One Month Mentors for International Women’s Day
Championing togetherness and sisterhood has always been important to us at Clarks. So, to honour International Women’s Day 2022, our One Month Mentor programme with The Elephant Room continued – this time with a focus on supporting women and non-binary creatives.
Ten powerful, prominent women and non-binary leaders within the creative industry (including a couple from our very own team) were paired with aspiring mentees looking for their break. Through talks, events and one-to-one conversations, the mentors shared knowledge on how to make your creative dreams a reality and #BreakTheBias around gender.
“It is such a humbling experience to be supported and guided by a woman who is a leader in her industry.”
Hi, I’m Aroosa. I have a social media marketing and copywriting background.
I’m at a crossroads in my life and in need of some direction and guidance. I went into this hoping that a mentorship would give me the tools to build my own brand and become a better social media marketer and copywriter.
Definitely, The Elephant Room team have been phenomenal. They were always willing to help and I can see that they genuinely care about the participants and our development. I honestly cannot thank them enough.
My mentor has also been a great support. It is such a humbling experience to be supported and guided by a woman who is a leader in her industry. I’ve picked up so many gems over the past month and can honestly say I feel more confident in achieving my goals.
I’m Ellie, and I am a third-year graphic communications student about to make a break into the events industry.
I get inspired by my surroundings - colour, cultural art, illustrations, social media, psychology. Everything around us has been created or designed, and everything around us can teach us something. I have a love for bold, bright colours and patterns.
My name is Joana Lopes Fialho, I’m a 20-year-old creative director and content creator. I’d describe my work as creative, comforting and challenging.
No one is born knowing everything. No matter how inspired or talented you think you are, there are always people around you to be inspired by and learn from. Being mentored is important to me because I want to learn from other’s experiences, thoughts and feelings.
I'm Nazneen, and I'm working to establish my career in the digital advertising industry.
Nope... It's remarkable at how thorough and well thought out the entire programme was. Every single webinar and workshop allowed the mentees to build connections and learn first-hand from incredible people across the world. I'm enormously grateful to be part of a cohort of talent thanks to The Elephant Room and Clarks.
My name is Elsie Ayotunde Cullen and I’m a 26-year-old multi-faceted creative. I’m the community manager at GUAP Magazine, a media platform that nurtures emerging creatives. I’m also in the final year of my Masters at The London School of Economics where I’m studying Health and International Development.
Meaningful creative change.
I'm Sara Tonelli, I'm 20, and I'm from a really small town near Florence, in Italy. I moved to London almost 2 years ago for University. I'm now a first-year undergraduate studying Creative and Cultural industries, with a specialization in Art Direction.
Pushing out boundaries.
My name is Zosia, I'm a Polish, London-based graphic designer, currently developing my own, independent freelance practice.
I think it's especially important to have support at the beginning of a career, to fill the gap in this weird moment after finishing University and trying to find my way into the industry. For me, that was the hardest year of my life, as I moved to a different country and looked for my first real job here. It's also about putting my emotions into many recruitment processes, having to make difficult decisions and learning how to do it. Having a mentor helps to keep going and feel supported in this journey.
My name is Cherise, I am an artist, illustrator and co-owner of homeware company Rugs ‘n’ Harmony. I graduated from University with a BA hons in Social Work. I’m hoping to create a charity that focuses on aiding mental health within the Black community through the arts.
My inspiration for creativity has a lot to do with my mental health and my journey of healing but also having a positive impact on others through my work. It’s about me getting my thoughts and feeling out. When I am in a creative space I feel a sense of safety, something I haven’t felt for many years of my life but would love to continue feeling. My creativity keeps me sane and grounded.
Secondly, my culture and community also inspire my creativity, from the clothes that we wear to the music that we listen to and the joy we bring to each other.
My name is Tessa. I am a music industry executive from Dublin, Ireland. I’m a passionate non-binary all-rounder, dedicated to A&R, artist management, music partnerships and co-founding a record label and management company.
My inspiration for creativity comes from music, fashion, art, the creatives I surround myself with, innovation and authenticity.
My proudest moment so far has to be the day I decided to go all in, quitting my job with no plan B and dedicating myself to creating my own lane. Multiple opportunities have been given to me since I made that choice. I’m grateful for my resilience and persistence.