DIALogues | The Impact of Mentorship

Recorded On: 06/15/2021

imageAbout this Webinar

Mentorship is an important way pre-career and emerging arts leaders can gain transformational knowledge, strong networks, and lifetime collaborators; especially for BIPOC arts administrators. In this panel discussion, we speak with three individuals who have been impacted by mentorship themselves, and have continued to create change in the field by becoming mentors themselves. Join Elise Drew Leon and Esther Jeong in a conversation on the impact mentorship has on BIPOC arts leaders.

Participants will engage with:

  • Stories and experiences of BIPOC leaders and their reflections to why mentorship was impactful in their career trajectory
  • How mentees and mentors alike can support one another towards their pathways through arts leadership 
  • Suggestions and tips on how mentees can best engage with a mentor

This session is a part of the DIALogues Professional Development Collection. You can register for the full collection here. Can't make an event live? Register anyway for access to the recording. 

Please note that while this session is open to all, it was curated with the intention of supporting college students, pre-career, and emerging leaders traditionally underrepresented within the arts field.

Elise Drew Leon

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

School of American Ballet

Elise Drew León is Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the School of American Ballet (SAB) at Lincoln Center.  In her role, she works to ensure that SAB is a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization according to its behaviors, policies, and practices.

Prior to joining SAB, Elise worked as an artist, administrator, and teacher.  As a member of the Limón Dance Company, she performed throughout the US and abroad, most notably to Africa as a cultural ambassador for the US Department of State.  Additionally, Elise performed with Mark Morris Dance Group in The Hard Nut, Luna Negra Dance Theatre in Chicago, and was a founding member of TAKE Dance under former Taylor dancer Takehiro Ueyama. 

Elise holds a BFA in Dance from Fordham University. Most recently, she was a 2020 CUP Fellow as part of the Council of Urban Professionals, an organization committed to inspiring, elevating, and empowering the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders. 

Elise is dedicated to ensuring that the performing arts is as inclusive and equitable as possible.  She has spoken on panels for the Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship and the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, has served as a grants panelist for ArtsWestchester, and has mentored several dancers who have gone on to lead successful careers.  Elise resides in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.

Esther Jeong

Head of DEI


Esther Jeong is an experienced diversity and inclusion leader with global business experience designing employee engagement and business inclusions strategies for technology companies. As a culture catalyst and inclusion strategist, she brings data-driven solutions to building and strengthening inclusive, equitable, and collaborative team environments.

Esther has worked at Infor, Google, Moody’s, Bloomberg LP, and the Arts & Business Council of NY. Esther received a B.A.in Cultural Anthropology from Wheaton College (MA), conducted a Fulbright fellowship on Korean dance and completed the Coro Leadership NY program.

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DIALogues | The Impact of Mentorship
Live event: 06/15/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT) You must register to access.