A networking and mentoring initiative devised for women and non-binary people to tackle the lack of diversity in the creative industry

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A nimble new solution for the lack of diversity in the creative and culture industries launches in July. Designed exclusively for women and non-binary people, I LIKE NETWORKING aims to tackle the gender, racial and disability gap by promoting greater inclusion in the culture and creative industries across the world.

Mentees will have sessions to develop their resumes, skills and personal brand, but will also be connected to the mentors’ network, who will personally introduce them to other key players in the industry, opening doors and building connections. Mentees will also be interconnected to encourage peer-to-peer support.

Unlike other mentoring schemes, I LIKE NETWORKING has an international network and will aim to assist people in a three-month period. The international scheme also means that this is not just a London- centric proposition. By connecting mentees with top class mentors worldwide, I LIKE NETWORKING aims to expand the pool of talent.

Founded by Isabel Sachs, who has worked in the culture industry for over twelve years across Brazil and the UK, when she noticed how hard it was to build a network in a new country. Six years later, she noticed how few diverse teams she had worked with and once COVID hit and many lost their jobs, she decided it was time to do something about it.

The mentoring scheme will be free for those elected through an online application form. I LIKE NETWORKING aims to create a movement where mentees will eventually become mentors and have a huge community of members supporting each other throughout the career paths. Mentees will be able to advise on who would be their favourite mentors on the application. An advisory board will shortlist candidates.

The I LIKE NETWORKING applications launch in July and the programme starts in September. There will be four virtual encounters between the mentors and the mentees, going over skills, how to sell yourself, how to rebrand your resume and more.

Confirmed mentors include:

  • Victoria Ceridono, blogger, journalist, author, and former editor at large for Glamour 
  • Jade Coles, events curator, The Wing
  • Cassi Young, Specialist, Head of Sale – Modern & Contemporary Art at Bonhams 
  • Marine Tanguy, Director, MTart Agency 
  • Carol Almiron, Communications Manager, FIFA 
  • Jennifer O’Reilly, Head of Commercial Strategy & Cross-Category Athletes, Nike
  • Edmund Connoly, Partnerships, Google Arts & Culture
  • Isabella Coraça, Fashion Curator & Lecturer, Kensington Palace, Central St Martins 
  • Tobi Kyeremateng, Cultural Producer
  • Farooq Chaudhry OBE, Producer of Akram Khan Company 
  • Salma Tuqan, Deputy Director, Delfina Foundation 
  • Burcu Yuksel, Director, Gaia Foundation 
  • Ifeoma Dike, Art adviser and Curator 
  • Francesca Gavin, writer, editor and curator 
  • Joao Paulo Testa, Creative Director 
  • Sophie Busby, Corporate Partnerships, Tate
  • Fernanda Moraes, Art Advisor
  • Anne Helwing, VIP Manager, Art Basel
  • Nicky van Breugel, Head of Membership and Volunteer Engagement, CASE 
  • Manuela Rahall, Director, Rahall Agency

The I LIKE NETWORKING applications launch in July and the programme starts in September.

Media Contact
Company Name: I Like Networking
Contact Person: Media Relations

Country: United Kingdom
Website: https://ilikenetworking.uk/