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Applications open: Assisterhood's 2024 program expands overseas


In an exciting expansion and with a fresh new look, mentors from Aotearoa and wider Australia will join VIC, NSW and QLD programs in 2024. 

Assisterhood is the communications industry’s leading mentorship program across for underrepresented communications professionals.


Aspiring mentees outside the program’s existing capital cities and across the ditch will be able to apply for the Online program.


After identifying a gap in the market back in 2018, Assisterhood founder Linh Diep says of the program’s growth, “Expanding makes so much sense. No matter where you live, everyone deserves to be able to access Assisterhood, and we’ll continue to build on this year on year. The calibre of mentors this year is second to none.”


Now in the program’s seventh year, mentees have the opportunity to learn from industry leaders in a six month mentorship that values quality over quantity. Past mentees include Colleen Gao – Head of Askable UK, Anais Read – 30 Under 30 Grand Prix winner, Tish Jenkins – Assistant Accountant at Focus Features, Kayla Malss – Head of Agency at Allies Management and Clare Farrugia – Performance Director at Hatched.


The recent Info Night was a success; with 200+ attendees and special guests including mentor and mentee pairings Souad Saied and Vicky Stewardson in NSW, and Jessamy Ross and Claire Bass in QLD who spoke about their experience in the program, while Assisterhood COO Polina Shilenina and NSW State Lead, Charlotte Goodsir shared insights into the intricate application process.


Attendees also gained early access to applications. 


Says Shilenina, “I’m so excited about making Assisterhood accessible to people all over Australia and Aotearoa. Our Online mentors are all exceptional – and this is just the beginning!” 


Assisterhood strongly encourages people of all backgrounds and identities to apply for the 2024 program. The application process takes approximately 20 minutes.




Applications open: 9.00am AEDT, Thursday 28 March 2024

Applications close: 11.59pm AEDT, Tuesday 16 April 2024


Online Mentors: 


Haylie Craig – Creative Director, Colenso NZ 

Elena del Villar – Senior UX designer, The Brand Agency, WA

Katie Moon – Creative Director and Founder, Moonhaus

Chelsea Sietses – Senior Art Director, Ogilvy NZ

Jenny Travers – Group Account Director, Ogilvy NZ 

VIC Mentors:


Amber Bonney – Founder, Executive Director - Creative & Strategy 

Dan Chapman – Managing Partner, Ogilvy Melbourne 

Rebecca Den Braber – General Manager, Hatched Media 

Shyaire Ganglani – Associate Creative Director, Ogilvy 

Olivia Gatt – Associate Creative Director, Scooter

Katrina Khao – Head Brand Thinker, Thinkerbell 

Nomfundo Msomi – Executive Strategy Director, CHEP Network 

Jasmine Parisram – Design Superwoman, Pricing Queen

Jordan Smith – Group Business Director, PHD 


Mirella Arapian – Founder & Creative Director, MEK STUDIO 

Nancy Bugeja – Managing Director of HM Group 

Yasha Chandra – Client Partner, iProspect 

Sheridan Devereux – General Manager, HBK Agency

Stefanie DiGianvincenzo – Creative Strategist, Meta  

Ella Keddie – Senior Client Partner (Retail, Finance & Government), Snapchat 

Michila Macleod – National Sales and Partnerships Director, Broadsheet Media 

Naomi Mulholland – Producer, Cloudberry Films 

Dr Marion Piper – Creativity Coach & Copywriter, Marion Piper Creative

Virginia Sculley – Head of People & Culture, Hatched

NSW Mentors:


