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 throughout Chicago. The program meets each week, alternating between your individual mentor groups. 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.

Fall 2019 Mentor Program

Here are the amazing mentors and their topics for the Fall 2019 AIGA Chicago Mentor Program! We are excited to kick this season off in mid September 2019. Each session will be on a Wednesday night this season. Sign up will be going live in early September. We are buttoning up some final details so there will be more detailed info on each topic as well as a video so you can get a better idea of who the mentors are and what they’re all about!If you have any questions or would like to receive a notification email a few days before we open up mentee registration please feel free to contact Eric Irving at

Navigating a Creative Career in Corporate America
Lauren Versino

Women In Design
Hannah Rebernick

Collaborate on a Group Digital Project
Tom Belmonte

Laura Nesbitt

Jeff Stanley

Design Tool-belt
Angelina Gilliana & Blanca Cortes

Diversity in Design
Elle Abarca & Daniel Escamilla

Creative Entrepreneurship & the Art of the Side Hustle
Max Billings

Design Systems
Jaime Hsu

Prototyping with
Max Young

Design Confidence
Payal Gandhi

I Can’t Believe They Fell For That! Imposter Syndrome, Design, and the Lies We Tell Ourselves
Sonya Soroko

How to get involved

Our Fall 2019 Mentor Program will be open to mentees for registration in September. If you’d like to get involved as a mentor or mentee, let us know! We’ll add your name to the notification list for the next round. You can always keep up with the program via Facebook and Instagram (that’s where we’ll announce the next kick-off date).

Get in touch

Have questions? Hit up our Mentorship Chair, Eric Irving, at


Thank you to the full committee for making all of this happen: Jen Lemerand, Eric Irving. Leslie Presto, Megan Jackson, M’Elena Walker, Adrian Aguilar, Hayley Gallat, Melody Pohla, Sammy Hernandez and Yash Rastogi.