Ready to take your learnings to the next level?
Mentor 1:1 Meetings are personalized sessions offered by some of our presenters at WITS. For a small fee, attendees can meet with a mentor one-on-one at a time outside of programming hours. Our mentors are experts on a multitude of topics, including (but not limited to!) blog monetization, social media, SEO, budgeting, photography, content creation, editing, fellowship/grant application writing, affiliate marketing, contract negotiation, and more.
Please note that mentor meetings are only available in person and to those who have already registered for WITS Portland.
Meeting signups close at 11:59pm ET on Friday, April 26th.
When are Mentor 1:1 Meetings?
Mentor 1:1 Meetings will take place on the morning of Friday, May 3rd and on the afternoon of Sunday, May 5th.
Where do I go to meet my mentor?
All mentor meetings will be held in Oxford/Somerset, which is on the second floor of the Holiday Inn Portland–By The Bay (our host hotel, where all conference sessions are taking place). Once you’ve registered, all you need to do is show up there at your scheduled time. There will be someone at the door to check you in.
Will I miss anything else at WITS if I schedule a Mentor 1:1 Meeting?
Mentor 1:1 Meetings will not conflict with general conference programming; however, they may overlap with some tours and meetings. We recommend taking a look at the full schedule before selecting a date/time you wish to meet with your mentor. Additionally, the meetings on Friday morning do overlap with our Blogger 101 Day programming, so we recommend booking meetings with mentors on Sunday afternoon if you are attending Blogger 101 Day.
Can I book more than one Mentor 1:1 Meeting?
Yes! You’re absolutely welcome to book meetings with more than one mentor, or book multiple meetings with the same mentor if you really love them. Keep in mind that you will be charged for every meeting you book.
How do I sign up and pay?
Scroll through the list of mentors below. Once you find a mentor who you want to book a meeting with, select the day/time you wish to meet with them and add the meeting to your cart. Please add each meeting to your cart AND CHECK OUT individually (click the cart icon on the top right of your screen). DO NOT add more than one meeting to your cart at a time. All payment (minus transaction fees) will go directly to your mentor. Don’t forget to mark your meeting(s) in your calendar or in Sched! All sales final.
How do I prepare for my Mentor 1:1 Meeting?
This part is up to you! We recommend becoming familiar with your mentor so that you can prepare the top questions and points you'd like to ask them. However, the ball is really in your court. Come with questions about your blog or business, pick their brain about a specific area of expertise, ask them about their own experiences — whatever you need.
Read through each mentor’s skillset to find the one who’s right for your needs.
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Alex has been a full-time blogger and travel influencer since 2011, has published a successful ebook, and runs sold out women's travel retreats! Book a custom, one-on-one mentorship designed to meet your unique goals. With a background in graphic design with a BFA from the prestigious Pratt Institute, a passion for sustainability, and a knack for storytelling and developing an authentic voice, Alex is primed to consult on a number of topics. Want to increase your blog traffic? Want feedback on your blog design or Instagram strategy? Want someone to edit your media kit, product sales page, or other important page? Want to show a captive audience photos of your dog? Book your session with Alex today!
Angie has been a blogger for 13 years and a travel publicist for 15, and she loves sharing her unique perspective from both sides of the fence. If you're interested in learning how to approach brands and destinations, hone your elevator pitch, develop brand messaging or social media strategy, or even if you just want to bounce ideas off someone who's been there before, Angie can help.
This Mentor 1:1 Meeting is for new bloggers who are looking to take their blog to the next level. It can also serve as a supplement to the Blogger 101 Day sessions. In this Mentor 1:1 Meeting, Astrid will cover the nitty gritty of maintaining and growing a professional blog as a new blogger. She will provide ten actionable steps that new bloggers can take to transform their personal travel journal into a valuable online resource. Mentees will learn about the things they can do to start growing their following, securing income for their blog, and making sense of SEO and analytics.
Deidre Mathis has firmly inserted herself into the hospitality and travel industries with the creation of Wanderstay Houston, private and shared accommodations catering to budget conscious travelers. Mathis is the first Black woman to own a hostel in the United States, and she has built a multi-faceted brand that spans over a decade. Deidre can help you with writing your business plan, pitching your business and winning money, turning your passion for traveling into a business, and turning your travels into profit. Schedule a meeting with her to learn how!
Author of The Six-Figure Travel Writing Road Map, Gabi Logan is a journalist, blogger, and entrepreneur who seeks to inspire travelers to experience the world more deeply and travel writers to achieve their dreams in terms of both flexibility and income. She coaches travel writers privately, at her writing retreat in the Catskill Mountains of New York, and in workshops around the world, and runs the Travel Magazine Database with information on how to pitch hundreds of travel magazines. Use your mentoring session to get unstuck in what’s holding you back from achieving your dream travel writing income and lifestyle! In this one-on-one meeting, you’ll troubleshoot questions that you have about how to go about pitching magazines, getting blogging clients, and balancing travel writing and travel (especially if you’ve got another job in the mix). You and Gabi can workshop travel magazine article pitches together or speak at a more high-level about what has and hasn’t worked for you in the past and how to grow your income moving forward using best practices that have worked for thousands of other travel writers Gabi has worked with in one-on-one and small group settings.
