Alex Fenech Hitchcock Design Group Tamarac, Florida
After several generations of the mentorship paradigm remaining mostly unchanged, this panel breaks down its definition and identifies where it falls short for a new generation of designers. We will discuss the importance of taking the mentor out of mentorship, and seeking empowerment, awareness, and confidence individually and collectively.
Explore the conventional model of mentorship—unpack the ways this model works, who it leaves out, and why it’s necessary to move beyond this to create more equitable connections.
Take the “mentor” out of mentorship and identify the different “-ships” that may exist, the benefits of each, and how you may be able to find your own.
Taking ownership of your path and “-ships.” Discuss ways to authentically pursue personal and interpersonal growth.
Shift the paradigm from competition to collaboration by identifying the challenges of the competitive mindset we are trained in, and examine the opportunities presented when we lean more heavily into collaboration.