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About the Program

Children’s Media Association (CMA) is the nonprofit community that connects the dots across all corners of the children’s industry. As makers, thinkers, and innovators, we believe that by learning and playing together, we strengthen ourselves, our community, and content for kids. With chapters in New York, LA, and San Francisco, and virtual members around the world, CMA is building the future of our industry.

In keeping with CMA’s mission of “Connecting the dots in the kids’ industry,” CMA is thrilled to launch its very first mentorship program dedicated to further helping our members lead, innovate, and shape the future of children’s media! Through this offering, CMA hopes to foster greater connection and opportunity within its membership community as well as in the larger children’s media industry, especially during these times and into the future.

The CMA Mentorship Program…

  • Aims to help mentees establish meaningful professional relationships with outstanding children’s media professionals, helping them to grow in their careers and achieve their long-term goals.
  • Encourages reciprocal mentorship where it is understood that both mentors and mentees have something invaluable to offer one another regardless if they are an established professional, just beginning their career in children’s media, or anywhere in between.
  • Seeks to help diversify the industry by formalizing the process of sharing our community’s wealth of experience with those who can benefit from it, especially those who have not historically been afforded such resources, and thereby bringing more diverse voices to children’s media. Mentoring programs boost promotion and retention rates among women and underrepresented groups from 15% to 38%, and increase minority representation at the management level from 9% to 24.

CMA Mentors 2021

Check out all of our wonderful mentors with expertise across the spectrum of the children’s media industry:

Abigail Adams Homer Director of Product

Greg Alkalay
batteryPOP CEO and Founder

Donald Anderson
CEO and Founder

Livia Beasley
Pixel & Pebble
Chief Pebble Skipper
CMA Founder

Chloe Bostian
FuseFX Compositor

Betsy Bozdech
Executive Editor Common Sense Media

Marc Cantone
Nickelodeon Executive Producer

Michael Coughlin
Walt Disney Television Animation Line Producer

Alan Foreman
Nickelodeon Animation
Supervising Producer

Danny Friedman
Magicco Writer

Jordana Gilman
The Pineapple Lounge
Associate Director

Daniel Gonzales
Pixar Animation

Holly Gregory

Children’s Media Creator and Executive

Haley Hoffman
9 Story Media Group Associate Producer and Writer

David Kleeman
Dubit Ltd. SVP Global Trends

Amy Kraft
Director of Development and Children’s Programming 

Melinda LaRose

Television Writer

Jeffrey Lesser
Jet Laser Productions
Founder and President

Olivia Levenson
Global Tinker
Creative Producer & Content Producer

Anne Lund
PBS Kids
Senior Director, Content and Curriculum

Suzanne Masri
Fred Rogers Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Engagement

Lynne McVeigh
Assoc. Professor of TV, Sound, and Children’s Media

Bennett Nestok
Bennett Creative, Creative Scavenger

Kevin O’Connor
O’Connor Literary Agency

Olubunmi Mia Olufemi
Fred Rogers Productions
Supervising Producer

Alyson Piekarsky 
9 Story Media Group Staff Writer

Alex Post Miller
MarcoPolo Learning Head of Research & Innovation

Kim Powers
9 Story Media Group Producer

Laurie Rabin


Anne Richards
Pinna Executive Producer

Amelia Robinson
Mil’s Trills Founder

Nick Rodriguez

Freelance Television Writer and Script Coordinator 

Kelly Sheehan
Age of Learning Associate Director, User Research

Stephanie Sosa
Producer, Writer and Content Creator

Amy Strauss
Bleacher Report Animation Associate Producer

Sarah Wallendjack
9 Story Media Group
VP of Production and Development

Janella Watson
Children’s Media and Educational Strategist

Jennifer Wells
Director of Production

Laura Zimmerman
Child Development and Media Researcher

Partner Organization

Program Schedule

  • Mentor Application Period: closed Monday, 6/7/21
  • Mentee Application Period: closed Friday, 6/25/21
  • The CMA Mentorship Program Informational Event: 7/21/21 at 8pm EST/5pm PST via Zoom (register online)
  • Matching Period: Monday, 6/28 – Friday, 7/9/21
  • Match Week: Week of 7/6/20
  • Mentorship Program Starts/Orientation Week: Monday, 7/21/21
  • Mentorship Program Ends: January 2022

The CMA Mentorship Committee

Gilhiesa Kerece Smith,  Co-Chair
Alexandra Post Miller, Co-Chair

Karen Martin, Director of Membership, CMA National

Coordinators: Shemeka Foster, Angel Cardamone, Brittany Huber

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