StateraArts is launching a New York City chapter of its Statera Mentorship initiative for women in the arts. In addition to fostering one-on-one engagement between mentors and mentees, everyone in the program has the opportunity to meet other participants at a networking mixer.
The duration of each mentorship class is six months, with the program running January–June and July–December. While classes are already underway in Chicago and North Carolina, newly formed chapters, including New York, will start their first class of mentorship pairings on July 1 in the Boston Area, California Central Coast, Dallas/Fort Worth, Ithaca, Iowa, Los Angeles, Louisville, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, and Southern Texas.
Applications for mentors and mentees is now open through June 1. Statera charges a $30 fee per class (6 months) to mentees. Click here for more information and to apply.
The Statera Mentorship is under the leadership of national co-directors Erika Haaland and Minita Gandhi. The NYC Chapter was founded by Meridith C. Grundei, who is joined by regional coordinators Sayantee Sahoo, Mara Jill Herman, Alex Marrs, and Rachel Spencer Hewitt.
“Professional mentorship for women is a positive, proactive, and proven way to counter gender imbalance in the workplace," says Melinda Pfundstein, Statera’s Executive Director.
“We can't underestimate the healing power of someone taking even 30 minutes at coffee with us, even just to say yes to the thoughts we have about power and progress," adds New York City regional coordinator Spencer Hewitt, also the founder of the Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL). "When we give that out to others, it's just as powerful. I think everyone should feel ready to join this program even just in bringing themselves to the table.”
Plans are already in the works for chapters in Atlanta, Milwaukee, Salt Lake, Southern Oregon, and Southern Utah. Visit stateraarts.org/new-york-mentorship to learn more.