COMM Career Forum 2023: Meet the Mentors!

The Communication Career Forum will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2023.

Register today!

Gain career advice and network with some of the nation's leading communication professionals. Sign up for small group mentoring sessions with public affairs specialists, media producers, journalists, health communicators, marketers, and more! 


Meet the 2023 Mentors:

You can find the 2023 Mentoring Schedule on the Registration Page.


Room 1 (JC ROOM A): Media Production 

 Rob Hargreaves, Business Operations and Strategy-Discovery Communications

 Laura Wainman, Digital Director= WUSA-TV (WUSA9)


Room 2 (JC ROOM B): Journalism

Marcella Robertson, Anchor/Reporter-WUSA9


Andrea Cambron, Supervising Producer/Editor-CNN

Jack Speer, News Anchor-NPR

Room 3 (JC ROOM C): Public Relations

Tatiana Peralta, Communications Manager-National Crime Prevention Council

Susan Roth, President & CEO-Roth PR 

Todd Irons, Sage Communications 

Room 4 (JC ROOM D): Crisis Communications 

Jereon Brown, Senior Communications Advisor, Office of Communications, FDIC & Former Deputy Asst. Secretary of Public Affairs at HUD; involved in managing comms for Silicon Valley Bank Crisis, HUD hurricanes/tornados 

Dan Foster, Senior Vice President, Counterpoint Strategies 

Susana Castillo, Communications Director for the Government of the District of Columbia at Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser

Room 5 (JC ROOM E): Political Communications

 Ariel Brown, Chief of Staff for Public Affairs-Capital One

 Matt Williams, Senior Vice President-Precision Strategies

Tom Sherwood, Political Analyst WAMU 88.5 FM Politics Hour: WAMU Radio: Tom Sherwood (Guest Host)

Room 6 (JC ROOM F): Workshop: Creating a LinkedIn Profile That Will Get You Noticed 

Mike Atkinson, PR Account Director-Sage Communications

According to LinkedIn, 61 million people use the platform to search for jobs weekly, and eight people are hired every minute on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is one of the most effective tools for establishing connections with peers and colleagues in your field. These connections will prove invaluable when progressing through a career, whether for job seeking or as professional paths cross over time. In this session, Mike Atkinson, Account Director at Sage Communications, will share how to build a professional profile, best practices for standing out on the platform, and ways to increase the chance of a connection request getting accepted and growing your network.  


Room 7 (JC ROOM G): Workshop: Resumes & Rockstars: Jumpstart Your Communications Career

Meredith Mirrington, Managing Director-PR Talent 

We all know that a well written and formatted resume is your ticket for entrance into any potential employer. But, what does good look like when it comes to summarizing your career experience when you are just getting started on your career journey? Join PR Talent Managing Director, Meredith Mirrington, to learn how to best cross your t’s and dot your i’s on your early career resume. Plus, come with questions about how to approach your job search and what’s happening across the communications industry for young practitioners.