Industry stalwarts join new mentoring platform Mavardo

Industry leaders such as Kath Blackham, Chris Howatson, Katrina Keisler, Dan Monheit, Hannah Spilva and Konrad Spilva are just some of the names that have formed a new mentoring platform, Mavardo.

Co-founders Siobhan Pillai and Ant Mangos have launched the platform, which currently features more than 30 mentors or consultants, to take the awkwardness out of “free coffee” meetings.

“Whether you’re planning your next career move, need to soundboard your strategy or are searching for some inspiration, there’s no comparison to talking it through with a true expert,” said Pillai, a former Isobar director.

A selection of Mavins

As part of the platform, mentors or Mavins, are booked by individuals looking to engage with them for 30 to 60 minutes a session. The platform’s terms and conditions state that if the contents of the session are commercially sensitive, Mavardo can facilitate the signing of a non disclosure agreement provided by the requestor prior to the session, to ensure confidentiality.

Rates vary depending on the Mavin and are currently between $200-$400 per hour. When booking a session with a Mavin, the requestor is asked to provide a brief for the meeting.

Mavin, and LVLY co-founder Hannah Spilva, stated: “I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing people throughout my career, which is a real game-changer. That’s why I love this platform – it allows me to pay it forward to the next generation of leaders and business owners.”

Fellow Mavin and co-founder of new agency Howatson + White, Howatson further explained: “The more we talk, share and learn from each other, the more diverse and rounded our perspectives, ideas and craft.”

The idea behind Mavardo was developed during Melbourne’s extended stage four lockdown in 2020, when virtual calls were at their peak.

Pillai commented: “As the whole world was plunged into disarray, we were seeing an increased need for two key things: firstly, short, consultative engagements to advise on key strategic challenges, as and when needed. Secondly, a better connection between the leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow. Sometimes all anyone needs is a conversation with someone who’s been there before and can point you in the right direction.”

Additional Mavins are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.


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