thinkLA'S
Mentor Program


Providing a platform for mutual education within the Los Angeles advertising industry between a mentor and mentee.

About Mentoring

ThinkLA's Mentor Program helps media, marketing and advertising professionals in Southern California meet to share knowledge and ideas. The goal of this five-month program is to aid less-experienced professionals; to help them gain expertise and build a professional network. The role of the Mentor in this program is to assist in career planning, give feedback on performance, help build self-esteem, create and facilitate networks, and help the young professional design realistic goals.

Learn More

Mentors and mentees are encouraged to meet informally and at ThinkLA events at least six times over the course of the program. After completing a brief questionnaire, matches will be made by the Mentorship Committee based on both parties' experience, career goals, and geographic meeting preference.

At the completion of the five-month program, the mentee and mentor will complete an evaluation on the program and have the opportunity to be matched again.

 
 

Our Mentors

Mentees will have the opportunity to choose the top three mentors they'd like to be matched with, although the final matching will be completed by the Mentor Committee.

 
Mentor

Jonathan Basiri

Director, Brand Partnerships
Woven Digital 
"I'm an LA native passionate about my city and LA sports teams, my dog , my girlfriend, and concerts. I also participate in CrossFit workouts about 4-5 times a week."
Mentor

Jessica Chow

Client Partner
Facebook   
"I'm passionate about Eating, Traveling, Living Green, Salsa Dancing, Shoes"

Kelly Davies

Demand Executive
Factual
"I'm passionate about People!"
Mentor

Tim Hand

VP Sales 
Kelley Blue Book 
"I strive to empower our team to become leaders themselves...help pass along what i've learned myself ."
Mentor

Chris Inners

West Coast Social Director
OMD
"Work is going to be work so I like to find ways you can be the most productive while having fun and enjoying what you're doing. Also country music."
Mentor

Pete Imwalle

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
RPA
"Golf, bourbon, family, reading, UCLA, LA Kings, SF Giants and Niners. Advertising, of course."
Mentor

Eric Johnson

President
Ignited
"Advertising, Marketing, Travel, Golf, Skiing"
Mentor

Devran Kovacoglu

Founder
Command Cupid, LLC
"I'm passionate about Email marketing and online digital marketing"

Don Lupo

SVP, Director of Digital Production
Dailey
"Helping people, photography, technology."
Mentor

Jessie Mamey

VP, Product Solutions and Client Strategy
Revana Digital
"I'm passionate about Digital Marketing --- * Direct Response * Performance Focus * Data Driven Optimization * Paid Search, Display, Acquisition Email, Social"
Mentor

Tito Melega

Executive Creative Director
Fabrica
"I'm passionate about Film, Storydoing, Team Building, mentoring and inspiring."
Mentor

Brian Pearlman

Senior Account Executive
Snap Inc.
"I'm passionate about Technology, Advertising, Sports & Outdoors"
Mentor

Monique Pintarelli

VP 
Viant
"I am passionate about living a full life! I believe in working hard and finding time for the things that matter to you most. I am the mother of 2 boys, which keep me busy outside of the office. I am also passionate about mentorship and helping women in the industry."
Mentor

Adrienne Pabst

SVP, Connections (Sales)
iHeart Media
"Besides yoga, spinning and my husband/kids - I am passionate about keeping and growing women in the work force, specifically in advertising and media."
Mentor

Daniela Radan-Lazic

Brand Partner, Enterprise
TubeMogul, Inc.
"I'm passionate about family, baking, entertaining, movies, & travel."
Mentor

Lisa Raddist

Performance Marketing Coordinator
DQ&A Media Group
"I''m passionate about family, baking, entertaining, movies, & travel."
Mentor

Marc Sampogna

Managing Director
Canopy
"I'm really passionate about personal health and well-being so love to exercise, run, and box. I also danced growing up and continue to do so. Outside of that, I love pop-culture, music, and fashion. When I'm not working my 9-5 I am focused on developing new ideas for supporting the growing homeless youth population in LA and around the world."
Mentor

Tim Shu

Performance Marketing Coordinator
DQ&A Media Group
"I''m passionate about Digital marketing, Direct response marketing, Startup,s Data Analytics, and Web Development."
Mentor

Diana Sithiyopasakul

Talent Director
Eclipse
"I'm passionate about Connecting inspiring and creative folks to roles that are fulfilling to them."
Mentor

Sherrie Weitzman

Account Director
3DEXCITE
"Automotive marketing. Totally love the industry from a strategic marketing sense vs.'car geek'."
Mentor

Patrick Young

Account Director
Saatchi & Saatchi LA
"I''m passionate my family and the Lakers."
 

MENTEES

As a mentee, you'll learn from your mentor's personal and professional experience, knowledge and skills. The one-on-one mentor relationship allows for individual attention to your career aspirations, professional development and networking needs.

We're looking for young professionals who:

 

 
 
 

Get Started

 
 
  • Call for mentors: Oct. 13 - Nov. 11
  • Call for mentees: Nov. 14 - Dec. 9
  • Matches announced: Dec. 15
  • Spring program live: Jan. 3, 2017 - May 31, 2017
 

Resources:

Guides for Mentors
Guides for Mentees

Contact

3535 Hayden Avenue
Suite 300
Culver City, CA 90232
310.876.0650
info@thinkLA.org