A new cross-industry, free and inclusive mentoring initiative for young people working across Creative, Media, Consulting, Marketing, Publishing and Technology.
In partnership with Youngbloods.
Why this matters
We are an industry with a heavy skew toward young people faced with increased pressure and exposure, alongside the effects of a longer deliverables, shorter deadlines, fewer resources, smaller budgets, "evolve or die" culture.
Research we conducted revealed:
96% of industry under 30yrs don’t have access to mentors or a mentoring program independent of their organisation.
There is a real need for objective and honest advice on the difficult to discuss topics from those who had experienced it or can give a breadth of industry perspective.
The top four things young people are finding the most challenging being:
Negotiating pay rises and promotions,
Maintaining boundaries and saying no,
Mental stress and anxiety,
Managing workload and burnout.
What it is
The Trenches is as much about experience sharing as advice giving. Hearing about other people’s experiences and challenges can be a catalyst for change in yourself. Seeing how leaders have gone through similar situations removes the stigma of guilt, failure or inertia, empowering positive action.
In a nutshell:
One-on-one mentoring sessions with up to 5 leaders over a 6 month period.
Be it general career advice or progression, navigating politics or real personal struggles, nothing is off-limits.
A way to support and develop the next-gen culture of our industry.
Who it's for
Primarily, anyone under 30 in media, creative, marketing, consulting or technology industry.
Frankly, anyone over 30 and you feel you want this too by all means.
Anyone feeling they need support or objective advice, be it professional, intellectual or emotional.
*While we wish to support everyone it is based on capacity requirements, so jump in quick.
Transformation, Insight and Innovation, Optus
GM Marketing & Distribution, World Nomads
CSO / Founder, Mutiny
Founder/MD, Coffee Cocoa Gunpowder
National Strategy Director, Bohemia
Head of Performance Agencies, Google
Chief Marketing Officer, PASS Technology Group
Small Medium Business Strategy,
Holiday Club Manager, Camp Australia
Head of Brand and Strategy, Westpac
Director, CMO Advisory, PwC
QLD Sales Director,
Chief Strategy Officer, VMLY&R
Head of Strategy,
Brand Solution Strategist, Google
Chief Media Officer, CHE Proximity
Carly Du Toit
Marketing & Communications Manager, ACRF
Group Account Director, BMF
Executive Strategy Director, RGA
Managing Director, Wavemaker
Group Director of Marketing, Val Morgan
Senior Marketing Manager, Audible
Partner & Co-Founder, Banter
Director of Marketing, Sofitel
GM & Marketing Director, Unilever
Global Marketing Director
Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy,
Chief Operating Officer, RevTech Media
Founder & Managing Director, Holy Cow Creative
Head of Brand and Communications, Vodafone
Editor and Researcher, Fanbloodytastic
Founder, Nanna's Little Secret
Manager, CMO Advisory, PwC
Head of Marketing, Baiada
Founder, The Tall Planner
Director, Res Publica
General Manager, Resolution Media
Head of Talent Management,
Paul Everson, Marketing and Advertising Executive
Founder, The Sister Consulting
Head of Brand Partnerships, VIRTUE
Agency Director, Ikon
Marketing & Communications Manager, Montblanc
Lucio Riberio AI
Executive Coach, Director, Red Nose
Founder & Chief Energist, Energx
Brand Strategy Lead
Amy Lee Hopkins
Head of Marketing
Anglicare Southern Queensland
Want to become a mentee?
After a big reception we are closed for Round One. If you are interested in being a please fill out the form and we will add you to our list for the future.