A new platform for women of all levels working in media, marketing, advertising and publishing officially launches in Auckland next week with a free networking event.
An idea sparked at an industry event by co-founders Nancy Lloyd and Kali Nadin earlier this year officially comes to fruition this month with the launch of New Zealand’s first Women in Media (WiM) Group – a community for women in the industry to discuss challenges, share personal career experiences and have the opportunity to collaborate with like minded women.
The group has been set up following an industry survey that showed a gap in the market for women to regularly come together, share, learn and thrive.
Says Nancy lloyd, co-founder: “While we had anecdotally heard of the demand for a group such as this, the numbers more than confirmed it. 100% of respondents agreed that there is a need for WiM, which is why we’re so excited to be able to bridge this gap.”
The founding members’ vision is for an online and offline forum that supports women working in media, marketing or advertising and acts as a sounding board to help high achieving women reach their potential. In the works is a speaking event in September with the theme Our Authentic Selves – the making, breaking and experiences of WiM. Training sessions, further networking events and learning lunches will also follow, along with online social groups for open discussion and industry knowledge.
The first event, a free, must-register networking event, will be held at Coley & Punch on Thursday 25 July from 5:00pm. All are welcome but numbers are limited so register here to ensure your spot: https://www.womeninmedia.co.nz/event-info/meet-greet-networking-launch-event
The group launches with founding partners Bauer Media, D3 Digital, GroupM, MBM and My Food Bag.
Says Kali Nadin, co-founder: “We are so fortunate to have these amazing companies as our initial partners. By coming on board from the beginning they are showing their dedication to shaping the way women in media are seen and the future of the industry as a whole.
“We believe that gender inclusive networks, important as they are to overall professional growth, do not present the opportunity for women to remove the professional wall they put up in order to show up effectively in the workplace. They do not invite the kind of deeper conversations that go beyond work and into their personal challenges within the work environment. We’ve had such a positive response from all involved so far and can’t wait to see this community develop.”
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