We know that more women in leadership roles are needed if we are to achieve a gender diverse workforce at all levels in the games industry.

Women in Games operates across Five Pillars: Industry, Education, Policy, Community and Culture. We have six Priority Areas of Focus, and one of those is fostering a leadership culture for women working in games.

This is why Women in Games is collaborating with University of Nottingham to develop a suite of intensive Creative Leadership opportunities. These will be designed in collaboration with women working in the industry – and we would love you to get involved and help to shape the pilot programme of activities this September during the Women in Games Festival.

Women in Games and the University of Nottingham are planning a series of activities and initiatives, including:

  • Mentoring
  • Coaching
  • Networking support
  • Focused training at different stages of your career
  • Small group action-based learning opportunities
  • Formal development opportunities that are recognised/certified
  • Informal development activities such as issue-based campfire events/meet ups

A number of focus groups are being recruited now. If you would like to get involved, we are really interested to hear from you to help us understand the kinds of leadership development you would most welcome, the challenges you have faced in taking on or accessing leadership opportunities and anything else you would like to tell us about your leadership needs. There is also an opportunity to participate in a focus group discussion to influence the pilot programme we are delivering as part of the Festival programme in September.

We invite you to fill in this survey to participate, and if you have any questions, please email

From early July, individuals will be able to apply to take part in the Creative Leadership Labs, which will take place across two days in September. At the same time, a mentoring programme will be launched to support the future leaders in the Women in Games community.

Find out more by emailing

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