Mentor List

Jean Edelhertz

Edelhertz, Jean

Job Title: Former SVP for Strategic Initiatives
Company: Quest Software (Retired)
Industry: Technology, Social Enterprise
Mentor Since: Fall 2021
Will Mentor: Graduate Students

Job Description

Recent Executive Experience: As SVP for Strategic Initiatives with Quest Software, I oversaw a portfolio of transformation initiatives including merger and acquisition integration, restructuring, and new security programs. I also provided executive sponsorship for a Global Renewals team that drove the company's global recurring revenue stream. Current community engagement: - Business Mentor, US SBA/SCORE: I advise a portfolio of 15 entrepreneurs in all aspects of the business lifecycle. - Board Officer, Elizabeth Gregory Home (Day Center and Transitional Housing for women experiencing homelessness). I chair the Fund Development Committee. - Partner, Act of Giving Foundation (Philanthropy): I oversee the foundation’s grant selection process.

Company Description

Quest is a global enterprise software company that helps organizations secure their IT environments, protect data, and manage platform migrations and cloud deployments.

Employment History

See my LinkedIn profile My professional experience has spanned finance, customer-facing sales functions, operations, merger / acquisition execution, systems transformations, and diverse strategic initiatives. I've managed global teams and held senior leadership roles in technology firms and nonprofit social enterprises.


BA, International Relations, Pomona College MBA, Haas School of Business University of California Berkeley Graduate of Program in International Management, HEC Paris

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

We start by understanding your goals -- what you want to learn and the skills you want to develop. We'll use your goals and interests to build an agenda of supporting activities for the year.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

Meet monthly (60-90 min) on Seattle U campus or a nearby coffee shop. Meet virtually when advised per public health guidance. I work with students on a mutually agreeable time to meet. That's often 4-5:30pm or mornings before work and classes.

Additional Information

My approach is to be a resource and thought partner, helping you gain knowledge, skills, and perspective that will serve you throughout your professional career and community leadership. Mentoring works best when you openly share what you want to achieve, give advance thought to our monthly topics, and engage actively in our sessions together.