Peer Mentor Program

Some of the most successful communications professionals credit mentors for helping to guide their path. WCA’s Peer Mentor Program pairs you with other members who can assist you with any stage of your career. Mentors are available to listen and offer feedback based on their own professional and personal experiences. For those who volunteer to serve as mentors, this is a great way to develop leadership skills.

Women Communicators of Austin’s Peer Mentor Program is a “win-win.”

Mentees benefit from personalized guidance, whether through answers to quick questions, specific career guidance or longer term mentoring. Identifying peer mentors who can guide you for a limited period of time or for the longer haul can be the smartest way to advance professionally throughout your career. Our mentors also serve our student members by giving them a chance to tap into the advice, job search and networking guidance of a seasoned professional. 

The program also gives members the opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise and act as a “sounding board” by serving as a peer mentor to help other members with professional development and career advancement. WCA Peer Mentors gain a chance to build their leadership skills, along with the personal reward of potentially shaping someone’s path to success.

Have career questions or need deeper insights? See our Ask a Mentor blog.

 

Work with a Mentor

Whether you’re a student or already working, a stay-at-home parent choosing to go back to work in communications or wanting to change direction, students and professional members can be a mentee (i.e., request a peer mentor). Learn more with our Demystifying Mentorship for Mentees handout.

Ready for a mentor?
Meet the Mentors

Questions?– Email careers@wcaustin.org.

Be a Mentor

No matter your years of experience, role in communications, or familiarity with other fields, you can be a mentor. Mentoring can take place anywhere – whether it’s face-to-face over coffee, lunch or happy hour; video chat; or via email or phone. Professional members can mentor students or other professional members. Learn more with our Demystifying Mentorship for Mentors handout.

Ready to become a WCA Peer Mentor?
Fill out this form.

Program Guidelines


What WCA’s Peer Mentors can do:

  • Speed mentoring.
  • Short term mentoring: Guidance on a specific topic requiring limited involvement – for instance, what subjects should a student take for a career in communications; where to intern; or assistance through a job application and interview process.
  • Longer term mentoring: students looking for on-going career guidance; professionals looking to brainstorm and implement career moves, discuss challenges at work, or find a sounding board for creative development.
  • Help mentees answer a series of questions to gain clarity on their talents, strengths, and career interests. This can be part of a short or long term mentoring arrangement.
  • Provide honest feedback about cover letters, portfolios, and other professional materials. This can be part of a short or long term mentoring arrangement.

What WCA Peer Mentors cannot do:

  • Provide professional-grade career coaching sessions. WCA has many qualified members who can provide that service.
  • Provide specific logistical assistance in starting or revamping a business venture.
  • Provide any kind of psychological input or feedback beyond a friendly ear and helpful suggestions based on their own professional experiences.

Meet the Mentors

Meet the more than 20 mentors who have generously volunteered their time to assist you. Once you have identified a mentor with whom you’d like to work, please complete the form below to request her; she will assist you subject to her availability. If she is unable to assist you at this time, we will ensure that you are matched. If you are not sure who would be suitable, you may leave the mentor field blank and we’ll match you with a mentor we believe will fit your needs.

Feedback is welcome! If you have comments or need support with your mentor relationship, please contact careers@wcaustin.org for guidance.

Anne Lasseigne Tiedt, APR

Principal and Co-Owner, Momentum Public Relations, LLC Anne Lasseigne Tiedt grew up working summers at the Port of Brownsville Shrimp Boat Basin. It was there she learned how to work smarter, not harder, to achieve what you want in life. She’s taken this lesson and...

Barbara Springer

Barbara has over 30 years of professional experience working for software and hardware technology companies, including Intel, Dell, Novell, SAS Institute and several start-ups. She has extensive experience with system engineering, training, customer...

Christine Moline

Communications and Organizing Strategist, Dashboard Priorities Christine is a strategic consultant with experience in project management, public relations and copywriting for marketing communication. She currently serves clients with editing and operations...

Clarisa Ramirez

Clarisa is the Digital & Social Media Lead of Austin Board of REALTORS®  Clarisa is a multimedia journalist who has worked as in-house as a professional storyteller for both national and local nonprofits. Before joining the Austin Board...

Erin Huddleston

Director of Development, Notley Ventures - Erin is a strategic professional whose experience spans public relations, marketing, program management and fundraising.  She is currently Director of Development for Notley Ventures, a company serving as a catalyst for...

Gina Helfrich

Gina Helfrich, Ph.D. Communications Director and Program Manager for Diversity & Inclusion NumFOCUS Gina has over 10 years of professional communications experience spanning nonprofits, technology, higher education, and entrepreneurship. She is an expert in...

Jan Gunter

Communications and Community Relations Director, The Salvation Army, Austin Area Command - Jan is an ENFJ (for those familiar with Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and is passionate about connecting with others. With a work ethic developed in the family...

Jane Baxter Lynn

Principal, JBL Strategies; Women Communicators of Austin Career Services Mentor Program Leader - Jane is an experienced strategic planner, facilitator and professional communicator.  She has spent three decades in global, national and regional communications,...

Jennifer Stayton

"Morning Edition" Host, KUT 90.5 FM - Jennifer is a native Austinite with over 20 years of experience as a radio broadcaster. She has worked in both public and commercial radio as a host, newscast anchor, interviewer, news reporter, DJ, producer, writer, editor, news...

Julie Tereshchuk

Editor-in-Chief, Texas Lifestyle Magazine In 2002, Julie took a leap off a cliff, landed intact, and has gone on to become an award-winning freelance magazine writer and book editor. In November 2014 she took on her current role as Editor-in-Chief of Texas Lifestyle...

