SWIMMing to the Top
Senior Woman in Media Mentoring Scheme
“Be pro-active, don’t wait to be asked”; “Get the best possible team on board”; “Give up unrealistically high expectations of your self and others”; “Put your school dates in the diary first and organise your work around them”; “Own your own career - no-one else will!”
These are just some of the tips picked up by this year’s SWIMM graduates.
The Senior Women in Media Mentoring Scheme (SWIMM) is an elite gathering of Chief Executives, Board Directors, and Senior Vice Presidents who mentor rising stars in the media industry.
It's tough at the top. C-suite roles can seem lonely, relentless, exhilarating, privileged, and powerful. Getting there is difficult and staying there is hard work too. Role models and learning from those who have gone before are invaluable.
On average, FTSE-100 companies have only 16.7% female representation on their boards. SWIMM was created in 2009 by, amongst others, Dame Gail Rebuck, Chair and Chief Executive of the Random House Group and Elisabeth Murdoch, Chair of Shine Media Group to try to improve this picture. The aim: to motivate and encourage women and to widen the talent pool available.
SWIMM supports women through challenges, shares coping strategies and gives practical advice on work/life balance: it’s a route map to success.
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