Advocacy group for gender diversity in the broadcast media tech sector, Rise, has announced the opening of its 2024 global mentoring programme.

This year’s mentoring initiative will span the UK, Europe, ANZ, APAC, India, and North America. The 2024 activity will build on the successful delivery of two mentoring programmes in 2023, which supported 125 mentees globally.

The schedule will feature a combination of scheduled masterclasses and networking events, as well as the inclusion of responsive content based on feedback from participants. The participants will also have the opportunity to connect with other mentees across Rise chapters.

Rise is now seeking both mentees and mentors across all regions covered by the programme. Interested parties are invited to submit applications via the Rise website from February 1st 2024 to February 29th 2024. The programme runs for a 6-month period, and mentees are expected to commit to regular meetings with their mentors, attend scheduled events, and actively engage in the mentoring relationship.

Rise mentees are selected based on their passion for the broadcast industry, career goals, and the potential for growth, as well as a demonstrable commitment to the scheme. The programme is open for applications from women currently working or aspiring to work in the broadcast and media technology industry.

Rise mentors will be senior professionals with significant working experience in a variety of roles across the broadcast and media technology industry, who demonstrate leadership and a commitment to diversity and are based in one of the pre-defined regions covered by the programme. The programme is open to female, male, and non-binary mentors alike.

Mentors and mentees are matched based on their professional backgrounds, expertise, and the career goals and interests of the mentees. Rise’s aim is to foster meaningful and beneficial connections.

Donna Smith, Managing Director at Rise said: “The impact of the Rise mentoring initiative extends far beyond the duration of the programme, it offers a valuable community that is invested in the growth and development of all participants. Previous mentees have shared inspiring success stories, highlighting career advancements, expanded networks, and increased confidence. The programme will continue to evolve based on the needs of both our mentees and mentors as well as our sponsors and supporters.”

Carla Maroussas, Programme Mentoring Manager at Rise said: “I am thrilled to unveil our 2024 edition of the initiative. This year’s programme is not just a continuation; it’s a global call to action for aspiring individuals in the broadcast and media technology industry. Drawing from the incredible success stories and transformative experiences of our previous participants, we are committed to uniting an international cohort of Mentees, echoing the spirit of inclusivity and diversity, and to delivering a programme that evolves with the needs of our participants and industry dynamics alike. This isn’t just a programme – it’s a journey of growth and connection that you too can join.”

picture: last year’s mentoring programme

Jon Creamer

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