Kerry Stratford — Mentor of the Year

President and Chief Creative Officer, Caliber Group

Kerry Stratford's areas of expertise are brand, creative and digital marketing and public relations. She owns the Caliber Group, a brand marketing, digital and public relations firm based in Arizona. Stratford has provided design, brand strategy and digital consultation for more than 25 years to clients regionally and across the globe. She holds a BFA in visual communication from the University of Arizona School of Art, where she has also taught design classes for more than a decade. Her work has been featured in national design publications such as Communication Arts, Graphics, Print Magazine and numerous books in the U.S. and abroad. Stratford is a serial entrepreneur, starting her business when she graduated from college.

Stratford has a lot of mentorship experiences. She keeps in contact with her students from when she taught at the UA, has spoken regularly to classes in the Fine Arts, Eller College and CAPLA areas and currently mentors a group of young women in creative fields. Kerry has very strong connections to the UA and has employed interns from the school every year for the past two decades, many of which were later hired full-time for her companies. She is always willing to support young people who are interested in a career in design or marketing meet their goals.

Top Goals for Mentoring:

  • Help mentees learn and grow from their peers through group discussions.
  • Help mentees develop professional and life skills.
  • Help mentees grow their professional networks by making connections to others in my field.