Real Leadership

Virtual Mentoring Event 2021

Real Leadership Virtual Mentoring Event

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

Actually, everything has changed.

Now, more than ever, it is time to bring together next generation leaders with seasoned entrepreneurs and leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Mentors will share their experience and expertises to help you learn, grow, and transition as the world and economy shift and adjust to our new reality.

In this unique virtual mentoring event, mentees will be able to meet with 5 mentors in 10-minute speed rounds for powerful insights, advice, recommendations, and resources.

Real Leadership Mentoring Virtual Event

Thursday, June 10, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. MT | 8:00 -9:15 pm CET

Save your spot now!

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.

How Will Virtual Mentoring Work?

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: We will open the event with warm welcome, quick introductions, and then jump right into the speed mentoring. Each round will be a 10 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 will be using the Zoom platform 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 Your Mentors

Marlisa Anderson

Marlisa Anderson

President, Copper Rock Research Inc. (Biostatistician)

Marlisa founded Copper Rock Research in 2006 and has been working as a consulting biostatistician to biotech and pharma companies ever since. Prior to that, she was a Senior Statistician at Neurocrine Biosciences specializing in the development of drugs intended for the treatment of insomnia and endometriosis. Prior to Neurocrine, she was a statistician at Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals.

Marlisa began her career in clinical research in 1998 as a Biostatistician at The Immune Response Corporation working on clinical trials in the areas of HIV, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. She earned a BA in Psychology from UCSD and an MPH, with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, from San Diego State University.




Adrian Carver

Adrian Carver

Marketing Director, The Paper

"I tackle big problems and fight for big solutions."

A ninth generation New Mexican, Adrian is a hardworking and committed advocate who stands with marginalized communities and young people in New Mexico. His creativity and innovation are rooted in his values of social justice and racial healing.

Sonja Dewing

Sonja Dewing

CEO Plot Duckies

Sonja Dewing is a freelance writer and published author. Her business, Plot Duckies, gets writers through blocks and get to the point of publishing. Her specialty is social media marketing and startup planning. She successfully launched a crowdfunding/presale campaign with Publishizer that netted her a publisher for her first novel, Toy of the Gods. She successfully used Facebook to fill her first Plot Duckies event, the Short Storyathon. And she's grown her clients, like FatPipe ABQ and Duke City Roller Derby to large fanbases. 

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Mahalene Dulay

DEI Consultant & Executive Coach

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.


Adaku Ezeudo

DEI Consultant & Executive Coach

Adaku is an award-winning expert in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). She is a facilitator, educator and sought-after speaker who is on a mission to equip companies and organisations with the skills and know-how to empower diverse teams to perform at their best. Her work at PhoenixRize, her DEI consultancy, helps organisations to become aware of the concepts relating to DEI, develop successful DEI strategies and implement inclusive policies, fulfilling their statutory equality and diversity requirements, while shaping diversity into a strategic advantage. A servant leader, humanitarian, and passionate advocate, Adaku believes in meeting people where they are to address bias, racism, and injustice.




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Mariah Harrison

Nonprofit Resource Coordinator

Mariah is a native New Mexican and received her MCRP degree from the University of New Mexico. Formerly a Program Manager for UNM's Office of Community Engaged Learning & Research, she is now the Nonprofit and Philanthropy Coordinator under Mayor Keller. Her work with the City and the Board of Albuquerque Involved support public/social-profit partnerships, capacity-building for local nonprofits, and finding ways to further engage the Abq community in service.  Always looking for ways to connect to the environment and others, Mariah produces The Accent podcast, promotes Abq’s local entrepreneurs, enjoys taking road trips and running trails around the city.


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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.


Rafael Hurtado

Rafael Hurtado

Lawyer and Adjunct Professor

Rafael Hurtado practices employment law, primarily representing employees who have been the victims of wage theft, discrimination, or retaliation. Rafael represents employees from all backgrounds, a high percentage of his clients are Spanish speakers. He also teaches Legal Writing to first year law students.

Professor Hurtado is passionate about community service and advocacy. He served as a volunteer and contract attorney at the Legal Aid Society of San Diego from September 2013 through June 2014 at the unlawful detainer and civil restraining order clinic. Rafael went on to serve as General Counsel for MANA de San Diego, a Latina organization, from January 2017 to December 2019. He currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association and was on the Board of Directors for five years prior.

Rafael enjoys exploring and his curiosity has led him to try numerous hobbies including cooking, cycling, running, swimming, hiking, camping, photography, reading, and writing. He finds it invaluable to learn about new cultures and does so by traveling and learning new languages.



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Rachael Lorenzo (They/Them)

Indigenous Women Rising, Co-Founder & Abortion Access Lead; Assistant Commissioner of Engagement, New Mexico State Land Office

Rachael Lorenzo (Mescalero Apache/Laguna Pueblo/Xicana) is a queer parent of two and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They were born in Las Cruces, New Mexico to young parents and were raised on their father's ancestral land in Laguna, New Mexico. Rachael graduated with a BA in political science and a Masters in public administration, focusing on public health; both degrees are from the University of New Mexico. Rachael studied political campaigns, participated in policy analyses, and has been consulted for their expertise in public health policies that could impact Indigenous communities. Rachael was not only raised on traditional values but also on politics. Throughout their academic career, Rachael volunteered for political campaigns, ranging from city council elections to presidential campaigns. Rachael was selected as a fellow for President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, Obama For America (OFA). Currently, Rachael is not only part of Indigenous Women Rising but also serves as an appointee: Assistant Commissioner of Engagement and Tribal Liaison at the New Mexico State Land Office, under the first Latina and woman to serve as Land Commissioner, Stephanie Garcia Richard.


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Tsiporah Nephesh

Founder and Executive Director

New Mexico Thrives

Tsiporah ​is the Founder and Executive Director of New Mexico Thrives, New Mexico’s state nonprofit association. ​She left her position with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, because she felt that New Mexico nonprofits needed a voice. The work of New Mexico Thrives challenges the assumptions of funders and decision makers that do more to maintain the status quo than to make substantive change.​


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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.


Touree Robinson

Touree Robinson

Semi-retired Real Estate Agent, Entrepreneur & Investor

Touree has worked in various aspects of housing for the past 15 years ranging from general realty, new homes sales & property managment. He is from ABQ, NM. He first however started in housing as a certified-housing counselor through HUD by the way of The United South Broadway Cooperation none-profit.


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Kristin Rortvedt

Director, Community Relations,

Minnesota Twins

As Director of Community Relations for the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club, Kristin Rortvedt is committed to improving the lives of others through philanthropy, volunteerism, and collaboration. During Kristin’s tenure, the Twins launched a new strategy that strives to advance social equity by investing in the full potential of our children though education and youth development.

Throughout her career, Kristin served as a leadership development consultant for a global nonprofit organization, as Executive Director for a New Mexico nonprofit, and as a leader in employee volunteerism and grantmaking for a multi-state utility. She is passionate about travel and service to others.

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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. 

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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.

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Be Prepared! Before You Register:

Get to know the mentors, read their profiles!

Identify at least 5 mentors with whom you want to be matched!

Mark your calendar!*

*Cancellations are highly discouraged, if for any reason you have to cancel please do so at least 5 days in advance. Last minute cancellations wreak havoc on the schedule and leave mentors without mentees.

Real Leadership Mentoring Virtual Event

Thursday, June 10, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. MT | 8:00 -9:15 pm CET

Save your spot now!

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.

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