Supporting the new generation of leaders within our industry. 

The next session will launch on July 10.

Deadline for Mentors to register is June 2; Mentee sign-up is active June 5-30.

Guides for Mentors Guides for Mentees

 


Call for Mentors: May 1 - June 2 
Call for Mentees: June 5 - 30
Matches Announced: July 10 
Fall Program Live: July 10 - Nov. 30

 

"My mentor is the greatest gift that ThinkLA has given me. In the few meetings we have had, he has inspired me and helped me in so many ways." - Employee, Canvas WW

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About Mentoring

ThinkLA's diversity-driven mentorship program supports the new generation of leaders within our industry. We connect emerging, diverse talent with seasoned professionals that are passionate about giving back. Mentees are given the opportunity to be matched with a wide-array of Mentors across different talents, races, genders, career paths, and more, to gain a deeper understanding of the ad industry’s business practices and culture, gain expertise, build a professional network, and 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.

Mentor Mentee
 
 

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

Brian Alexander

Sales Director
Conversant  
"I am passionate about evolving the digital landscape and solving the challenges that are constantly emerging"
Mentor

Astghik Angaladian

Management Supervisor
Campbell Ewald  
"Professionally I'm passionate about data, technology and innovation. Personally I'm passionate about sustainability, art and love any active sports."
Mentor

Jonathan Basiri

Director, Brand Partnerships
UPROXX 
"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

Jim Baudino


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

Ben Benya

Benya Consulting
"I'm passionate about learning."
Mentor

Leisha Bereson

Director, Platforms & Technology
Canvas   
"Honest communication and working hard - pushing myself to create shared understanding in the workplace. Being true to what you stand for, and conveying that - whether work or play."
Mentor

Luis Camano

Executive Creative Director
Group Gallegos
"I'm passionate about Espresso, Fútbol and Street Art. I didn’t include Advertising on this list because it’s obvious. You have to love it to work in this profession. Otherwise find something else to do."
Mentor

Jessica Chow

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

Theresa Collins

EVP, Director of Communications
Deutsch
"I'm passionate about music, family, PR, agency culture, and women in business."

Mentor

Oscar Contreras

Account Executive
Vevo
"I'm most passionate about music and technology which is why I absolutely love what I do for work. I also love sports, news, movies, cars, and restaurants with great ambiance."

Kelly Davies

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

Adam Gausepohl

CEO
Popshorts, Inc.
"I'm passionate about creating quality content."

Mentor

Steve Gibson

 VP Group Director of Search
Canvas Worldwide
"I am professionally passionate about search marketing, analytics, pattern recognition, group and social movement. Personally – Creating a positive impact where and when I can. Paying forward."
Mentor

James Green

Chief Marketing Officer 
PuppySpot.com 
"I am passionate about building brands through the power of direct-response marketing. I am also passionate about helping build the next generation of multi-channel marketers."
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

Justin Henry

Director
Verve
"I am passionate about discovering new and different ways to do things, that help to create better solutions for all involved. This is how progress is made."

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

Tiffany Jackson

Director, Strategic Planning
Mindshare 
"I love working with clients to create compelling and creative campaigns. Much of my career has focused on entertainment which is dynamic and...entertaining!"
Mentor

Karen Kohn

Director of Project Management/Creative Services
Walton Isaacson
"I am passionate about great creative ideas, passionate about creating processes that enhance peoples worklife."

Mentor

Anna Kondrashova

Associate Director, Digital Investment
Canvas Worldwide
"Advertising in general and media specifically. I am fascinated with the digital world we live in and the impact media and technology have on all the aspects of our lives. I am very passionate about individual growth, entrepreneurship, leadership and making a positive impact on the world around us."
Mentor

Julian Lile

Director of Sponsorships
LA Auto Show
"Music, technology, being active, personal finance."

