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Creating Space to Flourish

Written by
Bri Piccari
Published
May 19, 2017

I am absolutely thrilled to announce AIGA Central Pennsylania’s Women Lead mentorship program, Flourish. Our debut program is a pilot run to help determine the want and need in our area for a mentorship program, and has a focus on emerging (in the field 1-5 years) women in design with an interest in developing leadership skills through networking and mentorship.

Flourish will aim to pair up ten emerging designers with a mentor who is working in a design role, and has 5+ years experience in an agency, freelance or in-house role. Our mentees should have a desire to grow professionally and a want to serve in a leadership capacity to some degree in their career. Mentees must also be a current AIGA member. Our mentors are folks in the field who are looking to give back to the emerging population, and willing to spend some of their time reviewing their mentee’s portfolio and providing advice on the workplace to facilitate a relationship with their mentee.

Priority will be given to AIGA members, and mentorship partnerships will run from September 10th through November 31st. The 8 week program will ask mentors and mentees to meet at least once a month in person, and relay guidelines for communication and other expectations. We’ll have a kick off party for pairs to meet, and a final potluck get together as we share our experiences, what we learned, and our goals for 2018.

Being able to offer a mentorship program in the Central Pennsylvania area has been a personal goal of mine since joining the chapter leadership in 2014. I have a lot to thank my mentors for, and wouldn’t be where I am today, if it wasn’t for them. I hope to return the favor by providing the same opportunity to our emerging women in design. I hope you’ll join us for this first time program for our chapter and area. I hope you’ll see the importance that mentorships make in a career, and I hope you’ll pass it on or get involved and help our community grow.

Best,

Bri Piccari
President,
AIGA Central Pennsylvania

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