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Mentor Matchmaking

Thu, Feb 2, 2017 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Texas A&M University-Commerce
1910 Pacific Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201

School might have prepared you to make great stuff, but how are you supposed to learn to have a great career? How do you achieve mastery if you practice alone? Where do you turn for advice if you’re the only designer you work with?

You need a mentor

Even if you work in a big agency, surrounded by creatives of all shapes and sizes, a mentor is one of the most valuable professional relationships you can cultivate. And, just because someone is your creative director, doesn’t mean they should be your mentor.

Mentor Matchmaking is a speed-dating style event, designed to help you meet the mentor of your dreams. Potential mentors and proteges meet for 15 minutes to talk about the issues that plague a career in design. If both the mentor and protege agree that the conversation went well, AIGA DFW facilitates trading contact information.

Come with your most pressing problems, quandaries, and quagmires; but leave the portfolio at home. Our mentors are happy to discuss your hopes and fears, but they won’t be looking at your book.

This year's mentors

  • Adam Polanski - UX Strategist at Bottle Rocket
  • Alan Lidji - Creative Director, Lidji Design Office
  • Alexander Flores - Creative Director at TracyLocke
  • Candy Bernhardt - Head of UX and Design at Capital One Auto Finance
  • Casey McGarr - Owner of Inky Lips Press, Associate Professor at TAMUC Dallas
  • Doug May - Branding Consultant at May & Co.
  • Galen Greenwood - Senior Creative Director at Freeman
  • Greg Lakloufi - Creative Director at Atelier
  • Holly Aguilar - Senior Art Director at Balcom Agency
  • James Helms - Director of Experience Design at Intuit
  • Jason Franzen - Founder of Streamline Certified
  • Jason Osburn - Founder of Design Unto Others
  • Jeff Corkran - Independent Experience Strategist & Designer
  • Jeremy Johnson - Vice President of Customer Experience at projekt202
  • Jim Olvera - Owner of Jim Olvera, Photographer
  • Jimmy Ball - Director of UX & Design at SiriusXM Connected Vehicle Services
  • Keisha Whaley - Founder of Brass Tacks Collective
  • Ky Lewis - Art Director at The Infinite Agency
  • Ramsey Ruelas - Independent Motion Graphic Designer, VP of DSVC
  • Ronnie Johnson - Design Lead at Black Pixel
  • Sarah Reid - UX & Design Research Lead at Dialexa
  • Steve Holland - Director of UX at Elevate Credit
  • Sung Kim - Founder of Gesture, Inc.
  • Sylvia Erives - Designer at Caliber Creative
  • Tad Dobbs - Creative Director at HCK2 Partners
  • Willie Baronet - Artist, Designer, Filmmaker, and Professor at SMU