OPERA America Announces Participants of the 2022‒2023 Mentorship Program for Women Administrators
OPERA America is pleased to recognize the leadership achievements and dedication of three women administrators who have been selected as protégés in the 2022‒2023 Mentorship Program for Women Administrators. The Mentorship Program, now in its fifth year, provides rising opera administrators an opportunity to be paired with industry leaders who can help them overcome barriers to advancement and develop plans for professional growth.
The 2022‒2023 protégé-mentor partnerships are:
- Protégé: Megan Elk, Engagement Producer, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Mentor: Barbara Lynne Jamison, General Director/CEO, Kentucky Opera
- Protégé: Katrina Fasulo, Director of Development, Opera Saratoga
Mentor: Julia Noulin-Mérat, General Director and CEO, Opera Columbus
- Protégé: Jessica Gonzalez, Marketing Manager, Houston Grand Opera
Mentor: Tamara Vallejos, Director of Marketing, The Juilliard School
See below for profiles of the participants.
Each protégé-mentor team will develop a personalized plan for professional development based on the goals of the protégé. They will work together through remote and in-person sessions, including meetings at Opera Conference 2023 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Two of the mentors, Julia Noulin-Mérat and Tamara Vallejos, were protégés in the 2019 class of the Mentorship Program. “The invaluable skills and experiences I gained while working with my mentor,” reflected Noulin-Mérat, “played a big part in my eventual appointment as the general director and CEO of Opera Columbus.”
“The 2022-2023 cohort of the Mentorship Program for Women Administrators exemplifies the value of the program, with two program alums now serving as Mentors,” stated Laura Lee Everett, chief programs officer at OPERA America. “The program was created to bolster the careers of women working in opera and help take them to the next professional level. The protégés of this program represent the future of opera leadership, and we look forward to watching this latest cohort soar.”
Established in 2018, the Mentorship Program for Women Administrators was designed to help advance the goals of OPERA America’s Women’s Opera Network, an action-oriented affinity group dedicated to addressing and advancing gender parity in the field. The Women’s Opera Network seeks to provide ongoing support for emerging women professionals in opera and to design programs that nurture and advance talented women. To learn more about OPERA America’s Women’s Opera Network, visit operaamerica.org/WON.
OPERA America is committed to increasing gender parity across the field. In addition to the Mentorship Program for Women Administrators, the organization offers Opera Grants for Women Composers, Opera Grants for Women Stage Directors and Conductors, and additional programming of the Women’s Opera Network. More information about OPERA America’s grant programs is available at operaamerica.org/Grants.
Other OPERA America programs focused on the advancement of opera administrators include the Mentorship Program for Opera Leaders of Color, Leadership Launch, Leadership Intensive, and New General Directors Roundtable. To learn more about OPERA America’s leadership development programs, visit operaamerica.org/LeadDev.