Creative Mentorship Program
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"Mentoring has allowed me to give back to the community, and it continues to teach me as well." - Don Lupo, Director of Content and Marketing
Call for Mentors | Now through June 15
Call for Mentees EXTENDED | June 18 - Aug. 3
Matches Announced | Aug. 3 - Aug. 10
Spring Program Live | Aug. 10 - Nov. 30
|Creatives are a different breed, especially in the advertising world. That’s a very good thing, and ThinkLA wants to support and celebrate that unique difference with a dedicated track in our mentorship program.
If you’re a creative professional in our community, let yourself shine.
For aspiring creatives who are pursuing a career in advertising, the ThinkLA Mentorship Program is the opportunity to talk with leading creative professionals in Los Angeles who can help guide, answer questions, and support their dreams and goals.
ThinkLA's diversity-driven mentorship program supports the new generation of leaders within our industry. We connect emerging, diverse talent with seasoned professionals who are passionate about giving back.
Mentees are given the opportunity to be matched with a wide-array of Mentors across different skill sets and backgrounds to gain a deeper understanding of the ad industry and build a professional network..
After completing a brief questionnaire, matches will be made by the Mentorship Committee based on both parties' experience, career goals, and geographic meeting preference. Mentors and Mentees are encouraged to meet informally and at ThinkLA events at least six times over the course of the program.
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.
|Mentees will have the opportunity to choose a mentor with qualities that best fit their needs from different creative departments, gender, and more. 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.
Creative Mentees are:
- Current members of ThinkLA
- Junior- to mid-level creative professionals, currently employed in a creative department within the media, marketing, and advertising industry
- Have a current book of work or portfolio;
- Willing to initiate and maintain regular contact with their mentor (this is the responsibility of mentees, not mentors)
- Serious about their personal and professional development.
Our Creative 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.
Our Creative 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.
Jared Blitz | Creative Director | Advantage | LinkedIn
Jessica Burgo | VP, Branded Content | Defy Media | LinkedIn
Luis Camano | Chief Creative | Key Activation | LinkedIn
Bernice Chao | Associate Creative Director | David & Goliath | LinkedIn
William Deutsch | Copywriter | RPA
Clarissa Garrett | SR. Art Producer | RPA | LinkedIn
Sara Hope Smith | SR. Creative | ThinkLA and Hope Creative | LinkedIn
Ryan Lehr | SVP Creative Director | Deutsch | LinkedIn
Renee Miller | President/ Creative Director | The Miller Group | LinkedIn
Jason Sperling | Sr. VP Chief, Creative Development | RPA | LinkedIn
Robyn Stern | Associate Creative Director | Saatchi & Saatchi LA | LinkedIn
Craig Werwa | VP, Creative & Strategy, Social | Ayzenberg | LinkedIn
Marc Wesson | Executive Creative Director | Dailey | LinkedIn
Amy Wong | Art Director | RPA | LinkedIn
Mark Yeung | Owner | Fashion Greek USC | LinkedIn