Mentorship breakout sessions at IA Collaborative

Who’s Your Momma Mentorship in Chicago



The creative industry can be an exciting and challenging landscape to work in, and the path you take is totally up to you. Once you pick a direction, though, it helps to have a professional there to offer some guidance along the way.

That’s where our Who’s Your Momma event comes in. SheSays Chicago has assembled some of the top women in creative for the sole purpose of helping YOU. Our mentors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are here to answer questions and share insight on specialized topics chosen by our community. Who’s Your Momma offers something for everyone at any career level.

Our next mentorship event is on 12/4/19 at IA Collaborative.

Here’s how our event will work: We will kickoff with networking, appetizers and drinks. At check-in, you will choose one of our four breakout sessions you would like to join based on your interest. Groups are intentionally small, and have an average of 12-14 per group, so group choice is not guaranteed but we will do our absolute best to accommodate everyone.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Welcome and breakout sessions will start promptly at 6:00 pm. Appetizers and drinks will be provided.


Pitching Ideas and Getting Taken Seriously

You have a big idea, and research to back it, ready to pitch to either your boss or the client. Yet you find you are not being taken seriously, with your ideas being rejected. Do you blame your boss, or take this challenge and conquer it? This group will discuss how to handle non-constructive feedback about your work, and ensure your ideas make it to the finish line.

Rachael Hardy, Creative Consultant at Root, Inc

Katie Schlott, Partner, Client Engagement at IA Collaborative

Your Career & the Next Decade

2020 is around the corner. What are your goals going into the new year for your career? This group will help you begin planning now so they don’t fizzle out as a new year’s resolution. Make the first year of the next decade something to shout about from the rooftops.

Jessica Papilla, Senior Analyst, Marketing Analytics at Havi

Jasmine Sheth, Principal Talent Acquisition Manager at IA Collaborative

The Right Path to Leading Teams

Have you found yourself in a leadership role, and are worried you are faking it till you make it? Do you wonder if your team is taking you seriously? Are you learning how to deal with conflict resolution? This group will discuss what makes a great team leader, how to empower your team for greatness, and how to help you succeed in your new (or aspiring) role.

Mylene Pollock, Co-Founder and Creative Director at Small Good

Lila Trickle, Senior Director, Marketing and Communications at IA Collaborative

Shifting Careers into UX

Have you been looking to grow your skill set in user experience? Are you wondering what it takes, and what the path may look like for your already stellar resume of skills? This group will discuss this career path that has exploded, and what it could mean for your growth opportunities.

Rebecca Gimenez, Group Director, Graphic Design at IA Collaborative

Cammilleon McCray, Voice User Interface Designer at Versay Solutions


IA Collaborative is a global design and innovation consultancy. We believe the companies and organizations that will succeed in tomorrow’s hypercompetitive landscape are those that understand how to fully integrate design into business thinking and operations. We work with business leaders to rethink the role of design in every corner of their organization – and how to leverage design as a competitive advantage, from corporate growth strategy, to offering investment, to driving performance at scale.

Due to the confidential nature of work at IA Collaborative, we ask that event attendees refrain from photographing and sharing work posted on the office walls. Pictures of the office space and the people in attendance is encouraged!


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