The Real Mentors Network

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Real Mentors Network Mentoring Events

 Fact: The “workplace” as we know it has changed.

Actually, everything has changed.

Now, more than ever, it is time to bring invest in your talent with access to successful entrepreneurs and leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Mentors share their experience and expertise, helping professionals learn, grow, and transition as the world and economy shift and adjust to our new reality.

Our dynamic speed mentoring events enable your employees, teams, and talent to meet with 5 mentors in 7 minute speed rounds for powerful insights, advice, recommendations, and resources.

Real Mentors Network Virtual Events

Schedule Your 2022 Event

Mentoring is a proven strategy to upskill and build capacity for leaders, create career pathways, develop high potential talent, and to foster an inclusive work environment to attract and retain diverse talent. Book your own bespoke mentoring event now.

How Will Speed Mentoring Work?

Bespoke Design: Work closely with Tamara Thorpe, the Millennials Mentor, to identify your goals and objectives, and the mentors and mentees who will participate. You can include mentors from your own organization, or hand picked mentors from our network of highly qualified mentors.

Mentor Selection: Mentees will be able to review and select their preferred mentors, and the match-ups will be assigned in advance. We will do our best to ensure mentees are able to connect with their preferences; however, based upon demand, mentees may be assigned to other mentors; a great opportunity for serendipitous mentoring.

Event Flow: The event will open with a warm welcome and then we jump right into the speed mentoring. Each round will be a 7 minute one-on-one mentor session, with a 3-minute break between each session to transition to the next round. We will close the event with a short group debrief to share the highlights and insights from the mentor sessions.

The Tech: We use Zoom so each mentor-mentee pair will be able to talk one-on-one in a private virtual breakout room. Both mentors and mentees will be provided with guiding questions and discussion ideas prior to the event to help you maximize your speed mentoring rounds.


Meet Some of Our Real Mentors

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Rob Howard

Statistical Analyst, Founder & Entrepreneur

Rob Howard is a statistical programmer that provides data analysis services to pharmaceutical companies that conduct clinical research trials. In 2007 he started his own consulting business, Veridical Solutions, and while he continues to operate his own business, he co-founded and launched a new business, Emanate Biostats, in 2020. He serves on the executive committee for PharmaSUG (a global non-profit with a mission to provide in-person and online forums to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and promote best practices for those working with analysis software in the pharmaceutical industry) and was the Co-Chair for the US event in Baltimore, MD in 2017 as well as the inaugural PharmaSUG Japan event in 2018. He is an avid runner and uncle to five amazing nieces and nephews. He lives in San Diego with his partner, Rafael and their dog, Diego.


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Pamela Weese Powell

Co-Founder & CEO

Dakota Tree Project

Pamela Weese Powell is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Dakota Tree Project (DTP) , a nonprofit organization in Albuquerque, NM that focuses on high-heat, low income neighborhoods to combat systemic disparities in the urban tree canopy.

After decades of living away, she returned to NM to be closer to family and to greet the sun again. She was recognized as a Woman of Influence in 2016 by ABQ Biz Journal. Her board experience is vast including Immediate Past Chair of the ABQ Museum Board of Trustees, Board Member of 516 Arts, Board Member of the Sawmill Center for the Arts Capital Campaign, Past Chair and Board Member of Paws & Stripes. Pamela also has a Gun Violence Survivor Fellowship with Everytown for Gun Safety, and acts as the Everytown for Gun Safety Lead for the ABQ City Gun Violence Prevention Team.

Vista Del Mar Wealth Management

Mahalene Dulay

Founder, Wealth Advisor and Visionary of Vista Del Mar Wealth Management

As a proud daughter of Filipino immigrant parents, Mahalene has always known her life would be spent on empowering individuals to feel more confident about their most important financial decisions. She started her career in 2007; in 2018, opened her own financial services firm in her hometown of San Diego. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Business Administration Finance. Aside from being a business owner, she is a mom of two (three including my dog, Guiness). Mahalene is an advocate for the environment and women; you'll find her often hosting or volunteering for events to give back to the community and advocate for underserved communities. She LOVES to travel (which includes eating her way through the places she visits), meeting new people and prefer being outside!

