Assisterhood launches 2021 program with successful panel + speed mentoring event

Assisterhood launches 2021 program with successful panel + speed mentoring event

Glass ceiling-breaking mentorship program, Assisterhood, is back for its fourth consecutive year in 2021. What started as an initiative to address gender imbalance in the communications industry, has now become a thriving community built on each others’ success.


Assisterhood 2021 recently launched with a successful panel and speed mentoring event, held at max capacity at Publicis Worldwide. Here, Assisterhood introduced a number of new mentors and gave potential mentees valuable face time with what could be their perfect mentoring match.

On offer this year are coveted mentorships with some of Queensland’s most experienced leaders. The 2021 program boasts 22 talented mentors across creative, strategy, marketing, production, media, and digital backgrounds, set to help mentees navigate their careers.

Says Simone Waugh, managing director, Publicis Worldwide and foundation sponsor of Assisterhood: “The program has reached a stage of high demand with always more mentees applying than mentors available, and so our plan is to continue to meet that demand by growing its reach and impact on careers and lives. The next phase for us is identifying corporate partners who want to support this growth.”

And for the first time since its inception in 2018, Assisterhood is encouraging everyone to apply – regardless of gender.

Says Polina Shilenina, Assisterhood co-organiser: “We want to make sure we are now inclusive of everyone who wants to learn to lead by celebrating and embracing difference, and help create a more equitable world.”

Successful applicants will grow their confidence and careers through one-on-one mentoring at their own pace, while anyone can join the Assisterhood community on Facebook and Instagram.

Says Linh Diep, Assisterhood co-founder: “Assisterhood is all about casting a net and bringing as many people up with us as we can. As we continue to grow, so does our community of support for mentors and the next generation’s leaders.”

For those wishing to apply, visit

Applications close midnight Thursday 29 April.


(New) Jude Johannesen – Executive Director Client Partners, Publicis Worldwide

(New) Keisha Leon – Director, Leon Design

(New) Ash Ivory – Head of Product,

(New) Kylie Mcleod – Marketing Campaigns Manager, TAFE Queensland

(New) Gin Poppelwell – Senior Art Director, Khemistry

(New) Ashton Tuckerman – Chief Marketing Officer, Gathar

(New) Camilla Marshall – Head of Marketing, Endeavour Foundation

(Returning) Simone Waugh – Managing Director, Publicis Worldwide

(Returning) Vicki Lee – Head of Broadcast & Content, Publicis Worldwide

(Returning) Alexandra Sundqvist – Executive Digital Director, Publicis Worldwide

(Returning) Tia Queen – Co-founder & Creative Director, Gangplank

(Returning) Karen ‘Zippy’ Hayward – Senior Producer, Prodigious Productions

(Returning) Christine Gannon – Managing Partner, Clemenger BBDO

(Returning) Nicole Hartley – MBA Director & Senior Lecturer/Researcher, UQ

(Returning) Georgia Ball – General Manager, VIVO Group

(Returning) Jessamy Ross – Senior Copywriter & Creative Strategist, Khemistry

(Returning) Priscilla Jeha – Founder, The Together Society

(Returning) Caroline Starecky – Head of Strategy & Innovation, Khemistry

(Returning) Kelly Brightwell – Head of Marketing, Qubik

(Returning) Erin Core – Senior Marketing, Insights & Advertising Strategy Consultant

(Returning) Megan Elliott – Group Business Director, Zenith

(Returning) Kylee Ratz – Group General Manager, Cutting Edge