Womentor is a mentorship program for women in graphic design. First launched on International Women's Day 2018, it is an independent initiative founded and run by Mirella Marie, founder and Creative Director of Melbourne-based brand design studio Vertigo.

Womentor offers support and guidance for business and career development by bringing together senior designers with creative directors and design company partners and founders. The program provides the tools and confidence to empower women and women-identifying to take control of their creativity, careers, and future.

While there are many excellent programs available to students, graduates, and junior designers, assistance for women in senior design roles is sorely lacking. Womentor exists to help bridge this gap.


Womentor currently runs once a year, with 6 sessions over 6 months. Sessions are one-on-one and conducted in person, via email and/or Skype.


— Business development

— Career guidance

— Leadership

— Self promotion

A detailed session structure will be provided to mentees upon acceptance into the program.

Please note: Womentor is not an internship program or job network, nor does it provide mentees practical experience in a studio or agency.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in the graphic design industry
  • A strong folio of work featuring 5 recent commercial projects
  • Full commitment to the program
  • A compelling reason to participate
  • A genuine willingness to learn

Key Dates

Applications Open — 8 March 2019

Applications Close — 8 April 2019 at 5 PM (AEST)

Program Starts — 1 May 2019

Program Ends — 31 October 2019

Please do not apply if you cannot commit to the dates and duration of the program.

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We regret that due to the high volume of applications, only successful applicants will be notified. All applications are strictly confidential and only shared with Womentor and its mentors.