Our Mentors

As a student, you will be paired with a mentor who is fully invested in your success as a leader. Your relationship with your mentor is one of the most valuable resources that the program has to offer. This will be the first step in creating a meaningful, professional connection with someone who has years of experience to share. Whether you need someone to bounce ideas off of or provide hindsight from their own failures and successes, your mentor will become an invaluable asset.

The program provides all the tools and resources you need to foster a working relationship with your mentor, but you will be encouraged to take the lead on interaction. Mentors are strategically paired with students to foster the most productive working relationship possible. Your mentor will be your figurative (or literal) shoulder to cry on, and will cheer you on every step of the way. Having a team of world-class instructors and a program mentor devoted to helping you reach your career goals, is just one reason why students have found such huge success upon program completion.

Current Mentors Include:

Anthony Bollotta
Partner, TEAMNet & President, Bollotta Entertainment
Wendy Burk
CEO, Candence Travel
Clara Carter, CDMP
President/Owner, Multi-Cultural Convention Services Network


Stephanie Dathe
Director of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, SDSU
Janet Devaney
Director of Rooms, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club and Spa
Adam Edelman
Director of Operations, Hyatt Regency Orange County


Kristen Elgo
Sales, Marketing at The Allstar Group
Maggie Espinosa
Travel Journalist and Author
Brad Gessner
Contract Consultant, North American Convention Centers at Official ASM Global


Annette Gregg, CMM, MBA
Sr. Vice President of Experience, Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
Lindsay Grosz, CMP
Director of Meetings & Events, Dynamic Events Worldwide
Victoria Johnson, CMP, CMM
Global Manager, Meeting Services & Sourcing, Underwriters Laboratories


Tracy Judge, MS, CMP
Founder & Chief Connector, Soundings Connect
Ann Marie Kimble
Portfolio Revenue Manager, IHG
Mary King, CMP
Sr. Director of Operations, Meetings and Incentives, Cadence


Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM
Master Life Strategist, Life Lived Strategically with Christy Lamagna
Vince LaRuffa
Sr. Vice President of Resort Marketing, Universal Orlando Resort
Victoria Rice
Tasting Room Manager, Wilson Creek Winery


Erin Scholes, CMP, CESEP, CMM
President, SD Meetings & Events
Rob Spooner
Chief Human Resources Officer, Strategic Operational & Organization Leadership Experience
Brenda Silva
Community Services Director, City of Poway


Linda Wells
Program Development Manager, National University
Carl Winston
Director, L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality



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