Sports organization, Evil Geniuses, has announced Press Forward: Young Women in Gaming; a summit series to inspire and help young women pursue careers in esports and gaming.
The Press Forward event is set up in partnership with Women in Games International (WIGI). During this inclusion summit, women from across the country will lead career-focused sessions on gaming industry topics. These topics include professional gamers, game designers and esports organization managers. Additionally, recruiters from game companies will be in attendance, offering tips on career development in the gaming industry.
Press Forward offers an inclusive and educational environment
Press Forward attendants will take part in networking sessions and resume reviews. They will also receive recruiter feedback. Finally, a host of successful women in the gaming industry will be leading panels. The list includes:
- Emmalee “EMUHLEET” Garrido – Dignitas, Captain for CS: GO and Valorant
- Sarah Schneider – Houston Outlaws (OWL), Partnership Account Manager
- Candace Thomas – Amazon, Lead Game Designer
- Noelle Warner – formerly Naughty Dog, Quality Assurance Analyst
- Dana Hustedt – Florida Tech University, Director of Esports
- Kathy Chiang – UCI Esports, Assistant Director
- Dominique Schultz – Riot Games, People Programs Specialist
- Ellen Yang – 343 Industries, Associate Producer
“When we were researching toxicity in gaming for our report Gaming for All earlier this year, it was clear that not everyone feels equally welcomed and uplifted and comfortable within the gaming community – and the gulf was particularly wide when it came to gender,” said Jessica Hammond, Chief Culture Officer at Evil Geniuses. “We wanted to play an active role in helping to rebalance the playing field and to offer young women a chance to learn and grow their careers in a supportive environment. This event is just the beginning – we look forward to creating multiple touchpoints that tackle diversity and representation and hopefully play our part in creating a more inclusive industry of tomorrow.”
Tickets are available now at a “pay what you can” basis. This is being done to remove any barrier for women that may be looking to take the next step in their career. The first Press Forward event will take place on April 24, starting at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.