Jenny Williams has been named as a mentor in the Women of Esports Mentorship program, with the inaugural program aiming to connect industry leaders with women who are looking to get started in the world of esports.
The global initiative has been announcing mentors since December 31, with the chosen mentors coming from various areas of esports including Player Development, Marketing Coordination, business founders, VPs and CEOs, and Community Management.
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Speaking to Esports Pro Oceania, Williams is excited to be chosen for the position and the potential this program has to impact the industry, “It’s an honour to be considered as a mentor beside so many talented women involved in esports. The other mentors from across the globe have many years of experience in the games industry, and to know that I can equally contribute to the growth of individuals is astounding. To see the change that the Women in Esports mentorship program can create will be fantastic.”
Williams adds, “Esports is currently accelerating faster than many other industries and has faced a number of diversity challenges across the globe. I think it is vital that international programs like this exist to not only break down barriers but to also educate the industry.
I think that many more STEM industries need programs like this open to everyone. After participating in The Working Lunch, an Australian mentorship program, previously, I have seen the personal growth that can occur for every individual involved, and how this can shape the companies and people around them. Encouraging people to understand that everyone has a seat at the table in any industry will shape the future of the globe.”
Mentees for 2019 have been selected, however, they are still accepting mentor applications. Potential mentees can keep an eye out on the Women of Esports Twitter for applications to open for future intake.