Mehnaaz Ahmed – Senior Brand Strategist, Uberbrand

Lisa Aitken – Brand and Growth Consultant

Rebecca Chan – Marketing Manager, Arnotts

Alicia Doumanis – Industry Lead, TikTok

Samantha Heckendorf – Head of Brand, Tourism Australia


Penny Brown – Head of Production, The Monkeys part of Accenture Song

Olivia Chen – Creative Director, Studio Chenchen

Carolyn Cho – Client Partner, INNOCEAN Australia

Niall Hughes – Group Account Director, Icon Agency

Feryx Hui Ming Lim – Creative Copywriter, Paper Moose

Maddie Marsh – Client Services, Meta

Tamara McCann – Head of Traditional Media Agencies, Google

Souad Saied – Managing Director, HERO

Hannah Sturrock – National Head of Engagement, Advertising Council Australia

Bronwyn van der Merwe – VP of Design, Culture Amp

Lea Walker – Founder, Mrs Walker Talent Consultancy

Renata Yannoulis – Senior Strategist, TBWA/Australia

Trang Young – Digital Marketing Expert and Change Leader

QLD Mentors: 


Liz Ballantyne –Director of Strategy & Growth, Media Mortar

Kell Darling – General Manager, Flip

Isabelle Debnam – Head of Marketing (AU, NZ & US), Tes

Jennifer Garner – Senior Vice President, Sales Operations (APJ), CitrusAd

Carissa Jackson – Associate Creative Director, Publicis Worldwide

Belinda Lloyd – WID Award Winner, Founder Marketing Consultancy, SheCodes Mentor

Natalie Mitchell – Senior Broadcast & Content Producer, Publicis

Samantha Shah – CMO, Raging Bull Consulting 

Hannah Statham – CEO & Founder,Media Mortar

Alicent Wong – Account Director, Excite Media


Georgia Ball – Director, SoPost

Kelly Brightwell – Strategy Director, Khemistry

Clare Dlugosz – Group Director Tech and Transformation EssenceMediaCom

Christine Gannon – Managing Partner, CHE Proximity

Megan Henderson – Global Brand Experience Leader, Flight Centre

Keisha Leon – Director, Cause/Affect

Kate Lippett – Chief Client Officer, Publicis Groupe

Ash Ivory – Chief Product Officer, Ivory Common

Laura Jiew – Marketing and Events Advisor, CSIRO

Camilla (Gautam) Marshall – General Manager, Marketing, Endeavour Foundation

Pamela Okada – Marketing & Fundraising, Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS)

Kylee Ratz – Group General Manager, Cutting Edge

Jessamy Ross – Senior Copywriter at VML & QLD AWARD School Head

Emmagness Ruzvidzo – Marketing Strategist, Coach and Trainer | Podcaster

Amber Snow – Managing Director, Rehaula

Caroline Starecky – Founder, Caroline Starecky

Lisa Summer-Hayes – Director, Audiences and Visitor Experience, Queensland Ballet

Lieve Torbeyns – Founder/Creative Director, Sgt Purple

Ashton Tuckerman – CMO | Marketing Leader | UQ MBA Candidate

Sara Tweedly – Chief Marketing Officer, Canstar

2024 Assisterhood Squad:

Founder + CEO + VIC Lead – Linh Diep, Account Director at Ogilvy

COO + Online Lead – Polina Shilenina, Digital Director at Publicis Worldwide 

NSW Lead – Charlotte Goodsir, Marketing Strategist at TikTok

QLD Lead + Creative Lead (Art) – Elle Whittaker, Art Director at Publicis Worldwide

Creative Lead (Copy) – Anais Read, Copywriter at Ogilvy

VIC Squad:

Caitlin Alcock

Isabelle Beaupré

Tyler Cicerale

Anoushka Praveen

Anais Read

Sarah Vanderschoot


NSW Squad: 

Rebecca Chan

Rosalinde Czysnok

Charlotte Goodsir

Sophie Gallager

Vicky Stewardson


QLD Squad:

Molly Atkinson

Liz Ballantyne

Claire Bass

Maddie Cristaldi

Isabelle Debnam

Bryony Hardy

Peatrice Koutsis

Elle Whittaker

Online Squad:

Elise Le-Galloudec

Polina Shilenina


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