WHEN: Saturday , November 19, 2016, from 9:00am - 12:00pm
LOCATION: CBS Radford Studio Lot
4024 Radford Ave., Studio City, CA 91604

Join AWM SoCal for our most popular event - Speed Mentoring! The event will be held on the CBS Radford Lot in Studio City, CA.

Focus on Publishing – including journalism, photo journalism, magazines, graphic novels, comic books, books, photography, and digital content.

Parking: Main Gate B on Radford Ave

Due to security at CBS, the last day to register is Wednesday, November 16th at 5pm.

Speed Mentoring is modeled after the speed-dating concept where industry professionals serve as mentors to give valuable career advice to mentees through 5 minutes one-on-one conversations. This setting is ideal for both students and young professionals who may be established or exploring a career change. It’s all about meeting people, making connections and helping each other. 

All men and women, ages and career levels are welcome. 

This event sells out very quickly. Click here to buy your ticket now! 

Online registration closes on Thursday, Nov. 17th at 9am.

Details: Mentors and mentees will be seated at tables. A five-minute stop watch will mark the time and when the bell rings, mentees will move down the line to the next mentor. It's fun and a great way to meet a lot of people.

Light breakfast will be served. Space is limited. This event sells out every year. 

Thank you to our Sponsor:

Black Chateau Enterprises

*Confirmed Mentors

Jillian Crab

Jillian Crab currently works in comics as a Production Designer at BOOM! Studios in Los Angeles. Graduating from the CSUN Multimedia program in 2011, she also has a background in television production and web design.

Desiree Duffy

Desireé Duffy is a marketer, writer, and public relations expert. She is the Founder and CEO of Black Château Enterprises, a boutique publishing and marketing company.  She’s also the Vice President of Operations for R6S, a digital marketing agency in Los Angeles.


Elena Epstein

Elena Epstein is L.A. Parent’s Director of Content and Strategic Partnerships, working closely with experts in the community to bring readers the best information on education, pediatric health and the latest in child development. L.A. Parent, a monthly magazine, is distributed at more than 2,000 locations.

Matt Hamilton

Matt Hamilton is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times.  Hamilton grew up in Delaware and studied Catholic theology at Boston College. Before completing a degree in journalism at the University of Southern California, he edited magazines in Amman, Jordan.

Laura Nelson

Laura J. Nelson is a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, where she covers Southern California transportation issues. She grew up in suburban Kansas City and graduated from USC.

James Poulos

James Poulos is a columnist for The Week and The Daily Beast, and writes for Foreign Policy and National Affairs. He is the author of seven books.


Liesl Wilke

Liesl Wilke is an award-winning author of novels and short stories. She also writes television dramas and splits her time between Seattle and L.A.


Monona Wali

Monona Wali is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and filmmaker. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing at Santa Monica College and Antioch University and volunteers with Inside Out Writers, an organization that offers writing classes for incarcerated youth.

Tom White

Tom White, editor of Documentary magazine, the internationally circulated publication of the International Documentary Association (IDA). White also writes for media arts publications,  Point of View, Variety International Film Guide, The Hollywood Reporter, The Independent Film & Video Monthly, indieWIRE and Release Print. 

Kate Jonez

Kate Jonez is the chief editor at Omnium Gatherum a multiple award nominated press dedicated to publishing unique dark fantasy. A dark fantasy and horror author, Jonez has twice been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award ® and once for the Shirley Jackson Award.

Linda Slade

Linda Slade has written six books on vocal training ('The Easy Voice Book Series').  She is also an established actor, director and producer for television and theatre. She is a highly trained voice specialist and has coached politicians, business executives and major celebrities in performance and public speaking.

Kristen Weber

After over a decade as an in-house editor at two major publishing houses in New York City, Kristen Weber now works as a freelance editor in Los Angeles. She has helped hundreds of authors publish successfully.  Kristen earned her MS in Publishing from Pace University and is the co-founder of Shelf Pleasure, an online destination for women who love to read.

Mike Robinson

A member of that apparently rarest of species (the native of Los Angeles), Mike Robinson has been writing for 28 years, and professionally for about a dozen. He is the author of eight books, and works as a freelance manuscript editor as well as a screenwriter-producer with 5Rainbow Productions.

Rich Samuels

Rich Samuels is an Emmy Award-winning producer of promotional, educational and news programming. In the last several years, he's written three young adult novels, and is currently developing Virtual Reality experiences for several clients.

Terry Martinez

Terry Martinez is CEO and Publisher of California Apparel News, the leading weekly apparel industry news (print and online) featuring insiders' view of the fashion business with perspectives on manufacturers, designers, retailers, and consumers. Ms. Martinez leads a management staff with combined experience of more than a century in publishing and the apparel and related industries.

