HOW DO WE HELP?
The Working Lunch is an initiative to empower entry level women to reach their goals across the games space by forming meaningful, long term connections with a team of dedicated cross-disciplinary mentors.
Built on the belief that a more diverse games industry will strengthen the space and produce better games, The Working Lunch goes beyond networking to provide a concrete and ongoing support network for entry level women with a passion for games.
We aim to elevate each other and open doors for the next wave of talent that will revolutionise the games we play.
The Working Lunch team want to see the games industry do better for the under-represented. We extend our welcome to the program and to our spaces to all women and non-binary people.
The Working Lunch team would like to acknowledge the work of the women who came before us, who inspired our passion for games and continue to make the industry a better place. Below you'll find a selection of some of our favourite games made entirely or in part by women.
Our mentors come from every corner of the industry - from production to PR, media to government policy - we believe that exposing our mentees to as many moving parts of the industry as possible will provide them with valuable insight into the reality of navigating the space. Meet our mentors below, and see our Mentors page to get to know them and their work.
The Working Lunch program is an annual series of six face to face workshops, accompanied by two industry networking events.
For the duration of the program, mentees are paired with a Core Mentor who specialises in their focus area. Core Mentors are able to provide targeted, one on one advice to help mentees hone their skills, broaden their professional network and secure career opportunities.
Each workshop is themed to focus on a key area of personal or professional development. Guest Mentors who specialise in these areas attend select workshops to present talks, run activities and provide one on one guidance to mentees.
Program Focus Areas for 2017/18:
Self-care under pressure
networking your way
big picture: where do you fit in the industry?
planning and project management
interviews and internships