* Note: If you're interested in becoming a mentor, you're welcome to fork this document to establish guidelines for your practice.

My mentoring is grounded in practicality, sensitivity, and execution. My goal is to help you build better practices for communication, clearer patterns around expectations, and improved overall health in your work. My hope is that you leave our 1:1 exchange feeling empowered to tackle what needs changing and come out the other side feeling positive.

If you book a session, please make every effort to keep it. If you miss three sessions, I will ask you not to book time again until your schedule allows you to be present.

To book a session, please send a brief email to hi@marihuertas.com with the following:

  • A clear description of who you are and what you do
  • Why you'd like to book a mentoring session
  • What you hope to gain through our discussion
  • Three days/times that might work well for you

I'll respond within 72h during weekdays. I won't respond during the weekend.


I advise on the following:

  • improving a skills set
  • finding the right role
  • applying and interviewing for jobs
  • managing a project, product, or program
  • communicating effectively and contributing positively in a team
  • building something from scratch
  • setting priorities
  • finding and using your voice

These sessions can be done via Google Hangout, Skype, or in person. They may include:

  • a written and shared dispatch of what we covered and what we'll do in the next session.
  • small assignments to read, write, or develop between meetings – these keep everyone involved honest, in progress, and invested in the work.
  • access to a collection of appropriate resources I've cultivated and grown over my years of work.


From the start, I’ve been impressed by the way Mari leads projects, clarifies objectives and supports teammates. She is a rare mix of Creative and Planner, which allows her to ideate goals and realize them. In addition to being a fantastic colleague, she’s a trusted mentor. Over many a tea & scone, she has helped me navigate difficult decisions and pave a meaningful career path. She’s an inspiration to anyone in technology who hopes to intelligently and optimistically push their craft forward. I’m honored to call her a friend.

Elisabeth H.
Mari helped me as I took on a new role with more responsibility and our small team doubled in size. She was a great sounding board for ideas and concerns. Mari shared practical tips about project and meeting management as well as helped me think through bigger picture questions. It was such a relief to know I had Mari to chat with as I was managing this transition, and I know her advice helped our team a lot. Thanks, Mari!

Erika O.
I first met Mari in 2011 when I took a Digital Publishing course taught by her at the University of Chicago. The course focused on digital tools, strategies, and community building – all of which Mari has a deep understanding of and passion for. At the time, I was feeling lost in my career. Taking that course was the first step in finding clarity, finding a path. Since then, over the past three years, Mari has continued to offer support, encouragement, and advice. She’s helped shape my resume into something amazing, offered stellar advice on interviews and what it takes to get the job, and has overall been a force for good in my life. I am impressed by her intellectual curiosity and drive, and I absolutely believe in her skills, her passion, and her many talents.

Christina Z.