Mentor Matchmaking #7

School prepares you to make create great things, but who prepares you to have a great career? How do you achieve mastery if you practice alone? Do you understand your options and how to leverage them?

You need a mentor.

A mentor is one of the most valuable professional relationships you can cultivate. And let’s be honest, just because someone is your creative director, doesn’t mean they should be your mentor.

Mentor Matchmaking is designed to help you meet the mentor of your dreams. You’ll select multiple mentors based on their experience profiles, and then be scheduled for a one-on-one conversation with each of them over the course of the evening. Your potential mentors will chat for 15 minutes about issues that plague your creative career, and ideas for enhancing it. If both you and a potential mentor agree that the conversation went well, AIGA DFW will facilitate trading direct contact information for the future.

To join this 7th edition of our popular Mentor Matchmaking event, please purchase your ticket today, as this event always sells out. Come with your most pressing problems and quandaries but leave the portfolio at home. Our mentors would love to discuss your hopes and fears, but they won’t be looking at your book. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

Your 2019 Mentors
Adam Polansky
Experience: Lead XD Strategist @ Bottle Rocket / Co-founder @ Big Design Conference / Award Winning Websites & Apps for TI, Marriott & Travelocity / Author / Speaker / Educator

Casey McGarr
Experience: Owner @ “Inky Lips Press” / Associate Professor @ Texas A&M University-Commerce / Past President @ DSVC / Typography / Letterpress / Workshops / Pedagogy / Poster

Candace Azevedo
Experience: Creative Director @ Dodd Creative Group / Sr. Art Director @ Multiview / Copywriting / Print Design / Project Management / Environmental Graphics

Dawn Mann
Experience: VP of Advertising @ Alpha Business Images / Principal + CCO @ Break of Day Design / Traditional + Digital Design / Strategist / Speaker / Advocate

Dick Patrick
Experience: Advertising Photographer for World Famous Brands / Owner @ Dick Patrick Studios / Master of Self Promotion & Setting Yourself Apart from the Crowd

Galen Greenwood
Experience: Senior Creative Director @ FreemanXP / Writer and Creative Director Ogilvy & Mather / Writer @ The Richards Group / Infamous work for Home Depot, Taco Bell, Apple, and BMW

Gus Granger
Experience: Cheif Creative Officer @ Cyxtera / Past President @ AIGA DFW / AIGA National D&I Task Force / Founder @70kft / Brand Strategy / Marketing

Jaya Rapp
Experience: Senior Strategist @ Commerce House / Senior Market Reseach Analyst @ AmWay / Building Brands / Design Thinking

Jeff Corkran
Experience: Founder @ Takka Collective / VP of Experience Strategy @ Eecosphere / Instigator @ Disrupt Design | The Unschool / Executive Producer @ Expose UX / Sustainability / Inclusive Design

Jeremy Johnson
Experience: VP of Customer Experience @ Projekt202 / Director of UX @ Travelocity / Director of UX @ Gamestop / UX Manager @ Sabre / Design Research / UX & CX

Jim Olvera
Experience: Photography of People, Places & products for Advertising & Corporate Clients / Owner @ Jim Olvera / Visual Story Teller

Jimmy Ball
Experience: UX Manager @ 7-Eleven developing 7NOW App / UX Manager @ PwC / UX & Design Director @ SiriusXM / Lead Design Teams @ American Airlines & Neiman Marcus / Past-President of AIGA DFW

Jon Sandruck
Experience: Design Director @ USAA / Principal UX Designer @ Saber / Past President of AIGA DFW / Senior Interaction Designer @ [x]Cube Labs / Founder @ OhTwentyOne

Maria Ortiz-Metzger
Experience: Senior Art Director @ JCPenney / Senior Art Director @ Six Foot / Art Director @ Academy Sports + Outdoors / In-House Design / Social Media Content

Mark Platt
Experience: Founder @ Kendall Creative / Brand Shepherd @ The Loomis Agency / Entrepreneur / Strategist / Tinkerer

Nicolle Wilson
Experience: Creative Director @ Gamestop / International Creative Manager @ Neiman Marcus / International Creative Manager @ Land's End / Luxury Brands Creative Director @ Fossil

Ramsey Ruelas
Experience: Motion Graphic Designer @ RBMM / Independent Motion Designer / Vice President @ DSVC / UI Designer @ [x]Cube Labs / Senior Motion Graphic Designer @ Janimation / Host @ Rough Talks / Animation

Tad Dobbs
Experience: Creative Director @ HCK2 Partners / Senior Art Director @ HMS / Principal @ Creative Squall / Senior Designer @ Texas Instruments / Brand Development & Strategy

Willie Baronet
Experience: Stan Richards Professor in Creative Advertising @ SMU / Creator @ WE ARE ALL HOMELESS “Signs of Humanity” / Owner & Executive Creative Director @ GroupBaronet / AIGA Fellow Award

Whitney Holden
Experience: Design Studio Supervisor @ Mary Kay / Past Director of Membership @ AIGA DFW / Adjunct Professor @ UTA / Publication Design

Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio and video recording taken of you at the event for promotional and educational purposes in connection with AIGA, corresponding publications, archives, and online. Ticket rates are based on AIGA membership status at the time of registration. AIGA Memberships are non-transferable.

When & Where
Thu, Mar 28, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT
The Brand Hatchery
1201 North Riverfront Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75207