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Mentor Events

The ACE GNY Mentor Committee organizes events for mentors to network and share best practices for a successful ACE season, as well as professional development and mentor recognition events. Click here to view their calendar of events, or see below for upcoming events.

Professional Development Breakfast - "Sustainability Within the Design and Construction Industry"

Date: December 7, 2022

Location: Jaros Baum & Bolles Office, 80 Pine St.

Time: 8:00am

Each season, the ACE GNY Mentor Committee organizes events for the 550+ Mentors involved in ACE GNY to come together, network, and participate in industry conversations. We are thrilled to invite ACE GNY Mentors to the first session in our Professional Development Breakfast series on December 7, 2022 at JB&B from 8:00-9:00am!

This session will focus on Sustainability Within the Design and Construction Industry. During this session, we will be joined by 3 industry experts who will speak on sustainability in the industry, including new local laws and updates to the building and energy codes.

The conversation will be led by Jesse Chrismer, Principal, McLaren Engineering (Professional Development Chair on the Mentor Committee and Team Leader of Team 17). The speakers for this event will be:

  • Ryan Hughes, Sustainability Manager, Structure Tone (ACE GNY Mentor – Team 1)
  • Tanya Luthi, Vice President, Entuitive
  • Brian McKinney, Senior Associate, JB&B

This event is open to ACE GNY Mentors; please note you must RSVP by 12PM Monday, December 5 to be placed on the security list and attend this ticketed event.  Email Tatiana at to RSVP.

There will also be time for mentors to network – light bites and coffee will be served.

Another Professional Development Breakfast event is planned for March 2023. We look forward to seeing all ACE GNY mentors at this great discussion and all our future events for mentors!

Mentor Committee Meeting - Open Session

Date: January 19, 2023

Time: 6:00PM

The next open Mentor Committee meeting will be on Thursday, January 19th from 6:00 – 7:00PM at Stantec’s office (475 5th Ave). This meeting will be open to ALL ACE GNY mentors. In-person attendance is highly encouraged!


Please RSVP at this link for both in-person and virtual attendance. A calendar invite will be shared that includes the meeting link for remote attendees once you RSVP.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Tatiana (

Past Events

November Mentor Committee Meeting [Hybrid]

Date: November 17, 2022

Location: Email Tatiana Kotlove to RSVP and for the location

Time: 6:00 - 7:30pm

Mentors are the heart of ACE GNY and we strive to support you as best we can. The Mentor Committee is an important part of that effort; the goal of the committee is to help liaise between our expansive mentor base and the ACE GNY staff and Board of Directors, as well as promote the professional growth of our mentors. We would like to invite you to join the Mentor Committee to continue to strengthen this cause!

The first Mentor Committee meeting this year will be on Thursday, November 17th from 6:00 – 7:30PM in Midtown Manhattan. This meeting will be an open meeting, hosted in a hybrid format. The 2022-2023 Mentor Committee Leadership Council elections will take place at this meeting. The following positions will be up for election:

  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary
  • Professional Development Chair
  • Communications Chair
  • Mentor Liaison Chair
  • Social Chair
  • 6 Individual Mentor Committee Members at large

Note: The Chair position is currently held by Christopher Scotti, from Stantec, and is not up for election. Chris formally held the Vice Chair role and was voted in as Chair at the end of the previous program year. Additionally, mentors who held Leadership Council positions last year, are welcome to voice interest in holding the same position, or another Leadership Council position, this year.

To review the detailed responsibilities for each Leadership Council position, as well as share your interest in being considered for a Leadership Council role, please click here. Please also visit the link to RSVP (even if you are not planning to submit your name for nomination).

All submissions must be received by Thursday, November 10th. Mentors who wish to be considered for the Leadership Council are expected to be present at the November 17th meeting.

To RSVP, email Tatiana Kotlove at

Remote Team Registration Fair

Date: October 19, 2022

Location: Zoom

Time: 4:30-6:00pm

Join us at the Remote Team Registration Fair to meet all the 2022-2023 ACE GNY Teams and decide which team you want to join!

Leading up to the fair, we will share a PDF of all available teams and their link for the Team Registration Fair. Make note of the teams you are interested in learning more about. On the day of the fair, the links will be live and you will be able to speak with mentors and learn about those teams. After the fair, we will send out a Google Form for you to select your team.

If students cannot attend the fair, we will continue to promote all available teams via email and students can select their team through the Google Form.

