OK Mentor launches to boost women’s roles in creative industries

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OK Mentor, a new mentorship programme for young women looking to break into the creative industries launches today, with the backing of London’s top female executives and creative decision makers.

The programme OK Mentor will be open exclusively to female undergraduates who will receive guidance and advice for developing real world skills not often taught in universities, such as contracting, pitching writing contracts, dealing with taxes and building your own personal brand.

Top London industry leaders

An inspiring line-up of mentors have already signed up, ready to pass on their professional expertise and experience.

Among those are Amanda Morgan, Managing Director at Byredo and Diptyque (UK&I), Whitney Rosenthal, Head of Emerging Talent at Instagram, Naomi Walkland, Senior Marketing Manager at Bumble EMEA.

Liz Stone, Co-founder OK Mentor and Founder of OK COOL Creative Agency says: “There really aren't any good resources for learning the fundamentals of getting started in the professional world. 

“I had to learn the hard way by myself, and inevitably, I made a lot of mistakes. Through OK Mentor, I hope to help other young women just like me, who dream of building a long-term career in the creative industry.”

Stefany Stanley, Co-founder and Enterprise Account Director at LinkedIn, says: “I owe so much of my career to people who believed in me and took a chance. 

“I want to pass on the knowledge and advice these incredible people once gave me and set our mentees up for success when trying to launch their own careers.”

Ok Mentor’s tuition will come in the form of a 12-hour intensive programme, spread across two weeks and four sessions that will cover different aspects of business training and a personal development framework for successful applicants.

Free initiative

The mentorship will be completely free of charge and open to all female undergraduates who are currently in their final year of study, postgraduates and those with equivalent work experience. The course is by application only.

Applications are open from today until 30 September. To apply, applicants can visit www.okmentor.me. 

The first mentorship programme will commence on 21 October.

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