October 22, 2013
On September 26, a group of accomplished studio and in-house designers, educators, and design firm principals shared their knowledge in free-flowing conversations with students, emerging designers, designers between jobs, and those working independently. What can 25 mentors and 35 mentees accomplish in a “60-Minute Mentor” Luncheon? Plenty, according to participants we heard from following the event.
One mentee wrote: “Thank you so much for encouraging me to go to the mentor luncheon. Events like that are exactly why I want to be a part of AIGA. It was great talking to Derek from Sussner, and Stefan from Kick. It’s sometimes difficult at events…to try to break into a group, whereas here everyone at the table was ready to talk to each other. I would say it was a success and hope that AIGA continues to do mentoring events like that in the future.”
A mentor shared, “Participating in the Mentor Luncheon made me appreciate even more what a collegial and ‘can do’ design community we have in Minnesota. I am so proud to be a part of it.”
And a guest observer from the MCAD Alumni Mentorship Committee commented, “Great event! The format worked quite well at our table. The three mentors created a combined roundtable after some initial one-on-one with the assigned mentees.”
Stay tuned for future installments of this highly informative networking event in 2014.
Photos by Lisa Romanowski