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

Register! Space is Limited

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

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Dr. Joel Brown, PhD

Management Consultant & Coach

Pneumos LLC

Dr. Joel A. Brown is the Chief Visionary Officer of Pneumos LLC, a management consulting and coaching company based in San Francisco, USA, specializing in cultural intelligence, leadership, change management, and strategic storytelling. As a change agent, Joel works strategically with organizational leaders to cultivate innovative, creative, and adaptive environments where the cultural genius of everyone can be harnessed and leveraged successfully. 

Best known for his critical analysis, creativity, humor, and his ability to build consensus, Joel has partnered with Fortune 500 Companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to help them achieve sustained growth and organizational breakthroughs. His clients have ranged from LinkedIn to the United Nations, and his “sweet spots” have included change management, DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging), leadership development, and intercultural communication. Joel is also an adjunct professor at the IESEG School of Management in Paris and Lille, France, where he teaches executive MBA courses on strategic storytelling and story listening.  Dr. Brown also is an accomplished spoken word poet.



Rathi Casey

Partner & CEO

UKUU Creative

Rathi Casey comes from a background of design, innovation, and visual creativity. With more than 10 years of experience in Architecture & Design, her studio focuses on holistic problem solving. Originally from Southern India, Rathi loves to travel the world, and has worked in Paris, New York, San Francisco, and Hong Kong. Her love for international design influences her work in graphics and visual experiences. Rathi was the 2020 Albuquerque Economic Development Rising Star Honoree and a 2019 Albuquerque Business First 40 Under Forty Honoree. She serves on the board of Explora Children's Museum, the Urban Land Institute NM and Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School. Since starting her own business, her leadership focuses on entrepreneurship, cultivating your brand, and building relationships within the community. Rathi Casey is committed to high quality design projects, dedicated to serving a greater purpose. She believes that UKUU Creative completes the circle, meeting real human needs with strong design solutions. 

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. 


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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Annemarie Henton

Head of Growth, Strategy & Marketing
Cantina Business Strategies & Development, Inc.

Annemarie Ciepiela Henton, APR, is an economic development executive with 15 years of experience as a public relations, marketing and branding expert. As Head of Growth, Strategy and Marketing for Cantina Business Strategies and Development, Inc., she helps businesses strategize how to generate new business, increase revenue, enhance visibility and expand their real estate footprints.

Previous to this role, Annemarie served as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc., where she was responsible for leading the organization’s ongoing business development, strategic communications, and global branding and marketing strategies. She was a member of AED’s recruitment team, working to bring new employers such as Netflix, Facebook and more to the Albuquerque metro area. In addition to her role at AED, Annemarie served in an executive-on-loan capacity for the City of Albuquerque’s Innovation Team (funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies) in 2015 and 2016.

Annemarie speaks nationally on the topics of emotional intelligence and communication in the multigenerational workplace, and how bold optimism can transform your life and career. She is a co-founder of Albuquerque’s award-winning “Stop Bagging, Start Bragging” campaign, a successful grassroots initiative that empowers Albuquerque residents to play a role in the city’s talent attraction and retention strategy.

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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.



Space is limited.

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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Bastian Kuentzel

Learning Experience Designer & Learning Companion

Incontro Training

Bastian is a father, a partner, a friend and a cook. His work lives at the intersection of Culture, Communication and Leadership. He runs intercultural trainings, facilitates management retreats, designs conference programmes and teaches at different Universities.

He is the author of “The Learner’s Journey: How to use Storytelling as a Design Principle to create powerful Learning Experiences”.


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Kelli McLoud-Schingen

Global Diversity & Inclusion Specialist

KMS Intercultural Consulting, LLC

Kelli McLoud-Schingen, Founder and Principal Facilitator for KMS Intercultural Consulting, LLC is a Global Diversity and Inclusion Specialist.  Kelli offers expertise in global diversity, equity and inclusion, storytelling, conflict resolution/mediation and inclusive leadership. She has facilitated workshops for educational, non-profit, government and corporate institutions in the USA and internationally since 1989.



The number of available spaces is limited.

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.


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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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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%.


Amy Whitfield

Special Projects Coordinator

CYFD Office of the Secretary

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.

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

Register! Space is Limited

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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