Mentorship 101


Have you ever wanted a mentor or wanted to be a mentor? Then this event is for you!

Join YNPN San Diego for Mentoring 101 and hear from a panel of nonprofit professionals. We'll discuss what mentoring is, what it's not, the different aspects of mentoring, and how to cultivate great mentorship relationships! Come meet and learn from a panel of talented and inspiring speakers who hold deep and diverse experiences in mentorship.


Jen Nation

Jen Nation currently serves as the Executive Director of Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center, a nonprofit in National City, CA on an 8-acre outdoor classroom which inspires youth and adults to be healthy and active through organic gardening, environmental stewardship, and nutrition education. Jen is a visionary leader who has over 25-years’ experience in the nonprofit field developing strategic relationships, connecting people to causes they care about, advocating for health equity, environmental justice and rights for women and girls. Jen is the co-chair of the mentorship committee for Women Give San Diego and in her free time enjoys any and all outdoor activities, gardening, and visiting the local farmers market. Jen holds a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s of recreation management from University of Northern Iowa.


Tinesia Conwright

Devoted community leader within the nonprofit and for-profit industries, Tinesia Conwright is a Nonprofit Executive, Career Development Specialist, Certified Myers-Briggs (MBTI) Practitioner, DISC Assessment Certified Coach and Board Certified Coach. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University and her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management & Leadership from the University of San Diego. Tinesia specializes in leveraging community resources, partnerships, and employment options for underserved youth and families. She launched the Jumpstart Your Career Youth Program at the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) which provides job-readiness and career training to unemployed Opportunity Youth (aged 18-24) living in households receiving federal Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance from SDHC or are public housing residents. Since 2015 over 650 youth have been served.

Passionate about nurturing the growth of girls and developing them into our future leaders of tomorrow, Tinesia launched her nonprofit, Depositing Empowerment Through Outreach & Urban Redevelopment (DETOUR). The organization provides three youth development programs: The Focused And Naturally Confident Youth (F.A.N.C.Y.) Teen Girls Expo, Leadership Academy, and Scholarship Program which have empowered over 1,000 girls since 2009. DETOUR teaches and mentors teen girls of color in grades 6 - 12 to be themselves by exploring their self-identity, building confidence, participating in career exploration/employment, volunteering/service-based learning and completing a college education.

She currently serves as the Youth Workforce Development Program Manager for the San Diego Housing Commission and the Executive Director for DETOUR ( She also serves on the following boards; the City of SD Human Relations Commission, the San Diego Police Department Chief’s LGBT Advisory Board, the SD Urban League Young Professionals, and the SDSU African-American Alumni Association.


Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith was appointed to the City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture in 2012, also serving on the Board of Directors for United Way of San Diego from 2011-2020. Her professional experience includes career coaching at Qualcomm, recruitment for Eastridge Workforce Solutions, communications for High Tech High, and executive leadership at San Diego Workforce Partnership. She is presently Career Services Director at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Rebecca won the 2016 honor, "Women Who Mean Business," awarded by the San Diego Business Journal. She is a LEAD San Diego graduate, with a Master of Education, specializing in career management and human resources, from University of San Diego. Rebecca and her husband, Jimmy, live in Mission Hills, and their son, Ezra, graduated from the Naval Academy this year!

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All are invited to join us for this virtual opportunity to meet and network with members of some of San Diego’s most dynamic young professional development organizations.

September 22, 2021 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Virtual Event
San Diego, CA
United States
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Leslie Willis Sabrina Johnson Lauren Hough Leah Firebaugh Angelica Angeles Maura Connolly Theresa Cunningham Lauren Kominkiewicz Elizabeth Vaughan Charlene Obana Meaghan Harrigan caitlyn benjamin Angelica Esparza Hannah Tackett Alyssa Woodard Stephanie Rosas Sharoll Damron Reuben Herzl Stephanie Cook Kathryn Salazar Linnea Lagerstrom

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