Mentor Program

At No Extra Cost to ALL of our current Members, ILEA-NCC offers a Mentorship Program!!

As a Mentor or Mentee, our Mentorship program offers the opportunity to build a new friendship, a relationship with an industry profressional, a partnership with someone to both learn and grow from over time.

ILEA’s mission is to promote “creativity, inspiration, teamwork, education & relationships” between all of it’s members. The Mentorship program provides you the opportunity to experience each of these qualities, while also furthering your career, business and personal network within the Bay Area.


Heather Lyn Tell
(in black - Mentor)

“Shortly after becoming the Mentorship Chair I began calling the mentees and mentors who applied to be part of our mentorship program.  During my conversation with Heather Rogers, I quickly found myself connecting with her on so many levels, personally and professionally. I was able to identify with her needs to grow professionally.  I started giving suggestions about getting started and what to focus on first.  When she asked me if I thought about becoming a mentor and specifically her mentor, I jumped at the chance to become a mentor to Heather.  She also recognizes opportunities to support me and I appreciate that.  Our mode of communication has made our working together a success. We just work!”

Heather Rogers
(in Red - Mentee)

“I was on the fence for a year before joining ILEA. My excitement about the mentorship program was what tipped the scales and inspired me to join this membership. In my mentor, Heather Tell, I feel like I have ‘struck gold’! I couldn’t imagine a more ideal fit for my business needs and (personality). sensibility... My 'Achilles Heel' is Focus. The 17 years that I have been running a business as a full-time Magician and Speaker have been quite difficult as ADHD and PTSD have presented a challenge with day-to-day business management. Heather totally gets me. When anxiety or overwhelm arise, she turns into zen master of elegant navigation toward to goal. Her kindness and business savvy have brought to me great hope and forward momentum. My mentor, Heather Tell is one of the greatest gifts in my life. I am so grateful to ILEA and grateful to Heather for taking on the Mentorship Program and breathing new life into one of the greatest opportunities at ILEA!"



As a busy event professional I’m sure you are wondering if you even have enough time available to fully commit to such a program. That is why the monthly commitment is only two hours per month. This is easily enough time for you to seriously benefit from being either a mentor or mentee. Regardless of who you choose to be paired with, you will find the one-on-one discussion & support invaluable to your business moving forward. You can work on the phone or in person- whatever you both feel is best.

Some of the great benefits both mentors & mentees receive by participating in this program are:

  • The opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone & grow as a person while in a supportive environment.
  • Stronger local personal connections & grow your business network (the reason most of us join & pay for ILEA membership)
  • Help each other work through problems & learn what works from our peers
  • Feel great by giving back to the community


Is This For Me?

We encourage all of our ILEA-NCC members to participate in this program, and we especially encourage more Mentors to step-up and participate. You may feel like you are not the right person to be a Mentor or you don’t have enough experience.  But, if you have worked for over 3 years full-time in the events industry then you are the right person & you have valuable experience to share. Take this opportunity to grow and evolve by mentoring a willing newcomer to the industry.


Simply click on the following links if you would like to apply to join this free mentorship program as a mentor or as a mentee.  You will be taken to a short sign-up form that will allow us match you with your perfect partner.


  • 3 month commitment
  • 2 hours per month (calls or in-person meetings)
    • Required to introduce your mentee to your ILEA network at a minimum of (1) ILEA Event
    • (1/2) Day shadow opportunity
    • Suggested topics to for the mentor to cover with their mentee:
      • Marketing & sales (social media, proposal creation, networking, getting referrals)
      • Business admin, How you organize your business (Outlook, Googledocs, Quickbooks etc)
      • Business growth hacks (useful software, SOPs, growing your team)
      • Business advice specific to the Bay Area
      • Tailoring your resume and cover letter
      • Mindset
  • Feedback your experience to the Mentorship Committee 


Mentor Fields of Expertise

  • Special Event Facility
  • Event Planner
  • Catering/Beverage
  • Entertainment
  • Decorating/Props/Scenery
  • Equipment/Rentals
  • Hotels
  • Photographer
  • Entrepreneur/Small Business Owner
  • Other



Can I apply to be a Mentor & a Mentee?

  • Definitely.  If you have the time to commit to both then this is highly encouraged.

Still have questions?  Contact Heather Tell for more information.


Apply to be a Mentor.
Apply to be a Mentee.