Though her clients come from different walks of life, she is passionate about working with purpose-driven women, especially her fellow mom entrepreneurs, who have the challenge of being so busy in their professional and personal lives they aren't optimizing their wealth the way they envision. Mahalene is also an advocate for financial literacy, especially for women investors of color. She values long-term relationships, and works alongside her clients to help them set and reach their financial goals, so they can spend more time enjoying life.

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Miriam OyP

Miriam Ortiz Y Pino

Certified Professional Organizer, Simplicity Expert & Coach, Entrepreneur

Miriam Ortiz y Pino ​works with entrepreneurs and other busy and creative people to eliminate the distractions, simplify systems and create routines so they can do their best work and live a fuller life. The More than Organized Blog was recognized as one of the top 5 Simplicity Blogs, one of the top 100 productivity blogs, and one of the top 20 home office organizers. Miriam holds certificates in Workplace Productivity, Residential Organizing, Courageous Coaching Method, Fire Starter Session Facilitator and Sacred Money Archetypes Coaching.


Brett Parry

Brett Parry

Founder & Career Architect

The Cultural Mentor

Australian born, living in the USA. A deep faith in the ability of the curious mind to navigate expanding global horizons. I believe the skills to do this can be taught with compassion, action and knowledge, all with an intentional plan to achieve high level personal and professional outcomes. I am a cross-cultural consultant and facilitator, speaker, mentor and coach. At the Cultural Mentor, I lead a global network teaching better understand of cultural gaps and how to bridge them.



Giovanna Rossi

President & CEO

Collective Action Strategies, LLC

Giovanna is a leadership consultant and results coach with 20+ years working with entrepreneurs, government and non-profits to improve the lives of women and families using intersectional feminism and mindfulness. She holds a Master of Science degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics and is the founder of the Family Friendly Business Award® and host of The Well Woman Show on NPR One.

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Keith Allen West

Founder & CEO

Wild West Skincare

An Actor and Entrepreneur, Keith Allen West is known for his energetic presentations on branding, marketing and extreme career growth strategies. He applies his wildly successful entrepreneur skills to acting as a business. He has worked with actors and directors from multiple Academy Award winning films. Since 2014 he has reached the Inc. 500/5000 list with two of his cosmetics companies by growing revenue over 1,000%.


Carmen White Janak

CEO & Black Mental Health Advocate

Carmen White Janak is a leader and facilitator in the diversity, inclusion, and equity field across multicultural and multi-ethnic ecosystems. Carmen possesses an ability to create an environment whereby her audience can participate in frank and often challenging discussions of uncomfortable subject matters; this remarkable skill is seen as she weaves humor with practical wisdom and encourages empathy within these complex conversations across a multiplicity of community, educational, and business arenas. It is her ability to be a leader of leaders that fuels her work on every level causing her to be a sought-after speaker and facilitator. 


Amy Whitfield

Director NM State Office

of African American Affairs

Amy Whitfield is Special Projects Coordinator for the NM Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD).  Ms. Whitfield has had a strong career in social services working in small non-profits serving numerous groups in both direct service and non-profit executive management.  In her current role she is responsible for planning and implementing projects that move forward the strategic plan goals of CYFD Administration. 

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About Your Host

Tamara Thorpe is a leadership expert and world-renowned champion for talented Millennial & Gen Z professionals–aka the next great generation of leaders. With a dynamic and compassionate approach to leadership development, Tamara helps emerging leaders build their legacies by effectively dealing with day-to-day challenges of leadership, as well as focusing on the future by helping them learn to create culturally smart, inclusive workplaces (aka “woke” workplaces).

A firm believer that people matter most to an organization’s success, Tamara brings over 30+ years of on-the-ground experience with leading international and multicultural teams, as well as an extensive background in mentoring and leadership, identity development, diversity & inclusion and intergenerational issues to the table.

Tamara is committed to creating spaces and opportunities for people to be mentored and access the support and resources they need to succeed personally and professionally.

Tamara Thorpe

Be Prepared! Before You Register:

Set your objectives!

Identify your mentors with whom you want to be matched!

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Real Mentors Network Mentoring Events

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Be a part of this unique virtual mentoring event designed to bring together next generation leaders with seasoned entrepreneurs and leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to grow, learn, and connect.

Bespoke events can be organized for teams and organizations.

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