AIGA Mentor Program Fall 2021

The Mentor Program

The AIGA Chicago Mentor Program is a celebrated gathering of creative individuals across disciplines and industries. It offers the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals on a path towards guided growth through mentorship. We’ve selected a group of mentors to share their passion and expertise within a particular area of focus.

We invite you to come, connect and collaborate in this 6-week Mentor Program to gain greater access to a wealth of continued education and design guidance. 

Fall 2021 ─ Program Details

6-Week Mentor Program
Our Fall 2021 Mentor Program will run for 6-weeks where participants will have access to their choice of Mentor along with (6) Mentor Sessions and private program-wide events.

Mentor Sessions
Mentor Sessions will meet every week over the course of 6-weeks between individual mentor groups. Based on your Mentor’s meeting preference, you will either meet remotely, in-person, or a hybrid of both (remote and in-person). *Please see each mentor’s session location preference before deciding on your top 5 mentor groups. All groups are focused on a topic of expertise and passion and throughout the weeks, you’ll work as a group to grow in that topic of interest together.

Program-Wide Private Group Events
Our Group Events are private events that were curated for the Mentor Program specifically. These events can range from studio tours, workshops, mixers, panels, and interactive events. Both Mentors and Mentees have access to these events.

Registration opens Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 10am CST
Registration closes Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 11pm CST

How The Program Works

For more detailed information on how the program works, please visit:

Program Schedule

Dates: October 6, 2021 – November 10, 2021
Day & Time: Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm CST

Week 1

Kick-Off Event (Remote)

October 6, 2021

Mentor Session #1

October 6, 2021

Group Event: TBA (Remote)

October 7, 2021

Week 2

Mentor Session #2

October 13, 2021

Week 3

Mentor Session #3

October 20, 2021

Group Event: TBA (Remote)

October 21, 2021

Week 4

Mentor Session #4

October 27, 2021

Week 5

Mentor Session #5

November 3, 2021

Group Event: Cultivating Community Through Social Architecture w/ Simone Yael (Remote)

November 4, 2021

Week 6

Wrap-Up Event (Remote)

November 10, 2021

Mentor Session #6

November 10, 2021


  • Participants will be placed in a Mentor Group of their choice after the completion of their registration
  • Groups will have between 10-12 participants within each Mentor Group
  • Please note: This is not a 1 on 1 mentor program


There’s also a hidden cost; your time! We ask that you commit your time to the full 6-weeks to get the best return.

Special Thanks to:

All of our Fall 2021 Mentors for dedicating their time. To our AIGA Mentor Committee: Megan (Jax) Jackson, Phil Brown, Ray Lasky, Eric Irving, Nicholas Phillips, and Leslie Presto for creating and producing the overall vision and experience of this program.


If you have questions, please email VPs of Mentorship, Leslie Presto at and Nicholas Phillips at