Women in Media brings back Relaunch Project for 2023

Ashley Regan
By Ashley Regan | 4 July 2022
Women in Media co-chairs Cath Webber and Kathy McLeish.

Women in Media Australia hs brought back back Relaunch Project for 2023 in partnership with Google News Initiative.

The program is an exclusive series of workshops, mentoring sessions and online training, designed to equip and upskill women in media who are returning to the workforce after taking time out of their careers.

Successful Relaunch Project candidates will receive:

  • 10 specialised and intensive virtual workshops over six months focusing on leadership, media industry directions, new technologies and work/life balance

  • Help to build your brand

  • A starter pack for the Relaunch Project, welcoming and inducting you into the program

  • An invitation to the launch event to announce the 2023 cohort

  • A ticket to the Women in Media National Conference in 2023 [if COVID-19 allows] which includes two days of hearing from industry leaders, participating in workshops, and taking advantage of valuable networking opportunities

  • One-on-one mentoring with an industry professional

  • Be paired with another member from the Relaunch Project, helping to support and build a connection as you navigate through the program and mentoring sessions

Women in Media co-chair Kathy McLeish said: “We bring together and support women at a similar moment in life; tapping their hunger to learn, and desire to re-engage while understanding the pressures and juggles of life and career.

“Our goal is to shake up the status quo and improve diversity, equality and inclusion in the media industry.”

Rebecca McLaren, participant in the 2022 Relaunch Project, said: “I doubt there are enough thank-yous in the world to express how much this project was exactly what I needed and has helped me so much.”

Fellow 2022 participant, Sally Dillon said: “It’s been very helpful to identify my strengths, think about how I might use these to re-enter the workplace and supercharge my career and learn practical skills I can use as I re-establish myself in the workplace.”

Google News Initiative’s Uma Patel described partnering with Women in Media as “truly a unique and special opportunity.

“The Google News Initiative works side-by-side with the media industry to build a more sustainable, diverse, and innovative news ecosystem.

“By supporting the Relaunch Project, GNI is helping to build a resilient future for news in Australia.”

Women in Media co-chair Cath Webber said: “We are delighted at feedback from participants that they’ve grown personally and professionally.

“They have told us the program helped identify their strengths, they learned a lot about themselves, developed new skill sets and the program has boosted their career prospects.”

The 2022 Relaunch Project lead, Michelle Francis, said it was “phenomenal to be a part of creating a program so needed by women”.

“And to see how it really benefited and made a difference to the 2022 cohort was incredibly rewarding,” she said.

“I am really looking forward to meeting next year’s cohort and watching the impact the Relaunch Project can really make in helping women relaunch their careers.”

Apply here to be part of the Relaunch project.

Do you know a woman who would benefit from the Relaunch Project? Nominate them here.

Applications for the Relaunch Project close on Wednesday, August 3.

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