Don Lupo

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

Joao Machado

Director of Mobile, NA
OMD
"I'm passionate good advertising. the stories told by brands. dislike the emphasis on data, data, data every second of the day. love the creative energy in people and the brave souls who share that with the world."
Mentor

Tito Melega

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

Renee Miller

President/Creative Director
The Miller Group
"Writing, cooking, yoga and helping young people reach their potential."

Daniel Mizraki

Senior Director, Client Development
RED Interactive Agency
"I'm passionate about the intersection of entertainment and technology. How we use technology to create better entertainment experiences and how brands play a role in this innovation."
Mentor

Dayna Moon

Head of Partnerships - West
Pinsight Media by Sprint
"I'm passionate aboout DIGITAL MEDIA! ……. Travel (two continents to go), learning new things and keeping my Golden Retriever happy!"
Mentor

Sara Morton

Independent Marketing Consultant
"I'm passionate aboout coffee, running, and mid-century modern furniture."

Paulo Munoz Carvajal

Group Planning Director
Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles
"Passions are Film. Art. Comics. Counter Culture. Punk. Occupy. Europe. Social justice."

Nicholas Pavach

Vice President of Sales
VidMob
"New Media, Innovation & Golf. More specifically Mobile/Social Video."
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

Lisa Radist

Director of Strategic Partnerships
theAudience
"I''m passionate about family, baking, entertaining, movies, & travel."

Chris Rogers

Sr. Account Exectutive
Phunware
"Storytelling, building relationships and entertainment."

Zach Rosenberg

President
MBMG
"I'm passionate about Media creativity."
Mentor

Ben Sarmiento

VP of Sales
Eyeview
"I''m passionate about family, baking, entertaining, movies, & travel."

Matt Sexton

Sr. Sales Director
Flashtalking
"Storytelling, building relationships and entertainment."
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

Owen Sidd

Head of Brand Partnerships
Captiv8, Inc.
"I'm very passionate about social media & influencer marketing and related data and analytics. Also startups and early growth companies within the digital/social space."
Mentor

Diana Sithiyopasakul

HR Manager
Media Arts Lab \ For Good
"I'm passionate about Connecting inspiring and creative folks to roles that are fulfilling to them."
Mentor

Lisa Solomon

VP Brand and Media Partnerships
Omaze
"I am passionate about collaboration, creative thinking and working on projects that are first to market. I love brand advertising and marketing. When not working I love to spend time with my friends and family."
Mentor

Jenn Tang

Senior Director of Sales
Yieldmo
"I'm passionate about Street art, cooking something delicious and then eating it, standing up for yourself and what's right, doing great work that makes you happy and proud of yourself!"
Mentor

Omar Vargas

Brand Supervisor
R&R Partners
"Aside from marketing and what triggers us consumers to purchase or follow a certain brand, I love anything outdoors, working out, food, music, sports and fitness. Anything that involves personal and mental growth. I feel in today's world that we need to connect more than ever."
Mentor

Jana Wentz

Account Director
RPA
"I am passionate about collaboration, creative thinking and working on projects that are first to market. I love brand advertising and marketing. When not working I love to spend time with my friends and family."
Mentor

Yvonne Williams

VP, Digital
Palisades Media Group
"I am passionate about mentoring and teaching our young agency talent about the media industry, how to foster client relationships along with building process that sets our employees up for success and the ability to make work enjoyable."
Mentor

Nevelle Wright

Sr. Sales Manager
Shazam
"I'm passionate about Media innovation & building creative solutions for brands."
Mentor

John Yi

Associate Director of Strategy
Milner Butcher Media Group
"I'm passionate about technology, sports, and efficiencies."
Mentor

Jason Philip Yoong

Business Development
Amazon
*Jason is only available for video chat or phone calls
"Business, advertising, tennis, chess, game of thrones, podcasts, street art."

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:

  • 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
Mentor Mentee
 

Resources:

Guides for Mentors
Guides for Mentees

Contact

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