Ben Dickey

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Oklahoma Mentor Day


Ben Dickey (center), a volunteer for Spears School of Business Mentoring Program at Oklahoma State University, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence President Craig Story (right) and foundation trustee and mentoring advocate Molly Boren during Oklahoma Mentor Day. Joining in the presentation is Mentor Day keynote speaker and author Alton Carter, a Stillwater youth minister (left), and mentee Linyi Tang, an OSU business student. Oklahoma Mentor Day, sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative, honors outstanding Oklahoma youth mentors and promotes the value of mentoring. (Photo by Travis Caperton)

Ben Dickey

Spears School of Business Program, Oklahoma State University

Ben Dickey, a client results executive at Cerner Corporation in Oklahoma City, was selected as the outstanding mentor for the Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business Mentoring Program.

Ben has been volunteering with the mentor program since 2015. His current protégé (the program’s term for mentee) is Linyi Tang, a graduate student in the Spears School of Business.

“Ben is committed to providing guidance to Spears School students and helping them transition from student to career,” said External Relations Officer Brandy Polo. “He is committed to the time required to be a successful mentor including coming to Stillwater each semester for the mentor program reception and meeting with his mentee biweekly.”

Linyi describes Ben as “responsible”, “well-organized/prepared”, “helpful” and “respectful”.  She also added that Ben “made communication smooth and effective through his respectfulness and professionalism” and that he “never missed a single scheduled call since the beginning of the program.”

Ben has mentored two other OSU students since he began participating in the mentoring program. With each student he mentors, he helps them establish goals, research opportunities in their field of study and helps them become more confident in their decisions.

“I really enjoyed and gained a lot from the mentoring program provided by the OSU Spears School of Business,” Linyi added. “This wouldn’t be as successful without the time and effort from both the program organizer and an outstanding mentor.”