The team behind the Elevate mentoring programme have announced the launch of its second season and intake for new mentees and mentors, which is now live. Registrations will remain open until August 18, with the aim of having all partnerships announced by the first week in September.
Over the last six months Elevate has seen more than 90 paired mentors and mentees of varying levels from all over the events industry. The next intake has already had 80 pre-signup requests and the team are keen to for more to join.
Co-founder Courtney Baisch, talent and communications manager at Innovision, said: “We’ve got some awesome, very senior people giving their time and help, but we’d also love people interested in mentoring at a mid and more junior level to get involved – we provide lots of resource and support and it’s a great way to personally develop and extend your network. We also urge those in creative roles at all levels to get involved as we are seeing a surge in creatives looking for support.”
The programme, created by Baisch, Max Fellows, head of client services at Clive and Mel Noakes, former head of experiential at Sony Mobile, has developed into one of the biggest most successful mentoring programmes in the industry. This team has included a new feature for the second season, which enables the opportunity for one-off, one-hour, mentoring sessions.
The Elevate family has grown in diversity throughout its first season, with participants from L’Oreal, Innocent, Clive, Amplify, Wonder, Sledge, Geometry Global, PrettyGreen, Neverland, Innovision and Santander to name just a few.
Mentee Kelly Stewart, event operations manager at Be Vivid (now freelancing), said: “It was invaluable networking and insight for me, my mentor was wonderful and we got on straight away, formalising this kind of relationship was excellent. This type of scheme can benefit everyone as it did me.
Mentor Andrew Dougan, head of experiential and growth at Geometry Global, added: “I have been genuinely fortunate to learn and gain invaluable experience from some of the best in the industry – it has led to my own career success and Elevate has enabled me to pay it forward and back. There is no better feeling than knowing you are helping and inspiring colleagues and peers to drive our incredible industry forward.”