"What I have gained most from IPAY, I learned through mentorship from the many womxn who were involved in the leadership and service of the organization - Mary Rose Lloyd, Colleen Porter, Susan Crofton, and Maranne Welsh to name just a few, taught me about the sector and the many strengths and intricacies of the greater ecosystem that we were all a small part of. They welcomed me and many others in, helping us to find our place, but also pushing and provoking, never satisfied with anything substandard and always demanding more from those they took under their wing.
Throughout many years of IPAY and many, many Showcases, we have had opportunity to celebrate, learn from and be inspired by many amazing womxn whom have always been leaders in our field - from staff and board members, to creators and artists, as well as producers, agents, managers, educators, presenters, students, funders and cultural agents. Without womxn there would never have been, and never would be, an IPAY.
Perhaps my favourite thing about IPAY now, is the opportunity to continue to learn from, be inspired by and to be mentored by a young generation of leaders - Sam Tower, Nambi Kelley, Amanda Pintore, Danica Rosengren, Nia Benjamin, Marisol Rosa-Shapiro just to name a very few. I imagine we must all have lists of womxn whom have helped make us who we now are, as well as those that continue to help us to be better, do more and to make positive change. It's in this spirit that I pledge to use the power and privilege that I have to give voice and opportunity to womxn in our sector and am happy to donate to this cause - to this current campaign as well as moving forward."
Executive Director of International Performing Arts for Youth