The Working Lunch is overhauling the experience of breaking into games and tech through meaningful mentoring for underrepresented people.

Our game-changing mentorship program connects Australia and New Zealand’s emerging revolutionaries with the brains trust and support network they need to take over the world.

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Ok, what is a mentorship program?

A mentor is a trusted advisor.

Mentors don’t have to be a coworker or a boss – a mentor could be anyone with relevant experience who can provide guidance.

Finding the right mentor can be hard, especially when you’re trying to break into an industry like games – where do you even start to look? And how do you know what you don’t know? That’s why we created The Working Lunch.

The Working Lunch is a mentorship program – that means we facilitate lots of different types of mentorships all within a system we’ve honed to make the most of the experience.

The best way to describe it? We’ve got SASS:

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The Working Lunch is not a simple matchmaking program.

We carefully connect our groups of mentees with the best team of core mentors and guest speakers for a year of curated workshops and experiences. We do the legwork so that the next generation can focus on growing into their full potential, and we do it all at no cost to our mentees.


Become a Mentee

Get placed in a Working Lunch cohort with a mentor chosen specifically for your needs. Apply now to become a mentee in the 2019 intake!


Build a Tailored Mentorship Program

We’ve learned a lot from our journey to build happier, healthier and longer career journeys for our mentees. We’d love to bring that to your organisation, so let’s chat!


Become a Mentor

Get paired with a mentee in your city who needs your help. We offer multiple options for mentoring to suit your level of availability. Apply now to become a mentor in 2019!


Join The Working Lunch Collective

Want to be part of lifting up the next wave of games and tech revolutionaries? We have multiple opportunities to partner, so let’s chat!

Want in? Let’s do this!

Our award-winning mentorship program has active cohorts throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The Working Lunch program runs on an annual cycle.
Workshops kick off in March and wrap up in October.

Applications for the core program are now closed  and will not re-open until 2020. To stay up to date on other opportunities like our Scholars program, subscribe to our newsletter!



``The Working Lunch empowered me so much more than I imagined it would. As the program wraps up, I now know how valuable my life and work experience is. I know exactly how I can deploy the knowledge I've gathered to help others.``

Rae Johnston Mentor 2018, Editor of Junkee

``The Working Lunch has been invaluable in building my confidence and passion for the video games industry. Being surrounded by so many brilliant, talented women has been an incredible, inspiring experience.``

Leah Williams Mentee 2018, Junior Content Creator at Spectrum Group

``I always come out of Working Lunch days so inspired. Amazing work putting such a powerful and needed thing together.``

Kelsey Gamble Mentor 2018, ANZ Lead Community Manager, Bethesda

``Being part of the Working Lunch has been one of the most influential and motivating experiences I’ve ever undertaken, and I will forever be grateful for it teaching me to recognise my own value and potential as a woman in games.``

Stephanie Panecasio Mentee 2018, Native Content Writer at