want to help out, which is as a student is a very valuable thing.

Hear from other fellows and mentors


Thomas Englis

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"Venture capital is a very opaque field – there aren’t many resources which describe how one can break into it, how to prepare for an interview, or what VC’s are looking for in a hire. As someone who was able to successfully navigate that process, I think it's important that I share what I’ve learned and make it more accessible for people to really break into the industry."



Luke Bender

Computer Science, Philosophy @Duke

"A lot of mentors I've had ended after only a few surface-level calls. With Edith, I now have a group of people invested in my long-term success."