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.

MENTORS

If you're an industry leader with a desire to make an invaluable contribution to the personal and professional development of a young professional, we encourage you to apply.

We're looking for seasoned professionals who:

  • Have at least five years of professional experience
  • Are willing to be available for their mentee throughout the 5-month period
  • Are current members of thinkLA

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:

  • Are currently employed within the media, marketing and; advertising industry
  • Are willing to initiate and maintain regular contact with their mentor
  • Are serious about their personal and professional development
  • Are current members of thinkLA

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

Jim Baudino

MERRY JANE MEDIA 
VP of Marketing & Business Development
"Family, travel, challenges, new experiences."
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 ."

Don Lupo

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

Nick Leal

Director, Sales
Hulu
"My family, teaching, food, art, technology"
Mentor

Ben Sarmiento

Executive Director, Sales-Auto
Eyeview
"Great food & wine."
Mentor

Lisa Solomon

Head of Digital Entertainment Sales, West Coast
NBCUniversal
"Family, Friends, Boating, Fishing, Travel, Adventures and having fun in both life and work! And of course passionate about advertising and digital technology."
Mentor

Lisa Tanner

VP, Account Director 
RPA
"Being a better person than I was yesterday - both personally and professionally. Realizing how your personal life affects your work life and vice versa. Having a career, not a job. Making something out of what seems like nothing. Arts. culture, music. "
Mentor

Frank Scherma

President/Executive Producer 
Radical Media
"Storytelling in every medium."
Mentor

Zachary Rosenberg

President
Milner Butcher Media Group
"Golf and media."
Mentor

Karen Hunt

President, West Coast Region
UM
"Teaching, learning, my family, my team at UM and feeling good each day."

Get Started

  • Applications Open: 6/15/16
  • Application Deadline: 7/1/16
  • Program Dates: 8/1 - 12/31

Resources:

Guides for Mentors
Guides for Mentees

Contact

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