Julie Wickert

Principal, True Story Communication - Julie is a longtime communications professional with a technical writing background and a knack for capturing the essential marketing messages and the stories that substantiate them. She has extensive experience in proposal...
Karen Aroian

Karen Aroian

Aroian Editorial Through the years, Karen Aroian has had the good fortune to work in New York and Boston with some of the country’s best writers and editors. In 2012, after eight years as an editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Karen Aroian founded her own writing...

Kate McKerlie

Communication Director, Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing Kate McKerlie, MSSW, MPH is currently the Communications Director at the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing at the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work....

Katie Pariseau

Director of Learning & Development, TrendKite - Katie has been lucky enough to work for boutique advertising agencies as small as 10 to GSD&M with 600+ employees. She's also worked in MarCom roles at Dell and AMD, and in Sales Enablement at AMD and startups...

Lani Rosales

Chief Operating Officer, The American Genius Lani Rosales is the COO of The American Genius (news network for entrepreneurs + SMBs), Co-Founder of the Big Ass Social Happy Hour (monthly networking event), and Founder of ADJ (Austin Digital Jobs - wild, massive...

Lisa O’Neill

Principal and Founder, Breakaway Public Relations Lisa O’Neill, principal and founder of Breakaway Public Relations, has more than 25 years experience in public relations and integrated marketing with a focus on clients in hospitality, travel and non-profit sectors....

LuAnn Glowacz

Freelance/Contract Executive Ghost Writer & Editor, WordCove - LuAnn has mastered the art of working from home in her pajamas, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. After 15 years in agencies and in non-profit, technology and healthcare PR, she decided to...

Margaret Barry

Owner and Principal, Exit 6 Communications Margaret is an award-winning marketing strategist whose entire career has been in marketing for nonprofit organizations. Before moving to Austin, Margaret led marketing strategy and implementation for five top business...

Mary Ann Roser

Founder and chief, Roser Prose, LLC. After a decades-long journalism career in Kentucky, Washington, D.C., and Texas, Mary Ann transferred her writing, editing and interviewing skills to Roser Prose, LLC, a communications consulting company she created in mid-2016....
Mary Anne Connolly

Mary Anne Connolly

Founder/Chief Creative, MACMedia - Mary Anne has spent nearly 20 years in journalism – the first 10 in New York as a production associate for ABC News’ 20/20 and John Stossel Specials; then as a newsmagazine producer for FOX News at FOX Files and the Fox News...
Maura Thomas

Maura Thomas

Founder and Chief Trainer at RegainYourTime.com - Maura is an international speaker and trainer on productivity, attention, and effectiveness for clients such as the American Heart Association, Honeywell, Dell, and L’Oreal. She is a TEDx Speaker, founder of...

Patti DeNucci

Author, Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, Consultant DeNucci & Co LLC Patti DeNucci grew up in an entrepreneurial family where she learned valuable lessons about business and the power of being involved in the community and building solid relationships. She...

Sandra Kleinsasser

Owner and Editor-in-Chief, WriteAustin.com - Sandra is a veteran journalist who left the news business after 30 years to reshape a career that needed some fresh air. Now, she is a freelance editor and writer who enjoys crafting success stories, blogs, newsletters and...

Request a Mentor

The following content is accessible for members only, please sign in.
Loading…

Ask a Mentor Blog

Ask a Mentor: Family Friendly Career Tips

Ask a Mentor: Family Friendly Career Tips

Got your own career conundrum you'd like advice on? Then sign up for the WCA peer mentoring program. It's free to members! It’s all about peers who care helping their fellow WCA members. Family Friendly Career Tips Compiled and edited by Julie Tereshchuk Dear Mentors,...

Ask a Mentor: Can I make a living as a Freelance Writer?

Ask a Mentor: Can I make a living as a Freelance Writer?

Got your own career conundrum you'd like advice on? Then sign up for the WCA peer mentoring program. It's free to members! It’s all about peers who care helping their fellow WCA members.   Can I make a living as a freelance writer? Compiled and edited by Julie...

Ask A Mentor: Free Job Resources

Ask A Mentor: Free Job Resources

Got your own career conundrum you'd like advice on? Then sign up for the WCA peer mentoring program. It's free to members! It’s all about peers who care helping their fellow WCA members.   Free Job Resources? (an Update) Compiled and edited by Julie Tereshchuk...

Ask A Mentor: In a Groove or In a Rut?

Ask A Mentor: In a Groove or In a Rut?

Got your own career conundrum you'd like advice on? Then sign up for the WCA peer mentoring program. It's free to members! It’s all about peers who care helping their fellow WCA members. Recommended Resources? Compiled and edited by Julie Tereshchuk   Dear...

Ask A Mentor: Recommended Resources?

Ask A Mentor: Recommended Resources?

Got your own career conundrum you'd like advice on? Then sign up for the WCA peer mentoring program. It's free to members! It’s all about peers who care helping their fellow WCA members. Recommended Resources? Compiled and edited by Julie Tereshchuk   Dear...

Ask A Mentor: Do I Spill or Be Still?

Ask A Mentor: Do I Spill or Be Still?

Got your own career conundrum you'd like advice on? Then sign up for the WCA peer mentoring program. It's free to members! It’s all about peers who care helping their fellow WCA members. Do I Spill or Be Still? Compiled and edited by Julie Tereshchuk Dear Mentors,...

In addition to guiding me through some important decision-making, my mentor shared her philosophies on living a more fulfilling life and connected me to some really amazing professionals who would later help benefit my career. I also owe her for helping me find my calling: supporting the Girls Empowerment Network, an organization we both care about. I now sit on the nonprofit's board! I am so thankful we have this group because it provides so much value to women of all ages. Everyone should have a mentor!

— Clarisa Ramirez, Digital & Social Media Lead, Austin Board of REALTORS®