Women in Games International Names New Advisory Board Members

May 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Women In Games International has announced new members to its advisory board. WIGI 's advisory board helps support its mission statement of promoting diversity in the industry and helping women advance their careers.

"Everyone involved with WIGI is passionate about making the video game industry more inclusive, and we all have amazing ideas about outreach programs we can create to make that happen," said president and CEO Belinda Van Sickle.

"This advisory board will enable us to move forward with some of those initiatives and help us continue supporting existing programs like GameMentorOnline. We can't wait to see what a difference having this group will make for us, and ultimately everyone in the industry."

The new board includes Stephanie Barish - CEO, IndieCade; Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch - CEO, Silicon Sisters Interactive Inc.; Germaine Gioia - Founder/President, Playlife Media; Erin Hoffman - Game Design Lead, GlassLab Institute of Play; Bibi Jackson - GDC Events/ADC Events/Game Network Properties, UBM Tech; Ginger Maseda - Director Global Talent Acquisition, Electronic Arts; Kellee Santiago - Head of Developer Relations, OUYA; Tom Sloper - Faculty Video Games Information Technology Program, University of Southern California; Constance Steinkuehler - Co-Director Games+Learning+Society Center, UW-Madison; Mary-Margaret Walker - CEO, Mary-Margaret Network; Kelsey Wesley - Global Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Electronic Arts; and Careen Yapp - VP Business Development and Account Management, Gaikai.

"I want to continue the support of inclusion within the global gaming community, and I admire WIGI as an organization that does just that," said Wesley, new board member and global specialist on the Electronic Arts Diversity and Inclusion team.

You can learn more about what WIGI does by visiting www.getwigi.com.

Source: GII


Comments

Re: Women in Games International Names New Advisory Board ...

I'm glad we have more diversity it's good to know in this country you should get a job as long as your a certain colour or gender! As long as your not a white male of course lol. Oh goy

Re: Women in Games International Names New Advisory Board ...

I'd hope you'd realise it's about the inclusion and encouragement of women in the industry and not about quotas or exclusion of men. Don't let morons like the Sarkeesians of the world taint your perspective on women in video games.

Re: Women in Games International Names New Advisory Board ...

Seriously?

11% of game designers and 3% of programmers are women. They also earn on average much less than male games industry employees.

So relax, white male stud. That plethora of job opportunities afforded to you by your privilege is safe. You can happily go and feel unduly threatened by diversity elsewhere.

Re: Women in Games International Names New Advisory Board ...

"They also earn on average much less than male games industry employees."

I'm constantly dismayed how that is thrown about without the proper context. These averages come from a multitude of factors. In general it's not like a male and a female doing the same job in the same company are arbitrarily paid different wages. Life decisions and personal motivations play a part in this. This is why mentoring programs can help to provide women with the tools to get over bumps their male counterparts may not see as a problem. And this principle isn't limited to gender issues either.

 
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