Ready. Set. Impress!

November 18, 2018
Joanna Williams

The 2015-2016 CPRS Hamilton Mentorship Program kicked off on October 15th. This year, we are fortunate to have 11 talented PR industry professionals mentoring 11 PR students and new junior/intermediate practitioners. We’re excited to have a number of returning and new mentors to help inspire and guide up-and-coming PR practitioners.

After a brief introduction, we reviewed what is and is not a mentor.

Then we were off with a fast-paced speed mentorship activity.


How does speed mentoring work?

Mentees come prepared with their elevator speech rehearsed and ready to make a good first impression. The timer is set for six minutes, and then it begins!

Mentee Goldie Tock speaks with Mentor Mary Siegner as part of a speed mentoring exercise held during the first CPRS Hamilton Mentorship Program event in October.

Each of the mentees has a brief ‘get-to-know-you’ conversation with a mentor, and then when the timer goes off, they move on to the next mentor. It’s exciting, intriguing and fun! Each person takes notes as they progress through the potential candidates. Then at the end of the evening, they rank their top choices.

Organizers and CPRS Hamilton Mentorship 2015-16 Co-Chairs Rosita Carobelli-Zukowski and Kim Sopko take a couple of days and perform a careful balancing act to pair mentors and mentees appropriately. “There was a great energy in the room where 11 mentees met 11 mentors, and began their seven-month journey in learning and networking towards their PR goals,” explained Rosita.

We are pleased to announce the 2015-2016 mentorship participants:

Participants have a short time to make a good first impression. Here Mentor Andrea Farquhar learns more about Mentee Myles Herod.

  • Andrea Farquhar and Katherine Perrin
  • Andrea Price and Laura Vertucci
  • Cynthia Janzen and Karima El Bilali
  • Daryl Barnhart and Alena Kondratieva
  • David Rowney and Dary Un
  • Gordon Neufeld and Goldie Tock
  • Hilary Sadler and Myles Herod
  • Janine Ivings and Kelly Grant
  • Mark Gregory and Alexandra Sehl
  • Mary Siegner and Michelle Ferguson-Soules
  • Stephanie Kerr and Nahren Shamoka

A special thank you to The Hamilton Spectator for generously providing a venue space to kick off the program year. As well as All in Place Communications and Creative Design as the catering sponsor for the evening.