During this session Glory, will provide her expert advise on how to market to Muslim travelers. This rapidly accelerating yet relatively untapped market provides immense business opportunities and lucrative, new revenue streams for the travel industry. In order to tap into the fast growing Muslim travel sector, it is crucial to understand the specific needs of Muslim travelers and tailor products and services that respect their religious and cultural beliefs. The Muslim travel sector is booming due to business beginning to adapt their services and products to cater to the Muslim travelers. By offering Muslim friendly services, blog post, and videos, and by better serving the Muslim traveler, you can become the preferred choice amongst this entire market sector. Not to mention you'll gain loyal audience that will spread the word and ultimately increase your revenue and followers. Book time to chat with Glory. With the Muslim tourism market expected to reach an estimated $300 Billion by 2026, opportunities in the tourism industry is endless.
Want to stand out in the media? Explore why it's important to know the who, what, and "why" of your brand. Learn the expert tips on working with the media from an experienced travel journalist. Jeannette Ceja is a travel host, travel journalist, travel expert, and a global public speaker. Her work includes interviews with countless celebrities, athletes, politicians, and travel experts including: Anthony Bourdain, Samantha Brown, Pauline Frommer, and Rick Steves. She combined her love for travel and media into an internationally recognized brand known as Jet Set with Jeannette. She's worked with mentors for TV hosting, public speaking, and writing over the years. Now, she's become the go-to travel expert for high-profile clients and media outlets around the world.
After 20 years in the industry, Jeannine loves to review blogs and make suggestions to improve results from affiliate marketing. This includes merchant recommendations and approval techniques, compliance reviews, and sales optimization. Jeannine will also share strategies to secure special deals with merchants, ranging from sponsored posts to commission bumps to exclusive coupon codes.
Ready to write your first book? Jen Ruiz is a #1 Amazon bestseller, Readers’ Favorite Award winner and TEDx speaker that will teach you how to go from idea to self-published author in 90 days or less. Jen can help you brainstorm topics, develop a writing schedule and marketing timeline, identify categories on Amazon where your book would perform well, assess covers in your niche to find common trends, target high-traffic keywords to put in your title and description, craft a plan to get glowing reviews and leverage your work to gain press, speaking opportunities and authority in your space.
Jessie Festa is a full-time travel blogger and blog coach who monetizes her website in a variety of ways. She can help you develop a list-building/email marketing strategy, brand your blog and define your audience, craft a content plan that converts, understand how to grow your income using affiliate marketing, make money using Facebook Ads, create products your audience will actually buy, and land paid press trips and brand campaigns. Additionally, if you're unsure of what you should be working on now or next, Jessie can work with you to create an overall game plan for your blog so you know what you should be focusing on to create a profitable business.
One-on-one mentoring for bloggers interested in family travel and homeschooling on the road. Karen will address branding tips, talk about social media strategies, provide content tips and planning, share tips on how to grow your brand, and share information on how to create an active Facebook group and community from the ground up like she did.
Leticia Bar offers a wide range of consulting services to influencer marketing professionals. She provides website and social media audits, creation of media kits, advice for pitching and connecting with brands, and help crafting speaker proposals. Leticia has been blogging since 2008, has collaborated with brands you know and love like Google, YouTube, Turkish Airlines, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, and was recognized by the Obama Administration as one of 100 most influential travel bloggers and digital media outlets in the US. Book a time to sit down with Leticia for a chance to pick her brain about how you can take your blog to the next level, what you really need in your media kit, and how to pitch brands to build relationships to get the work you're dreaming of.
In this mentoring session, travel hacker and podcast host Lisette Austin (AKA Jet Set Lisette) will offer tips on successfully launching a podcast – from conception to publishing your first episode (and beyond). She can help brainstorm podcast ideas, discuss launch strategies, talk about resources to get you started, and answer any questions that you have about the process. Lisette is the host of the Nav.it podcast (women navigating finances, travel, and life), and the Globetrotter Lounge podcast (interviews with women who have found creative ways to travel more).
Martinique Lewis is offering media kit creation and execution for all travel influencers and bloggers looking to secure partnerships with brands and tourism boards. Landing a brand partnership can strengthen your personal brand and launch your career as an influencer into its next phase. So ask yourself: Are you prepared? Learn and create with Marty as we take your brand to the level you desire with your media kit!
Megan is a social media, content marketing, and community building rockstar. She's been behind the insanely rapid community growth of numerous startups, eCommerce brands, and more in the travel space and beyond. She can help you to streamline your approach, develop a strategy from the ground up, look critically at everything you're currently doing, and help to give you that nonjudgemental, open and honest feedback you need to take your brand/business/blog/social media channel to the next level!
