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DGA Women’s Steering Committee Unveils Latest Class Of Its Mentorship Program

David Robb

Oct 11, 2022

The DGA’s Women’s Steering Committee (WSC) has announced the 2022 class of its WSC Squad Mentorship Program.

The DGA’s Women’s Steering Committee is so proud of the amazing group of mentors and mentees announced for the 2022 class,” said Tara Miele, WSC co-chair and one of the founders of the program. “The WSC Squad believes peer-to-peer support is crucial, thus this program provides frank discussion around the unique issues that female directors face while giving guidance and support.”

This year’s mentors and mentees are:

Jennifer Arnold mentoring Pat SantanaNeema Barnette mentoring Shari Lynette CarpenterStacey K. Black mentoring Drew Ann RosenbergKelly Freeman Craig mentoring Ashley EakinHanelle Culpepper mentoring Jean E. LeeRoxann Dawson mentoring Tamika MillerTamra Davis mentoring Jeannette GodoyKaren Gaviola mentoring Bertha Bay-Sa PanRachel Lee Goldenberg mentoring Sara ZandiehMaggie Kiley mentoring Anne RentonGail Mancuso mentoring Juanesta “Winnie” HolmesReed Morano mentoring Afia Serena Nathaniel

According to the DGA, the nine-month program “is unique in that every effort is made to pair mentees with the mentor of their choice. The objective is to cultivate a community of directors with the tools and knowledge that will lead all members towards success together.”

Founded in 1979, the goal of the DGA Women’s Steering Committee is to “advance the professional interests of its members and to heighten their visibility and career opportunities in the entertainment industry.  The WSC fosters relationships between members to provide support, mentoring and networking opportunities. The WSC is continually evolving new concepts to elevate awareness of the strengths of its members.”

The WSC Squad Mentorship Program is coordinated by directors DeMane Davis, Morenike Joela Evans, Jen McGowan and Rachel Raimist. The Women’s Steering Committee is co-chaired by Tara Miele, Shawn Pipkin-West and Liz Ryan.

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