Gensler Presents: Education and the BIPOC Experience

Date: April 26, 2022

Location: Zoom

Time: 5:30-6:30pm

All ACE GNY Mentors are invited to join us for a presentation and discussion led by Sara Silvestri and the team at Gensler on “Education and the BIPOC Experience.”

Mid-Year Team Leader Meeting

Date: January 24, 2022

Location: Zoom link to be shared

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Join us for the Mid-Year Team Leader Meeting to discuss final presentations, scholarships, and completing a successful ACE GNY program year! Details to be sent to Team Leaders in early January.

Team leaders are welcome to join us after the meeting for two optional breakout rooms.

2021 Team Leader Meeting

Date: October 7, 2021

Location: Zoom link to be shared

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

ACE GNY welcomes all Team Leaders to the kickoff meeting to begin the 2021-22 season! Team Leaders will learn about new protocols, guidelines, and updates for the upcoming season. Mentors will participate in breakout sessions to discuss student engagement tips and best practices. Meeting is mandatory for all team leaders, new and existing!

ACE GNY Mentor Ball

Date: July 22, 2021

Location: SpatialChat

Time: 5:00-6:30pm

ACE GNY Mentors joined us on the new platform SpatialChat to celebrate the end of a success season, hear remarks from John Pierce, Chairperson of ACE GNY, play trivia, win raffles, and find out the 2021 ACE GNY Mentor of the Year! Thank you to all who attended!

ACE GNY Mid-Year Team Leader Meeting

Date: January 25, 2021

Location: Zoom

Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm

Meeting with all ACE Mentor Program of Greater NY Team Leaders. We will be sharing resources and tips to prepare for final presentations during our mid-year team leader meeting.

We will share and review:
  • The 3 models of presentations
  • Program checklist
  • Best practices and tips to prepare
  • Breakout sessions and more

All Team Leaders are required to attend.  If you are unable to attend, please designate a mentor from your team to attend in your place.

Team Leader Kickoff Meeting

Date: September 30, 2020

Location: Zoom

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Meeting with all ACE Mentor Program of Greater NY Team Leaders to kick-off the 2020-2021 season! ACE GNY Staff will review logistical program details, policies and procedures, important dates, and discuss transition to virtual sessions. All Team Leaders are required to attend.


ACE Mentor Ball

Date: July 23, 2020

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

The 2020 virtual ACE Ball was a unique celebration that recognized the dedication of our mentors and celebrated the successes of this past season. Ben Miller of Gilbane Building Company, was named the 2020 ACE GNY Mentor of the Year. We highlighted our mentors and their firms, and shared some sweet memories of teams and students from this year. 


Student Engagement Webinar Part 2

Date: March 16, 2020

Location: GoTo Meeting

Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm

On Monday 3/16, we held our second Student Engagement Webinar. Led by a NYC DOE Teacher, this webinar will provided tips on virtual learning, engaging shy / overwhelmed  students, inspiring independent learning outside of ACE sessions, lesson planning, time management skills and more. 

To view the webinar recording, please click here.

Mentor Professional Development Event-A Case Study on Manhattan's New Far West Side

Date: February 24, 2020

Location: 1 Manhattan West, 53rd Floor, New York, NY 10001

Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm

How to Enable Success on a Mega-Project, a Case Study of Manhattan’s New Far West Side.

While each of our industry’s projects aim to improve a property, Mega-Projects aim to transform entire neighborhoods. Recently these mega-projects have sprouted up in many neighborhoods throughout NYC. None have been more influential on the city than the development of Manhattan’s New Far West Side. Starting at Penn Station and moving west to the Hudson River, new construction, enabled by the 2005 rezoning, would dwarf the entire downtown areas of most global cities. The development is the largest in NYC since Rockefeller Center. Major projects include (but are by no means limited to): Manhattan West, Hudson Yards, The Moynihan Train Hall, The 7 Line Extension, The Javits Center Expansion, and The Spiral. Our diverse set of speakers have been integral to the development of this area and will offer their insights into how this massive undertaking has been so successful.

Panelists Include:

Henry Caso, Vice President at Brookfield Properties

Michael Stern, Partner and Managing Director of Schlaich Bergermann Partner’s North American operations.

Andrew Werner, Senior Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF).


