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 2019 ─ Program Details

11-Week Mentor Program
Our Fall 2019 Mentor Program will run for 11-weeks where participants will have access to their choice of Mentor along with (5) Mentor Sessions and private program-wide events. Check out #AIGAChiMentor to get a snapshot of the program on Instagram.

Mentor Sessions
Mentor Sessions will meet every week over the course of 11-weeks between individual mentor groups. Based on your Mentor’s meeting preference, you meet at various locations in the Chicago area. 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. The program meets each week, alternating between your individual mentor groups and our all-group events open to all Fall 2019 participants.

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
Registration opens Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 10am CST

How The Program Works

For more detailed information on how the program works, please visit: https://chicago.aiga.org/mentorship/how-the-program-works/

Program Schedule


Dates: September 11, 2019 – November 20, 2019
Day & Time: Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm CST

Week 1

Kick-Off Event

September 11, 2019

Week 2

Mentor Session #1

September 18, 2019

Week 3

Group Event

September 25, 2019

Week 4

Mentor Session #2

October 2, 2019

Week 5

Group Event

October 9, 2019

Week 6

Mentor Session #3

October 16, 2019

Week 7

Group Event

October 23, 2019

Week 8

Mentor Session #4

October 30, 2019

Week 9

Group Event

November 6, 2019

Week 10

Mentor Session #5

November 13, 2019

Week 11

Wrap-Up Event

November 20, 2019

Commitment

  • At our Kickoff session, you will have the opportunity to meet the mentors and choose your top three group choices.
  • Participants will be placed in a Mentor Group of their choice during the Kickoff event
  • Participants work in a group of 8-10 mentees within each Mentor Group comprising a spectrum of creative fields organized by shared interest and career level.
  • Please note: This is not a 1 on 1 mentor program

Cost

  • $25 for Students
  • $50 AIGA Members
  • $100 for Non-Members

There’s also a hidden cost; your time! We ask that you commit your time to the full 11-weeks to get the best return.

Shout outs:

Thanks to Glantz Design for creating the visual identity and graphic for the Fall 2019 program. And thank you to Mess for volunteering their time, resources and workspace to create our mentor snapshot videos. They are all amazing!  Thank you to the full committee for making all of this happen: Eric Irving, Leslie Presto, Megan Jackson, Adrian Aguilar, Hayley Gallat, Melody Pohla, and Yash Rastogi.

Get Involved

If you’d like to get involved, let us know! We’ll add your name to the notification list for the next round in case you didn’t make it in this time.  You can always keep up with the program via Facebook and Instagram (that’s where we’ll announce all of our important news!)

Contact

Have questions? Hit up Mentorship Chair, Eric Irving, at eric@chicago.aiga.org