Why Mentorship? Session 2 - Making the Most of Your Relationship

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May 21, 2018 at 3:00PM (ET)

Are you getting the most out of your mentoring experience? Research has shown that mentoring relationships have the most success when both the mentor and mentee take an active role in developing the relationship. Join Pam Breaux (mentor) and Ariel Shelton (mentee) for a lively discussion and presentation about mentorship. Hear their stories as they look at the role of the mentee and mentor, review best practices in establishing the relationship, and share how to make the most of it.   

Learning Objectives:

  • Through attending this session, participants will be able to understand and identify what successful mentoring relationships look like.
  • Participants will learn best practices for mentors and mentees, including how to find the best match, how to establish a meaningful relationship, and how to set goals and objectives to maximize the return for all parties involved. 
  • Participants will be given tools for defining the roles of the mentor and mentee, setting goals and objectives, and sample mentorship timelines.



Pam Breaux, President & CEO, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Website: nasaa-arts.org
Twitter: @NASAA_Arts

Pam Breaux is the President and CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) since 2015. In this role, she works with the association’s board of directors and staff to advance NASAA’s policy and programmatic mission to strengthen America’s state and jurisdictional arts agencies. A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Pam has held leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. While in Louisiana state government, she was secretary of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism (CRT), assistant secretary of CRT (overseeing its cultural development portfolio), and executive director of its state arts agency (the Louisiana Division of the Arts). During her time at CRT, Pam developed and led Louisiana’s cultural economy initiative and spearheaded the successful UNESCO inscription of Poverty Point State Historic Site (an ancient Indian site) as a World Heritage site.

Before working in state government, Pam was executive director of the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana and managed southwest Louisiana’s Decentralized Arts Funding Program. She has served on the boards of the U.S. Travel Association, NASAA, South Arts and the Louisiana Board of International Commerce. Pam is currently a member of the U.S. National Commission on UNESCO. She graduated from McNeese State University with a B.A. in English and earned an M.A. in English and folklore from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


Ariel Shelton, Program Manager, Community Engagement & Millennium Stage, The Kennedy Center

Email: AEShelton@Kennedy-Center.org

Dedicated to inclusivity and equity in the arts through community and artist led programming, Ariel is currently Program Manager for the Performing Arts for Everyone & Community Engagement team at the Kennedy Center.

Prior to joining the Kennedy Center, Ariel worked for National Arts Strategies, Washington Performing Arts, The Washington Women in Jazz Festival, The MusicianShip, and Flashband. She has also worked as a consultant for several emerging projects, including a fellowship program for the LA Chamber Orchestra and the Inner City Youth Orchestra of LA which was recently funded by the Mellon Foundation. She has served as a guest speaker on several panels for organizations including Google, Georgetown University, and Chamber Music America, and has contributed as a reviewer for program applications for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the National Parent-Teacher Association, and the Association of Performing Arts Professionals.  

Ariel’s passion for the arts began onstage. As a classically trained French Horn player, she has had the opportunity to perform with ensembles across the world, from an international festival in Guadeloupe celebrating the work of composer Chevalier de Saint George, to a Disneyland performing band. She takes as many opportunities to visit her hometown of Detroit, Michigan as she can, and is a graduate of Howard University, where she obtained her degree in Music Business.


Why Mentorship? Session 2 - Making the Most of Your Relationship
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