Jesse Chrismer, Senior Associate at McLaren Engineering. Mentor Professional Development Chair and ACE GNY Team Leader-Team 17

Seats are limited. Please inform your Team Leader if you are interested in attending and you will receive a calendar invitation as confirmation.

Mid-Year Team Leader Meeting

Date: January 27, 2020

Location: Gensler - 1700 Broadway Ste 400, New York, NY 10019

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

The mid-year Team Leader meeting focused on the ACE GNY Scholarship, preparation for final presentations in May and student retention. Team Leaders had the opportunity to break out into small group discussions to review best practices and share tips on final presentations. Team Leaders also brought a “deputy” to the  meeting (someone that will hopefully take your place as a Team Leader in the event you leave).

January Mentor Meet Up

Date: January 21, 2020

Location: Draught 55

Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm

Mentors from across the 53 ACE GNY teams are invited to our second Mentor meet up. Come  mingle, network and meet fellow mentors as we start the new year. Appetizers provided by ACE GNY.

Please RSVP on EventBrite. Password is “ACE”



Student Engagement Webinar

Date: December 16, 2019

Location: GoTo Meeting

Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm

On Monday, 12/16 we held our first Student Engagement Webinar. Led by a NYC DOE Teacher, this webinar provided tips on student management, classroom techniques, managing disruptions, and more. This webinar is part one of a two part series to give mentors the tools they need to make the most of their ACE GNY sessions.

To view the webinar recording, please click here.

Stay tuned for details on the second webinar, in Spring 2020!

Mentor Professional Development Breakfast-My Neighbor’s Computer

Date: December 10, 2019

Location: Gensler, 1700 Broadway

Time: 8:00 - 9:30am

Computers play an increasingly important role in our design efforts. Likely no one in the industry could get through their day without running some analysis on their computer. The programs’ revolutions allow us to model reality closer and closer, but each of our practices are modelling a different reality.

Panelists from Cerami & Associates, Woods Bagot, Langan, Atlier Ten, and Thornton Tomasetti shared insights on different software and technologies in use. There was a focus on the leading edge of software as well as what happens on the perimeter of the software to allow it to connect to other applications from adjacent practices. Panelists also theorized how software applications will progress in the future.

Moderated by Jesse Chrismer, McLaren Engineering.

Team Leader Kickoff Meeting

Date: September 26, 2019

Location: Gensler - 1700 Broadway Ste 400, New York, NY 10019

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Meeting with all ACE Mentor Program of Greater NY Team Leaders to kick-off the 2019-2020 season! ACE GNY Staff will review logistical program details, policies and procedures, important dates, and more! All Team Leaders are required to attend.


ACE Mentor Ball

Date: July 16, 2019

Location: The Underground, Rockefeller Group (1221 Avenue of the Americas, Sunken Plaza)

This year’s annual ACE Ball celebrated ACE’s 25th birthday. Jeffrey Messinger, STV Inc. Team 11, was named the 2019 Mentor of The Year. We recognized the hard work and compassion of the hundreds of mentors that make up ACE GNY as well as our firms for their continued support. Mentors enjoyed games and hors d’oeuvres as they celebrated another year with ACE GNY.


April Mentor Meet-up

Date: April 23, 2019

Location: Frying Pan

Mentors from across the 49 ACE GNY teams met at the Frying Pan to discuss the upcoming final presentations, opportunities for students, and their individual work projects.

Future of the Industry: Mentor Breakfast Networking Mixer

Date: March 26, 2019

Location: 1040 Avenue of the Americas, 21st Floor

Mentors from ACE GNY engaged in a panel discussion on the future of the industry, including how new technologies and how firms can prepare themselves. Panelists included Jonatan Schumacher (WeWork); James Garrison (Garrison Architects); and Robert Hubner (Turner Construction). Panel discussion moderated by Jesse Chrismer (Entuitive).

Networking Scavenger Hunt

Date: February 26, 2019

Location: ACE Greater NY Office

Mentors from ACE GNY participated in a discussion on the importance of networking from Victoria Cerami (Cerami & Associates). Mentors were guided by a scavenger hunt checklist to meet new mentors and exchange business cards.

Case Study: Javits Center Expansion

Date: December 13, 2018

Location: Ace Greater NY Office

Mentors were able to hear behind-the-scenes information about the Javits Center expansion project from Marcos Diaz Gonzalez (AECOM) and Alan Steel (Javits Center). Mentors asked questions and learned more about the project, including the new green-roof and energy saving strategies.

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