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National Mentoring Month: sharing lessons learned.

Our thought leader:

Katie DeGennaro
Katie DeGennaro
Associate Creative Director, Copy

At JK, we truly believe that learning from one another and growing together is key to success—as individuals and as an agency. So in honor of National Mentoring Month, we asked JKers to share what they’ve learned from their own mentors. Keep reading for some great advice from some great people.


Martha Marchesi



Chris Milan

Director of Branding & Messaging


Chris Batten

Director of Business Development


Courtney Balzer

Director of Account Services


Christopher Holewski

Associate Creative Director


Katie DeGennaro

Senior Copywriter


Hannah DuPont

Digital Marketing Specialist


Chloe Orr

Account Coordinator

What is the best advice you’ve gotten from a mentor?

Martha: That a lack of experience should never mean a lack of confidence. Believe in yourself and your talent, right from the start!

Chris M.: When you make a mistake, just take a deep breath and keep going. That’s how we learn—and no one will notice it as much as you do!

Chris B.: My dad was my main source of inspiration and mentorship in business development. He always went by the motto “Selling Is Fun! Be smart, be cool and the good clients will come.” 

Courtney: When you focus on the problems, you’ll have more problems. When you focus on the possibilities, you’ll have more opportunities. 

Christopher: Go crazy—in other words, give your work every ounce of energy you have.

Katie: Figure out what you’re good at—then use that talent to fill a need for your company, manager, or team. That place where your interests overlap with your value will be your sweet spot for success. 

Hannah: There is nothing more important than your attitude. Always stay positive and see the positive in any situation, because casting a negative shadow only darkens the situation. 

Chloe: Always speak up and always make sure you feel your voice is heard. No matter if your role is big or small, everyone deserves a voice in the room.

What does mentorship mean to you?

Martha: A supportive guide who offers experience, wisdom, counsel to help you achieve your dreams and your goals.

Chris M.: Mentorship is about being a supportive coach and setting a great example.

Chris B.: I use my Dad’s motto “Be smart, be cool and the good clients will come.” every day in my approach to sales at JK. We are a smart and fun group…and it’s my job to share that energy with the world.

Courtney: Mentorship is a two way street. It allows for personal growth for the mentor while allowing the mentee to achieve their personal dream / goals. The mentors who have impacted my career continue to do so years later, it’s a true professional journey that we are on together. 

Christopher: Educating and inspiring others to do their best work.

Katie: To me, mentorship means listening to the person’s goals, ambitions, and problems. It means encouraging them as they try new things and continue to grow. And it means challenging them to do and be their best—even when it’s tough.

Hannah: Someone who shows you the way to be a better version of yourself. 

Chloe: A mentor should be a support system, an advocate, and a voice to help.

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