Mentoring Program

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The mission of the Women In Film Foundation Mentoring Program is to nurture emerging female and male talent in the entertainment industry by connecting WIF members with established professionals who can offer advice and guidance.  Mentees get the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the entertainment industry’s business practices and culture, focus their efforts and hone skills.

We feel strongly that mentoring is a crucial part of our mission, and that it is incumbent upon us to ensure that new generations of women in the film, television and new media business are able to take advantage of the experiences of those who have gone before them.




The goal of the WIF Mentoring Circles is to establish a safe and open environment to discuss issues relating to career objectives. Mentors and Mentees are expected to maintain mutual respect, honesty and confidentiality at all times.

Mentees will be assigned to groups of eight who will meet with two mentors, each of whom has significant experience in the entertainment industry.  Mentors and mentees will be grouped randomly to ensure a cross-disciplinary focus for each group.

Mentees will have six two--hour group meetings with Mentors within a twelve-month period. Dates and locations will be determined solely by Mentors. It is the responsibility of the mentee to be available to attend meetings.


The Speed Mentoring event gives 20 selected WIF Members the opportunity to speak one-on-one with 20 highly qualified women in the industry for seven minutes each.


The Women In Film Foundation proudly announces  WIF Mentors for 2013:

Chevonne O’Shaughnessy - President, Mission Pictures International/American Cinema International
Cindy Bond – President, Mission Pictures International, producer
Ivy Kagan Bierman – Partner, Loeb&Loeb - entertainment attorney
Paula Silver – Founder, Beyond the Box - feature film marketing and development
Naketha Mattocks – Head of Development, Larger Than Life Productions
Hillary Bibicoff – Partner, Greenberg-Glusker - entertainment attorney
Ilene Kahn Powers – Emmy®-award winning producer, head of Kahn Power Pictures
Cathleen Summers - Producer
Pamela Rodi – Founder/Creative Director, Rodi Marketing – film marketing and publicity
Susan Cartsonis – Producer, President, Storefront Pictures
Tamara Rawitt -  Emmy®-award winning producer, “In Living Color”
Rena Ronson –  Co-Head, Independent Film Group, UTA
Sarah Jackson – personal manager
Shelby Stone – Producer, Shelby Stone Productions

The WIF Foundation Mentorship Committee
Chevonne O’Shaunessy (President, Mission Pictures International and American Cinema International)
Marion Rosenberg ( The Marion Rosenberg Company, manager/ producer)

Pat Quinn (Partner/Manager, Quinn Media)
Ivy Kagan Bierman (Partner, Loeb&Loeb)
Lillah McCarthy (SVP Original Programming, TNT/TBS)
Nina Nisenholtz (President, N2N Entertainment)
Cathleen Summers (Producer)
Tamara Rawitt (Emmy®-Award winning producer, “In Living Color”)
Deborah Miller (Talent Manager, Shelter Entertainment Group)
Cindy Bond (President, Mission Pictures International)
Kathy Fields Lander (Actress, Producer, In Your Dreams Productions)

Read about our October 29, 2012 "Speed Mentoring" Event HERE and at IndiWire.

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