We are always grateful to our Ambassadors for hosting events within their local communities, to evangelise about the work of Women in Games, to bring together individuals and to demonstrate support for them.
Here Sara Davidsson, Divisional People & Culture Operations Manager at Thunderful Games discusses how she went about organising and promoting her own networking event…
I hosted what was probably the first Blekinge Network & Mingle Event for women in Blekinge who might be interested in, or working in the games sector. Blekinge is Sweden’s smallest county so I was happy to have found 35 individuals from both my own town of Karlshamn, and thanks to our sponsors, we were able to offer free bus rides from our sister city Karlskrona, which also has two universities with a media/gaming focus.
Upon arrival, the attendees could fill out a name tag including their occupation and interest, spirit animal, favourite game and home town (the final three were optional – just for fun!). We mingled, then I hosted a talk about Women in Games and my own personal journey, followed by colleagues and friends sharing their stories. We then had a panel of people working in the industry who answered questions. After that we had a break, followed by two sessions of a music quiz, with a gift card prize.
It was a super successful event, and many asked that we do it again in the near future. I’m personally very happy with the event – it seems to have given a lot of inspiration, knowledge and connections. And, yes, I will for sure be hosting more Blekinge events in the future.
Meanwhile, a fellow Women in Games Ambassador and I have formed a Facebook group for our Swedish Ambassadors, and we will hopefully be planning an event together in the future, too.
Gemma Johnson-Brown, Director of Ambassadors and Women in Games Co-Director, said: “It’s great to see our Ambassadors hosting events for colleagues, peers and friends around the world. We thank Sara for putting together this networking event, and for sharing how she went about putting it together. We hope it inspires other Ambassadors to do the same.”
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