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The Statera Mentorship Program
Thank you for being a part of the Second Class of the Statera Mentorship Program. We can’t tell you how excited we are to have you onboard!
The Chicago Mentorship Team
Regional Mentorship Coordinators: Minita Gandhi & Erika Haaland
Team Leaders: Dana Black, Kim Morris, Laura Rook,
Wendy Stark Prey & Lanise Antoine Shelley
Special thanks to Statera Foundation’s Executive Director Melinda Pfundstein Vaughn, Deputy Director Shelly Gaza, & Creative Director Sarah Greenman
The Statera Mentorship Program for Women in the Arts is at the core of Statera's mission - positive action for women in theatre. A flourishing mentor relationship helps both mentor and mentee organize their professional challenges, nurture their creative ideas and activate their personal gifts. Statera Foundation works to connect theatre women interested in moving beyond the very real obstacles that sometimes lie between our goals and our successes.
Program Duration: November 15th 2017 - May 15th 2018
Minimum Expectation: Mentor & Mentee meeting/phone chat/rendezvous two hours/month
A few notes about the program moving forward:
Foundations of the Mentorship Program
Professionalism. This is a professional program. While natural bonds and friendships often develop organically through mentorship, this isn’t the primary goal for a successful Mentor/Mentee relationship. Treat each other with respect, show up on time, and be present for each other while communicating. Be sure to have a conversation about what your relationship boundaries are - this will vary between every Mentor and Mentee - i.e. your preferred method of contact, your schedule and prior commitments, etc.
Honesty. Let this be an opportunity to be direct about what is right for you in your career. Let it be a chance to share the challenges you are facing. This process is for both the Mentor and the Mentee. Neither of you will have all the answers, but there is much to learn from the experience of both parties. The only way to solve some of the challenges you face is to articulate them openly and honestly and be willing to hear what the other person has to say.
Support & Encouragement. While challenges exist, we can also choose to inspire each other by celebrating the ‘wins’ we have. Big or small, make sure to find a way to discuss and celebrate those as well. Ask each other what went well since the last meeting. Having someone to share and celebrate accomplishments is powerful.
The First Meeting
Talking points for the First Meeting - both Mentor and Mentee should be ready to discuss their answers to the following questions
Take the time to discuss these questions and the others that will likely follow. Listen to each other and see what you have in common and what your differences are. This will help build a strong foundation for moving forward.
Before you end your First Meeting, please complete the following
Meetings Over the Following Months
As you move forward with the Mentorship process, it is important that together you establish clear plans with tasks that assist the Mentee with achieving their goals. The Mentor should support the Mentee in following the established plan, providing feedback, and holding them accountable.
Be prepared to be flexible if things change. Take the time together to evaluate what works and what may need to be altered to affect positive change. Celebrate the success and evaluate the challenges.
If you find that you are faced with roadblocks in moving forward in your relationship/process or have questions about how to proceed, please feel free to reach out to our team for support. Email your Team Leader or email@example.com and we will be there to help. We will also be reaching out during the process to check in and see how things are going.
As the Mentorship Comes to a Close
When you enter the month of April, take the time to discuss together where you are.
When the Mentorship program ends in May, we will reach out to you with an anonymous survey for feedback on your individual process as well as your thoughts on the program. We welcome and want your feedback during the process as well as we move forward to strengthen our professional relationships as women, artists and leaders.
Thank you so much for being a part of this exciting, empowering process!
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A Note on Inclusion at Statera Foundation
We use an inclusive definition of women. “Women” includes anyone on the gender spectrum who identifies (either always or some of the time) as a woman. This also includes non-binary people.
Statera Foundation works through an intersectional lens for gender parity. We understand and acknowledge that systems of discrimination are interdependent and span all social categorizations such as race, class, ability, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group. Addressing one spoke of systematic discrimination or disadvantage means holistically addressing them all.
Please take a look at this guide for any questions you have about pronoun use: https://uwm.edu/lgbtrc/support/gender-pronouns/