Is This Circle For You?

Is this Circle right for you?  If so, make sure you meet the criteria that the mentor has defined.  Then, complete your mentorship profile if you have not already done so, and return to our Mentor Circles Application page, make your selection and click 'apply'.

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Level Up Your Networking

Are you looking to grow your professional network, but you don’t know where to start? Does the thought of making small talk at an event make you want to run back home and lock the door? Do you feel like you just don’t know how to talk about yourself and share your awesomeness with the world? Then this circle might be for you.

It’s no secret that building and maintaining relationships is a vital part of working in this industry. But understanding exactly how to do that can be confusing at best and frustrating at worst. In this circle, we will do a deep dive into understanding how to find, build, and grow professional relationships. We’ll talk about how to talk about ourselves. We’ll learn how to be of service to others (even when we aren’t sure what we have to offer). And we’ll walk through a series of actual network-building exercises so that by the time the circle is over, you’ll have some new connections and a game plan for future ones.

Mentee Criteria

Criteria / Experience Level:

Entry Level (1-2 yrs of experience)

Early Career (3-5 yrs of experience)

Meeting Times & Dates

Please note: Meeting times and dates are subject to change by your Circle Mentor

Times Per Month:  Twice

Day:  Sundays

Meeting Times:  Afternoons PST

Circle Leader

Aydrea Walden

A former newspaper reporter, Aydrea Walden is currently a Writer on iCarly, and has also written on animated shows for Disney, Amazon, and Mattel. While working with Mattel, she wrote the viral short “Barbie and Nikki Discuss Racism.”

Previously, Aydrea worked as a Development Executive for Peacock Kids, was the host of the 2020 and 2021 Nebula Awards, and created the Webby-nominated series Black Girl in a Big Dress. She also has extensive experience working in animation production management, starting in 2D television animation at Nickelodeon and Disney, and then moving into CG features at Dreamworks Animation where she worked on Croods, Home, Trolls, and How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Title/Expertise:  Writer

Company:  Nickelodeon

Location:  Los Angeles