Five Questions With...
Mentor Teresa Mogensen, Eng '89, Grad '03

Teresa MogensenFive Questions With... highlights mentors and mentees in the Marquette University Alumni Association Mentor Pilot Program. This month features Teresa Mogensen, Eng '89, Grad '03,
who is mentoring McKenna Redmond, Eng '17.

1. If you had/have a mentor, what’s one piece of advice that sticks with you every day?
Assume positive intent.

2. What qualities do you look for and appreciate in the people you work with or hire?
Strong initiative, engaging communication style, collaborative approach, strong ethics.

3. Two things you think a Marquette student should do before they graduate.
Get co-op or intern experience and be part of some extracurricular group that you really enjoy – I was in the MU Band.

4. What was your first job following graduation and what did it teach you?
Electrical engineer 2 at Wisconsin Electric Power Company in Milwaukee. I was able to start at level 2 instead of 1 because of my Marquette engineering co-op program experience at the company. I learned about the diversity of career directions I could pursue with an engineering degree.

5. How do you manage work/life balance?
Be disciplined with time management, so I can make time for what counts. The balance routinely shifts from day to day, but I am seeking to achieve overall balance on a broader time scale.

Teresa Mogensen is vice president, transmission at Xcel Energy in Minneapolis.

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