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, March 11, 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


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. 

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Mae Cooper

Talent Development Consultant

Mae Cooper is a Talent Development Consultant at Capital One supporting the development and growth of associates, leaders, and teams. She has worked previously in higher education, non-profits, and political advocacy organizations and brings expertise in experiential education and inclusive facilitation to her work. She holds a Master of Education from Vanderbilt University and Bachelor of Arts in Political Communications from George Washington University.

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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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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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.


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Marya Jones

Artist, Writer, Publisher

Marya Errin Jones is a writer/performer/musician, and founder of ABQ Zine Fest, now in its 8th year. Marya’s zines can be found in the zine collections of Barnard College, University of Iowa, London College of Communications, Tate Modern and UCLA, to name a few. She is a founder and lead curator at The Tannex, an independent, DIY, safer space performance venue in Albuquerque, where she has produced more than 400 community events.

As a young woman, she interned at the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian Institution, and is an early recipient of a Jim Henson Seed Grant. In recent years, Marya was awarded the inaugural Fulcrum Fund Grant, from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, NYC for the creation of zines as an art form. She has established zine collections for galleries and libraries in the US and Europe.

Alicia Kirson

Alicia Kirson

Recruiter and Entrepreneur

Alicia Kirson is the co-founder of Top Talent, a recruiting and search firm. She is a native New Mexican who has a great fondness for her community. When she’s not glued to her phone and computer screen, she spends her time reading and volunteering with local organizations, including the  organizing team for 1 Million Cups.

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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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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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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.


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Erin Miller

Erin Miller

Founder & Film Maker

Out There Productions

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Erin started her own production company that specialized in making promotional videos for startups and small businesses. Erin also produces short films like "No Nuts," (now streaming on Amazon Prime), and . SXSW 2020 Selection "Zoe and Hanh" (on Vimeo). She values diverse representation on and off set, sharing friends' films, and honest expression of self.


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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.​


Alex Neuman

Alex Neuman

Learning Designer & Co-founder

Colearn and Explore Change Partners

Alex Neuman is an experienced learning designer, trainer and facilitator. He is a co-founder of Colearn and Explore Change Partners as well as former Head of Learning Design at Hyper Island. He is the co-author of the Hyper Island Toolbox and has helped lead programs for organizations including Google, IKEA, Spotify, Greenpeace, Adidas, Condé Nast, Swedish Institute and more. Alex has also worked extensively with the Peace Education charity CISV International building curriculum and leading training around the world.


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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.


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.


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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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.

Safura Saeed

Safura Saeed

Talent Management Consultant

Safura Saeed has 20 years of private sector, non-profit, and federal experience. She knows how key parts of an organization come together to create or implement great ideas or simple solutions. Her previous roles involved teaching and facilitation, business development and budget, human resources policy and equal employment opportunity, diversity and inclusion, communications and public affairs, auditing and organizational management, program management, and strategic planning. Safura loves the outdoors, traveling the globe, and live performances of comedy, music, and theatre. She earned her BA in Political & Social Thought and Asian Studies from the University of Virginia and her JD from American University.

Pauline Vromans

Pauline Vromans

Trainer & Lecturer

Intercultural Minds

Pauline’s company, Intercultural Minds, provides training, advice and research in intercultural issues, working on developing intercultural competence and intercultural mindsets. She also teaches at the University of Amsterdam.

Pauline is a trilingual interculturalist. Born to Dutch parents, she grew up as an expatriate child in the Canary Islands, Madrid and Switzerland. In the last fifteen years, she has lived and worked/studied in the Netherlands, Mexico, Costa Rica, Australia and the USA.

Previously, Pauline gained business and management experience through her work in her co-owned distribution company, where she worked with suppliers from around the world.


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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, March 11, 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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