Reimagining Mentorship for a New Generation - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/non-HSW)
Recorded On: 10/27/2023
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.
Jessica Pilon, ASLA, PLA
With ten years of experience, Jessica is devoted to working alongside clients/communities, listening to their stories and needs to inform authentic design solutions, and carrying their vision throughout the process. As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, she understands the importance of inclusivity, visibility, and diversity, viewing design and collaboration through an inclusive lens. Drawing on environmental, cultural, and historical contexts, she sculpts unique spaces to support living, healing, playing, and learning across a broad range of project types including public parks and open spaces, playgrounds, streetscapes, mixed-use housing, healthcare, and healing/memory support gardens.
Magdalena Aravena, ASLA, PLA
Founder + Principal
Magdalena Aravena, ASLA, PLA is a Landscape Architect with seven years of experience, and as many years as an engaged volunteer and leader in ASLA. Driven by her experiences as a first-generation immigrant from Chile, she is passionate about exploring the role of designers in improving disadvantaged communities through education, advocacy, and collaborative design. She has recently launched her own design firm, Studio Siembra, in pursuit of realizing this vision of a more just and inclusive practice of Landscape Architecture. She was recently recognized with the 2020 ASLA Outstanding Service Award, as well as the 2021 ASLA Emerging Professional Medal.
Alexander Fenech, ASLA, PLA
Hitchcock Design Group
Providing impactful influence to the professional growth of others, continues to be a staple in Alex's core values. He has consistently increased and leveraged his platform within ASLA to provide support, encouragement, and confidence to his peers at all levels in the industry. Now serving as Trustee of the ASLA Florida Chapter, he is excited for the exponential growth of these opportunities and his network. His role as principal and studio leader of HDG’s Florida office, allows him to focus on his craft executing high-profile projects, while mentoring members of his team and nurturing the next generation of landscape architects.
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