The International Women’s Media Foundation is thrilled to launch a new initiative, the Gwen Ifill Mentorship Program. This initiative is supported by the Grant for Equity in Reporting from the CBS Corporation to address the lack of diversity and women in leadership positions across newsrooms in the United States. The program is named after our dear friend Gwen Ifill, an incredible role model and mentor.
The benefits of mentorship have been well documented – in an age when women are shattering glass ceilings in every industry, leaders who look back and help lift other women up the ladder of success are sorely needed. The IWMF’s Gwen Ifill Mentorship Program will assemble a select cohort of women journalists and a cadre of professionals to enhance their career growth. This will be a valuable professional development opportunity for women journalists from underrepresented backgrounds, laying the groundwork for their success and future leadership in the news industry. The program will cover a wide range of professional development topics including cultivating networks, negotiating salary, building a portfolio and applying for fellowships and grants.