A Talk on Mentorship with Ram Castillo – Design Sidekicks 2016

This year, as a part of Design Sidekicks, AIGA Jacksonville is proud to present Ram Castillo! Ram will be giving a 40 minute keynote presentation followed by a 20 minute Q&A session from the audience and book signing afterwards. 

November 4, 2016 @7:30PM (social hour starts at 6:30PM!)

A Cultural Institute of UNF
333 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Students: $25
Members: $30
Non-Members: $35

  • FREE copy of Ram's book with entry!
  • If you are a Design Sidekick you receive FREE ENTRY! Sign up here!
  • If you are a mentor to a Sidekick, you will receive a promo code giving you $15 entry for you and one other person!


We all know success leaves clues. Because of this, it’s important for emerging designers to have mentors and established designers too – in order to continually be fulfilled.

The truth is you’re going to get there. You’re going to meet those goals and tick those boxes… regardless of this event. The question is... how fast? Will it take you two months? two years? Maybe even twenty?

Many designers are taking the long route to their professional and personal goals. Ram certainly did, once upon a time... he was overwhelmed, did the wrong things in the wrong order and burnt time and energy re-inventing the wheel. If it wasn’t for his mentors, he would have kept guessing and may not have survived the design industry's rapidly changing conditions.

So stop guessing and start getting. This is your opportunity to find your compass. Multiple compasses. People, that can help guide you on your journey ahead. Ram invites you to cut the guess work, see the blind spots and succeed faster with a mentor.

He will take you through 12 key action steps to finding a mentor and deconstruct the clutter associated to this pursuit. His new book on this topic is endorsed by many creative and design industry heavyweights including Chase Jarvis (Founder and CEO, CreativeLive), Ben Fullerton (Design Director, Nike+), Kevin Lee (Global Head of Design, VISA) and Nelson Kunkel (National Creative Director, Deloitte Digital).

If this topic genuinely sounds like something you’d be interested in, then we’ll see you with Ram Castillo; award winning Design Director, Author, top-ranking Podcaster (Giant Thinkers) and CreativeLive instructor – at the event!

This talk will help you:

•  Better understand why you need a mentor

•  Cultivate your value offering to prospective mentors

•  Gather then curate the specific mentors in line with your goals

•  Make contact with and create rapport with your prospects

•  Navigate your way in the mentor–mentee relationship

•  Plus, be part of the live Q&A.

Ram Castillo's bio:

Ram is an award winning Design Director, Blogger, top-ranking Podcaster, Speaker, CreativeLive.com Instructor and Author of two internationally acclaimed books;'How to get a job as a designer, guaranteed' and 'How to get a mentor as a designer, guaranteed'. He's based in Sydney, Australia and in 2012, started the blog (and now also a podcast) GiantThinkers.com which helps thousands of design students and graduates be employed. Ram has since been featured in Communication Arts, HOW magazine, Herman Miller, AIGA.org and Apple.
When & Where
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
Museum Of Contemporary Art Jacksonville
333 North Laura Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202