Assisterhood 2024 expands overseas, applications now open

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BRISBANE, Today: This year’s Assisterhood is bigger and better, reaching beyond its traditional borders to include mentors from Aotearoa and wider Australia. It’s an exciting time for growth and learning.

For those dreaming of mentorship but living outside the usual cities, there’s good news! The online program is now welcoming applications from far and wide.

“Expanding makes so much sense. No matter where you live, everyone deserves to be able to access Assisterhood, and we’ll continue to build on this year on year. The calibre of mentors this year is second to none.”

Entering its seventh year, Assisterhood promises mentees a rich six-month mentorship experience with industry leaders. It’s an opportunity not just about quantity, but quality. Among the alumni are names like Colleen Gao and Anais Read, showcasing the program’s impact.

“I’m so excited about making Assisterhood accessible to people all over Australia and Aotearoa. Our Online mentors are all exceptional – and this is just the beginning!”

The recent Info Night was a hit, drawing over 200 attendees. It featured heartfelt stories from mentor-mentee pairs and insights into the application process. Plus, attendees got a head start on their applications.

“I’m so excited about making Assisterhood accessible to people all over Australia and Aotearoa. Our Online mentors are all exceptional – and this is just the beginning!”

Assisterhood is a call to action for everyone, from every background and identity, to join the 2024 program. The application is a breeze, taking just about 20 minutes.


Online Mentors (NEW)

Haylie Craig:
Creative Director, Colenso NZ
Elena del Villar: Senior UX designer, The Brand Agency, WA
Katie Moon: Creative Director and Founder, Moonhaus
Chelsea Sietses: Senior Art Director, Ogilvy NZ
Jenny Travers: Group Account Director, Ogilvy NZ

VIC Mentors (NEW)

Amber Bonney:
Founder, Executive Director – Creative & Strategy
Dan Chapman: Managing Partner, Ogilvy Melbourne
Rebecca Den Braber: General Manager, Hatched Media
Shyaire Ganglani: Associate Creative Director, Ogilvy
Olivia Gatt: Associate Creative Director, Scooter
Katrina Khao: Head Brand Thinker, Thinkerbell
Nomfundo Msomi: Executive Strategy Director, CHEP Network
Jasmine Parasram: Design Superwoman, Pricing Queen
Jordan Smith: Group Business Director, PHD


Mirella Arapian:
Founder & Creative Director, MEK STUDIO
Nancy Bugeja: Managing Director of HM Group
Yasha Chandra: Client Partner, iProspect
Sheridan Devereux: General Manager, HBK Agency
Stefanie DiGianvincenzo: Creative Strategist, Meta
Ella Keddie: Senior Client Partner (Retail, Finance & Government), Snapchat
Michila Macleod: National Sales and Partnerships Director, Broadsheet Media
Naomi Mulholland: Producer, Cloudberry Films
Dr Marion Piper: Creativity Coach & Copywriter, Marion Piper Creative
Virginia Sculley: Head of People & Culture, Hatched


Penny Brown:
Head of Production, The Monkeys part of Accenture Song
Olivia Chen: Creative Director, Studio Chenchen
Carolyn Cho: Client Partner, INNOCEAN Australia
Niall Hughes: Sydney Business Director, Thrive PR
Feryx Hui Ming Lim: Creative Copywriter, Paper Moose
Maddie Marsh: Client Services, Meta
Tamara McCann: Head of Lead Generation, GCS, Google
Souad Saied: Managing Director, HERO
Hannah Sturrock: National Head of Engagement, Advertising Council Australia
Bronwyn van der Merwe: Service Practice Lead AUNZ, Accenture Song
Lea Walker: Founder, Mrs Walker Talent Consultancy
Renata Yannoulis: Senior Strategist, TBWA/Australia
Trang Young: Data, Digital and Marketing Expert

QLD Mentors (NEW)

Liz Ballantyne:
Director of Strategy & Growth, Media Mortar
Kell Darling: General Manager, Flip
Isabelle Debnam: Head of Marketing (AU, NZ & US), Tes
Jennifer Garner: Senior Vice President, Sales Operations (APJ), CitrusAd
Carissa Jackson: Associate Creative Director, Publicis Worldwide
Belinda Lloyd: WID Award Winner, Founder Marketing Consultancy, SheCodes Mentor
Natalie Mitchell: Senior Broadcast & Content Producer, Publicis
Samantha Shah: CMO, Raging Bull Consulting
Hannah Statham: CEO & Founder, Media Mortar
Alicent Wong: Account Director, Excite Media


Georgia Ball:
Director, SoPost
Kelly Brightwell: Strategy Director, Khemistry
Clare Dlugosz: Group Director Tech and Transformation EssenceMediaCom
Christine Gannon: Managing Partner, CHE Proximity
Megan Henderson: Global Brand Experience Leader, Flight Centre
Keisha Leon: Director, Cause/Affect
Kate Lippett: Chief Client Officer, Publicis Groupe
Ash Ivory: Chief Product Officer, Ivory Common
Laura Jiew: Marketing and Events Advisor, CSIRO
Camilla (Gautam) Marshall: General Manager, Marketing, Endeavour Foundation
Pamela Okada: Marketing & Fundraising, Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS)
Kylee Ratz: Group General Manager, Cutting Edge
Jessamy Ross: Senior Copywriter at VML & QLD AWARD School Head
Emmagness Ruzvidzo: Marketing Strategist, Coach and Trainer | Podcaster
Amber Snow: Managing Director, Rehaula
Caroline Starecky: Founder, Caroline Starecky
Lisa Summer-Hayes: Director, Audiences and Visitor Experience, Queensland Ballet
Lieve Torbeyns: Founder/Creative Director, Sgt Purple
Ashton Tuckerman: CMO | Marketing Leader | UQ MBA Candidate
Sara Tweedly: Chief Marketing Officer, Canstar

2024 Assisterhood Squad

Founder + CEO + VIC Lead – Linh Diep:
Account Director at Ogilvy
COO + Online Lead – Polina Shilenina: Digital Director at Publicis Worldwide
NSW Lead – Charlotte Goodsir: Marketing Strategist at TikTok
QLD Lead + Creative Lead (Art) – Elle Whittaker: Art Director at Publicis Worldwide
Creative Lead (Copy) – Anais Read: Copywriter at Ogilvy
Head of Editorial and Content – Leah Morris: Senior Copywriter at R/GA

VIC Squad:
Caitlin Alcock
Isabelle Beaupré
Tyler Cicerale
Anoushka Praveen
Anais Read
Sarah Vanderschoot

NSW Squad:
Rebecca Chan
Rosalinde Czysnok
Charlotte Goodsir
Sophie Gallagher
Vicky Stewardson

QLD Squad:
Molly Atkinson
Liz Ballantyne
Claire Bass
Maddie Cristaldi
Isabelle Debnam
Bryony Hardy
Petrice Koutsis
Elle Whittaker

Online Squad:
Elise Le-Galloudec
Polina Shilenina

Ready to make a leap? Apply now at It’s your moment to shine.

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