Mentor Program: 2019 Spring Session Kick-off

Calling all makers, creators, thinkers, writers, designers, leaders: join us. Learn new skills while teaching old ones. Connect with like-minded professionals—and help connect like-minded  professionals. Reach your true potential by helping others reach theirs.

What it is
The AIGA Chicago Mentorship Program gives creatives from across disciplines a place to gather and share insights, experiences and resources. With programming that supports any level of experience, we have collaborative mentor groups that develop a curriculum based on the community needs.

How it works
Sessions of the mentor program are held over the course of 11 weeks on Tuesday evenings at various locations throughout Chicago. The program meets each week, alternating between your individual mentor groups (3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/30, 5/14), and our all-group events open to all Spring 2019 participants (3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7, 5/21). Bookended by our kickoff event and wrap-up party, we may have studio tours, designer talks, workshops, and portfolio reviews. Check out #AIGAChiMentor to get a snapshot of the program on Instagram.

Participants work in a group of 5-8 mentees, comprising a spectrum of creative fields organized by shared interest and career level. At our kickoff session, you will have the opportunity to meet the mentors and choose your top three group choices. We then form groups by order of registration for the event until each group hits capacity. Learn more about our mentors and topic on our website. Here is a snapshot of the topics.

+ Portfolio Improvement

+ CMY-Kickstart Your Career

+ Design Confidence

+ Be a Better Freelancer

+ Getting Inspired in a New Place

+ Learning Leadership Skills

+ Level Up Micro-Workshops

+ Craft and Handmade Techniques for New Design Thinking

+ Building Empathetic Design Teams

+ Design System Thinking

+ UX Design Research

+ Product Design

+ Embracing the Open-ended Design Process

How to join
Interested in joining us as a mentee? AIGA Chicago’s Mentor Program is open to AIGA members and non-members.

Interested in being a mentor? Contact us for more details to participate in the fall, as all of our mentor spots have been filled.


6:00 to 8:00 PM – Mentor Program Kick-off

Mentor Program Pricing

Student members $15
Members $30
Nonmembers $55

Code of Conduct
By registering to attend this event, you agree to abide by AIGA Chicago Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct may be found here.

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Thank you to to Seismic for hosting us, to Glantz Design for the graphic, and to Mess Studio for the mentor videos on our website.

When & Where
Tue, Mar 12, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT
222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, #Suite 1710
Chicago, IL 60654