Leadership Through Mentorship Initiative

The 2017 Leadership Through Fellowship Program participants being announced at the annual WOCA membership meeting at APAP (Association of Performing Arts Professionals) Conference.
New York, NY
January 2017

Statement of Purpose

WOCA’s Leadership Through Mentorship Initiative is an initiative which pairs emerging and mid-level administrators with more senior members across the field with the explicit purpose of cultivating long-term professional investment and self-sustainability for women of color in the field. The leadership program is exclusively aimed at cultivating leaders of color, addressing their specific needs as marginalized people in the field, while imparting tools to help facilitate an environment of equity within their personal and professional practices, as well as, at their respective cultural organizations. Further, the expressed emphasis on mentorship and peer-to-peer learning supersedes many of the widely-held beliefs that formal didactic learning and/or university-based professional training are the primary pathways to success and sustainability in the field.

Program Overview

WOCA’s Leadership Through Mentorship initiative allows participating members across WOCA’s global network to connect via a series of guided video and conference calls and one-on-one encounters over the course of a twelve (12) month period. This structure allows for collaborative conversation about pressing leadership issues for women of color and facilitates meaningful and authentic dialogue. In addition, the small group and one-on-one sessions aim to create a robust forum of support through individualized mentorship and professional development opportunities. The cohort is an intimate group in order to ensure direct and full engagement of participants.

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*Please note that applications for the 2017 cohort closed in November 2016. Stay tuned for future program applications.

2017 Cohort

Akisa Omulepu, Africa Salon
Amorette Crespo,
LA Plaza de Artes y Cultura
Aryana Alexis Anderson,
Carnegie Hall
Caryn Cooper,
Flushing Council on Arts and Culture
Colleen Jennings-Roggensack
, ASU Gammage
Dorsay Dujon, Make Music Los Angeles
Jennica Bisbee, The Center for Arts Education
Judy Tsang, Stern Grove Festival
Maria Lopez de Leon, National Association of Latino Arts & Culture
Meena Malik, New England Foundation for the Arts
Megan Merchant, Washington Performing Arts
Rosalba Rolon, Pregones Theater
Rockyatu Otoo, Canvas Institute
Shay Wafer, 651 Arts
Shirley Taylor, Apollo Theater
Simone Eccleston, HarlemStage
Stephanie Hughley, BAM
Suzan Jenkins, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Tiffany Vega-Gibson, La Vega Management
Quita Sullivan, New England Foundation for the Arts
Yasmina Proveyer Llopiz, MDA Productions

A few of the members of the 2015 Membership Cohort - (left to right: Jessica Lynne, Kristen Hill, Candace Feldman, Lindsay Roberts, Alison Kibbe, Maxine Montilus, Suzan Jenkins and Kaisha Johnson)
A few of the members of the 2015 Membership Cohort – (left to right: Jessica Lynne, Kristen Hill, Candace Feldman, Lindsay Roberts, Alison Kibbe, Maxine Montilus, Suzan Jenkins and Kaisha Johnson)

A few of the members of the 2015 Cohort at WOCA’s
Annual Membership Meeting
(left to right: Jessica Lynne, Kristen Hill, Candace Feldman, Lindsay Roberts, Alison Kibbe, Maxine Montilus, Suzan Jenkins and
WOCA Co-Founder and Director, Kaisha S. Johnson)
New York, NY
January 2015

2015 Cohort

Alicia Boone, Brooklyn Museum
Alicia Patterson, Afro House
Alison Kibbe, Independent Creative Consultant
Baraka Sele, Independent Arts Consultant
Brittany Blackwell, NJPAC
Candace Feldman, 651 Arts
Fatima Kafele, Brooklyn Museum
Gwethalyn Bronner, James Lumber Center at the College of Lake County
JJ El-Far, Harlem Arts Festival
Kaisha Johnson, Center for Traditional Music and Dance & Women of Color in the Arts
Maria de Leon, NALAC
Maxine Montillius, South Asian Youth Action & Opus Dance Theatre
Natalia Linares, CONRAZON
Rosalba Rolon, Pregones Theater
Shay Wafer, 651 Arts
Stephanie Hughley, BAM
Suzan Jenkins, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Lindsay Roberts, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
Jessica Lynne, 651 Arts
Tiffany Vega, Hi-Arts
Traciana Graves, Project Bully Free Zone

 

promoting equity. fortifying leadership.

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