our 2019 mentors
As the 2018 program drew to a close, we pondered what we wanted Assisterhood to look like in 2019. We knew we wanted to increase, and diversify our panel of mentors – and offer potential mentees powerful and professional mentors with more experience across a wider range of industries. Fortunately, we didn’t have to look far and wide for these new Assisters – with many of them calling Brisbane home. So, this year we’ve recruited 10 stellar Assisterhood mentors plucked from Advertising, Media, Creative, Design and Production powerhouses.
Not only are these Assisters successful in a career sense, but they’re also female-first advocates, passionate about growing, and empowering young women. These women know the power and value a mentor can provide, both professionally and personally.
Without further ado, we’re excited to share this year’s line up with you. No matter what your career interest, there’s a talented and experienced Assister here for you.
Simone is the leading brand strategist in Queensland and the Managing Director of Publicis Worldwide in Brisbane. Her breakthrough thinking is achieved by having extensive experience working for large corporates, government, small business and agencies. Simone’s category experience has breadth and depth across financial services, health, tourism, government agencies, education, not-for-profits and FMCG. Her strategic approach is to put consumers at the centre of all thinking, coupled with creativity to engage, connect and cause desired attitude and behaviour change to happen.
Vicki Lee is a BADC hall-of-famer for a reason: she’s Queensland’s most experienced producer, having spent years in agencies, production companies and post-production in Australia and the UK. Basically, what Vicki doesn’t know about production isn’t worth knowing.
Alex makes the impossible look easy. She’s passionate about guiding clients through digital transformation and ensures that digital is at the core of their business. She’s done this for big-name clients from Europe to the Asia-Pacific.
Susan is a business strategist who just happened to end up on the advertising side of the fence. She makes connections that often otherwise are missed in the effort to strike the balance between commercial interest and what’s right for the customer. Having worked for some of Australia’s best agencies, as well as recently the Director at PwC and General Manager of Marketing for Michael Hill globally, Susan offers a unique insight into business solutions.
Kylee is a highly experienced leader in the film and television industry. With 24 years experience in the field, the last 15 as Group General Manager at Cutting Edge, Kylee is recognised for her focus on building trusted relationships with clients and her 110 strong team of creatives and administrative staff in Australia & Japan.
Danielle is the Co-Founder & CEO of Scrunch, one of Australia's fastest growing, data-driven Influencer Marketing platforms. Scrunch launched in late 2014, and since then has raised $3Million in capital, built a world-class team and launched a global SaaS platform, setting up HQ in Brisbane, Australia. Danielle has a background in fashion design, blogging and enterprise sales. Outside of business, Danielle's heart belongs to travel, coffee and her cat Sanchez.
Tia Queen (@tiarajadequeen) is a brand innovator and strategic thinker. Tia co-founded Gangplank (@studiogangplank) where she works closely with company leaders to invigorate their brand, from the creation of large-scale identity systems to boutique packaging. With a passion to give back to the industry, Tia is also a design educator (@shillington_) and served as Chair on the Australian Graphic Design Association council (@agdagram @agdaqld).
Priscilla has over 20 years experience in the industry with almost half of that spent in London leading integrated, multi-disciplined global teams. She believes in building exceptional client partner teams with a focus on collaboration, innovation and fostering a dynamic, inclusive culture.
Jemma Elder is a Managing Director of Personalised Plates Queensland and KiwiPlates. She has extensive business, sales and marketing experience having previously worked in senior positions with ASX listed companies. In her spare time (when she’s not running after her young sons), Jemma sits on a number of Boards & Advisory Committees that foster entrepreneurial learning & enterprise development.
Megan’s post university years have seen her involved in communications planning across events, media and agency roles in three markets spanning 25 years. Her agency life includes Leeds Media, AIS Media, Starcom and MediaCom, through to her current role as Group Business Director at Zenith Media. Behaviour change planning sits at the core of her experience, having worked will all major levels of Government across Road Safety, the Arts, public transport and major events.
For the past twenty years, Jane has been a creative agency "suit", passionately leading client relationships for well-known agencies in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Jane now leads the marketing team for one of Queensland's most loved brands, Dreamworld. As a founding mentor of The Assisterhood, Jane is deeply passionate about helping guide and support young women through the early stages of their career, along with juggling her two young daughters.