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Ursula Meyer

Committee Chair

The VASTA Mentorship Initiative is a new program which will open up avenues of mentorship and peer support to all of our members. The initiative will facilitate events, gather resources, and set up facilities to allow our newer members to gain valuable insight from our more experienced members.

We will also facilitate semi-formal relationships between peers at similar career points who wish to exchange ideas, advice, and experiences with those facing similar challenges and milestones. We want to empower all members by harbouring a culture of knowledge-sharing, open communication and championing our most valuable resource - ourselves!


Committee Members:

Jennifer Innes
Amy Chaffee
Jeremy Sortore

Board Liaison: Kristi Dana
 
VASTA members are invited to take part in a rewarding and enriching endeavour. This initiative will facilitate events, gather resources, and set up systems to allow our newer members to gain valuable insight from our more experienced members, while also promoting peer to peer relationships useful for feedback, ideas-sharing and career development support.

To sign up to be a mentor, go to your member profile and look for the box labeled "Website". Click on "VASTA's Programs" and you will find a list of categories in which you can offer to mentor another VASTA member.

If you are looking for a mentor, mentorship categories are searchable within the members-only directory on the far right of the main menu, AFTER you log in!


This initiative proudly offers:

Conference Sessions

Roundtable meetings, cocktail hours, dinners, or individual meetings between pairs or groups of pairs will be held at VASTA conferences. These sessions will be a time to make connections, brainstorm, and collect further mentoring ideas in an informal setting.

Zoom Panels

These periodic, online chat sessions will allow those with more experience in our field join an online forum with those who wish to know more.
 

Mentor/Mentee Pairings

VASTA members will facilitate mentorship relationships with those wishing to share knowledge, and those seeking guidance in their careers. This branch of the initiative will commence shortly- keep an eye out or fill in the Mentorship Initiative Interest Survey below to be kept in the loop. Very exciting!

Peer Support Partnerships

This idea is modeled on the peer observation programs in place at some universities and facilitates partnerships between those at a similar stage in their careers. Peer Support Partnerships are designed to provide observation, feedback, and support among peer colleagues. As with the Mentor/Mentee pairings, we will shortly launch a page of the VASTA website to allow members to upload profile information and search through other profiles to find their perfect Peer partnership. Stay tuned for more on this...

To be notified of the upcoming Zoom Panels, and to contribute ideas to assist in the development of the initiative, please fill out the Mentorship Initiative Interest Survey below.  Also, keep an eye out on the VASTA facebook page and the VASTA newsletter for more updates.


 


Mentorship Virtual Speed-Dating Event


The mentorship Initiative is hosting the first of its quarterly "Mentorship Virtual Speed Dating" Events! Bring your list of areas you are expert in, what you would love inspiration or assistance in and an open heart and mind. Join Voice Trainers from around the world at this mixer!


REGISTER HERE


DATE: Saturday June 18 2022

9am PST/11am CST/5pm UK time


Imagine speed dating - two strangers sitting across the virtual zoom table, getting to know each other. Now, picture a voice professor from an English University randomly paired with a public speaking coach from Alabama, USA or Adelaide, Australia, making a connection and finding areas where they can potentially mentor/nurture one another. Creating a title or blurb for their intersection of specialties and areas where they perceive a frontier in their work, ripe for growth and expansion.


After 4-5 rounds, we will collaborate as a group and in a quick round table wrap up, we will brainstorm about how, going forward, the virtual space can assist each of us in greater growth in our business/academic career/exploration of new somatic practices/ideas.


We look forward to dating you!!


The Mentorship Initiative Committee

Amy Chaffee – Host of the Speed Dating Inaugural Event

Jedd Owen-Ellis Clark

Ursula Meyer – Committee Chair


REGISTER HERE