Jennifer Ortega

Jennifer Ortega is a contributing entertainment reporter, film and television reviewer and writer for Red Carpet Report TV.  She is currently working on a sizzle reel for a screenplay that she wrote.

Stephanie Piche

Stephanie is the founder and Executive Producer of Panic Afterwards Productions, Mingle Media TV Network (MMTVN), an online media and digital entertainment company, Publisher of the Red Carpet Report, an interactive media digital entertainment destination featuring entertainment news, celebrity interviews along with Movie and Television news. 

Cali Gilbert

Cali Gilbert is an international bestselling author, award winning photographer and social entrepreneur. A former athlete and magazine publisher, Cali now supports women in transition share their transformational stories through her company, Serendipity Publishing House.

Steven Paul Leiva

A refugee from Hollywood (producer on Space Jam) , Steven Paul Leiva has published six novels in various genres and one book of essays since 2003. His work has received praise from literary and entertainment greats including literary legend Ray Bradbury, NY Times bestselling author Diane Ackerman, Oscar-winning producer Richard Zanuck and actor Joe Mantegna. 

Daria Linvill

Daria Linvill is a Sr. Account Executive at the Los Angeles Times specializing in digital native advertising. She previously oversaw digital ideation on the Client Solutions team for Los Angeles Times and Tribune Publishing and prior to that was the manager of integrated marketing at Clear Channel Radio. 

Angelique Pivoine

Angelique Pivoine is a published writer, artist, and quoted expert on Goodcall, HuffingtonPost, NFIB, and other outlets. She worked with literary publisher RedHenPress and award-winning marketing firm RipeOrange. Angelique is the co-owner of LAWorkingHeadshots and founder of GoodThinkingAgency, a career and marketing consultation firm for creative professionals and small businesses.

Sarah Vance-Tompkins

Sarah Vance-Tompkins received an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California. She has worked in feature film development for Lightstorm Entertainment, The Ladd Company and USA Films. She is an active member of the Romance Writers of America. Her debut Young Adult novella, KISSES ON A PAPER AIRPLANE, was released through Inkspell Publishing in May 2016. 

Jeanette DePatie

Jeanette DePatie is a writer, producer, professional techsplainer and founder of publishing company Real Big Books.  Jeanette has learned to navigate the waters of independent book publishing with her best selling book, "The Fat Chick Works Out!"

Kristyn Burtt

Kristyn Burtt is currently an entertainment correspondent for SheKnows Entertainment and the West Coast correspondent for Dance Network. She appears weekly on The Tom Barnard Podcast in Minneapolis, MetroNews Hotline in West Virginia, Totally Driven Radio in Philadelphia dishing the latest in Hollywood news and entertainment.

Katy Hasty 

Katie Hasty has worked in entertainment journalism for more than a dozen years over both coasts, and is currently serving as deputy entertainment editor at BuzzFeed News in Los Angeles. In years prior, the Northwestern University was employed at Billboard, HitFix, and NPR flagship KCRW in varying roles, including reporter, manager, editor, critic, and cat-wrangling.

Newton Lee

Newton Lee is editor-in-chief of ACM Computers in Entertainment, book curator for Springer Nature, adjunct professor at Woodbury University, and president of the Institute for Education, Research & Scholarships with a book publishing imprint. As of 2016, he is the author of eight interdisciplinary academic books published by Springer Science+Business Media.

Deborah Shadovitz

Deborah Shadovitz penned books including ClarisWorks for Dummies and the award-winning Adobe GoLive Bible before moving from books to magazines, then to websites which granted her freedom to travel. She builds and maintains her own TalesOfTravelAndTech.com to document her travels.

Marcela Toledo

Marcela Toledo is a Mexican journalist with more than 22 years of experience. She is also a playwright and holds an MFA in Writing for TV, Film and Theatre from CSULA.

Bobbie Chase

Bobbie Chase is the Vice President of Talent Development at DC Entertainment, finding and training new artists and writers for DC Comics. She is a former Editor-in-Chief at Marvel Comics, and a former children’s book editor. 

Lisette Azar

Lisette Azar is currently the Senior Manager Photography, CBS All Access Originals, CBS TV Studios.

A CSUN Alum, she graduated with her Bachelors in Cinema Television Arts, Screenwriting while simultaneously studying Photo Journalism. A photo internship led to a career in photo publicity, having worked at various CBS divisions as well as FX Networks for the past eleven years.

Joe Ranoia

Joe Ranoia has written for newspapers and magazines and creative arts such as stage plays (his MFA is in playwriting), screenplays and now comic books.  He's had a few adventures along the way, as you can imagine, and has lots of fun stories to share.

* Mentors added as they confirm. Continue to check back for updates.
* Mentors not guaranteed. Cancellations may occur. 

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