Emmy® Award-winning travel host and executive producer Mickela Mallozzi is offering one-on-one mentoring sessions that may cover everything from TV hosting, pitching for series, producing your own show on public television, brand building, overall distribution, partnerships, and more. Mickela's 9+ years of building and curating her niche travel brand, Bare Feet, brings extensive industry experience to the table – being an entrepreneur is about wearing many hats, and that's exactly what she does. This is your opportunity to pick her brain!
Sign up for a one-on-one mentor session with travel show host Monica Ortega of Monica Goes. Whether you're looking for help creating and promoting travel videos, advice for on-camera confidence, or an expert to audit your branding and help grow your social media presence, Monica does it all. With years of experience as the producer and host of her own travel show, as well as a partner at J & J Co. Brand Management, she'll take this hour to help teach you how to take your own brand to the next level.
Global Elective helps travelers and students apply for competitive fellowships and scholarships and funding opportunities that will help get you out in the world, and add a competitive edge to your resume. We will identify the main fellowships / scholarships / opportunities that align with your work and goals, discuss eligibility, and how to craft the strongest application for these unique opportunities. Mentees will leave with dozens of opportunities to review, at least three opportunities to apply for, and clear and distinct guidance on how to get your application noticed by committees for competitive opportunities as well as smaller travel grants and travel initiatives.
Nicky Omohundro is an established entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and social media manager. She has over five years of experience working with diverse brands and destinations, developing social media strategy, freelance writing for destination websites, and coordinating influencer events. She is the writer behind LittleFamilyAdventure.com, a family lifestyle and travel blog dedicated to getting families out to leave “No Child Left Inside”. Nicky was the recipient of the Oklahoma City CVB “Hometown Hero Award” (2018) and is the co-founder of a local organization for travel professionals in Oklahoma City. Sit down with her to gain advice on branding, content creation, pitching, SEO strategies, social media best practices, working with brands, or other topics that you’ve always wished you could ask about.
Land speaking gigs and travel the world! Becoming an expert and getting on stage is easier than you think – especially, if you want to travel the world. In this one-on-one power session, you will walk away with a customized plan to find events, conferences, and companies that are looking for your skills to present on stage. Additionally, learn quick tips on where to search for opportunities, how to stay organized, and ways to pitch so event coordinators say yes instantly. Bring your laptop, smart phone, and notebook because you will be able to take action immediately! Phylecia Jones is a Budgetologist and Motivational Speaker who stumbled upon a way to travel through speaking. Within three short years, she established her authority as a money expert and has presented to over 75+ events in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom on platforms such as TEDx, NPR, iTHEMES, and NBC.
Pippa is offering customized one-on-one meetings designed to meet the unique needs of each participant. A successful writer and soon-to-be author, Pippa can provide expert advice and practical guidance on subjects including (but not limited to): how to craft a compelling pitch, how to take your writing to the next level, how to start your book proposal, and how to find an agent. An expert on the issue of voluntourism and the future of ethical and sustainable tourism, Pippa can also advise on how to build an ethical brand and write about communities in an affirming way. Finally, Pippa is also available for manuscript critiques of up to 4000 words (can be multiple pieces). If you would like to schedule a critique, you will be required to submit your piece at least one week before your session. Feedback will include a one-hour conversation about the work(s), mark-ups on the manuscript(s), and a written response.
There are incredible opportunities to expand your brand through podcasting. This one-on-one session with Reyna Walters-Morgan is your chance to discuss those opportunities! Whether you want to start your own podcast or stand out as a podcast guest, this session can help you map out a personalized plan for success. Reyna started her first podcast in 2014 and since that time has helped countless others navigate the world of podcasting.
Robin will be on hand to answer questions about developing your skills and distinctive voice as a writer, strategies for editing your own work, how to craft a book proposal, SEO writing, and how to create productive writer-editor relationships. She will also offer advice on how to cross-promote (not cross-post) on your social channels, and how to develop an e-mail program that encourages subscriber loyalty and increases revenue.
Samantha Nelson, a professional tourism photographer, will review travel photos taken by the mentee. Mentees will receive strategies on how to improve images as well as techniques for future travel shots. This is the time to ask all the travel photography questions one may have!
During her mentoring meetings, Sue will be happy to talk about anything from starting your business/blog to building your brand and finding your target audience. Sue's 25+ years of experience as a corporate marketing manager make her an ideal teacher and mentor. She has worked with brands large and small to build strong consumer connections. Her expertise in integrated marketing, digital advertising, social media, and brand-building have helped hundreds of students and business owners alike grow their business knowledge.
Valerie has successfully built two travel sites to over 50,000 monthly visitors through a combination of content strategy and search engine optimization (SEO). If you want to discuss choosing a niche, designing a smart content strategy, or SEO, an hour with Valerie will leave you with a healthy but ambitious to-do list and inspiration to make your travel site goals happen in 2019 and beyond.