Florida-based esports organisation Misfits Gaming Group (MGG) has launched the ‘Women of Misfits’ platform to mentor and inspire women within the sports and gaming sector.
The Women of Misfits platform includes a monthly speaker series with ‘industry leaders and visionaries’ which will be broadcast on MGG’s YouTube channel. Moderated by MGG executives, the sessions will focus on mentorship, development, networking, and advocacy.
Confirmed speakers include pro tennis player Chris Evert, comedian and YouTube personality GloZell Green, and the first black woman to serve as a professional baseball coach, Bianca Smith. Angela Ruggiero, CEO and Co-Founder of Sports Innovation Lad, four-time Olympian, and gold medalist for the USA Hockey team, has also been announced for the monthly series alongside Maya Enista Smith, the Executive Director of the Born This Way Foundation.
The platform will be led by female executives within MGG including:
- Chief Development Officer Hillary Matchett
- President of Media & Branding Ella Pravetz
- Chief Revenue Officer Lagen Nash
- President of Misfits Agency Amy Palmer
- VP of Communications Becca Henry
- Chief Wellness Adviser Carolyn Rubenstein, PhD
- Co-Founder Laurie Silvers
Ben Spoont, CEO and co-founder of Misfits Gaming Group commented: “I am truly inspired and amazed with our women at MGG and their many accomplishments and eager to watch this platform ascend. The determination and dedication to push one another to break the boundaries as women within the esports industry is remarkable, and I am confident this platform will resonate not only within MGG, but also within our wider community.”
Women at MGG will be paired with female mentors throughout the organisation to provide guidance and advice for career advancement. Participants will be encouraged to network, collaborate on ideas, and build support groups.
Lagen Nash, MGG Chief Revenue Officer, added: “Our network within MGG expands beyond esports and gaming to traditional sports and corporate America and that is something we will utilise. In addition, we want to draw attention to the inequalities women face within the workplace and esports industry and celebrate initiatives that are working to drive change.”
Misfits cite a statistic that nearly 40 percent of all gamers are female, with 80 percent of them being 18 or older. The Women of Misfits initiative aims to provide a space for women to discuss ideas and be inspired by influential women.
Becca Henry, MGG Vice President of Communications said: “We are incredibly excited with the endless opportunities these first two pillars [mentorship and development] represent. We want women to feel inspired and motivated to succeed with trusted mentors at their side cheering them on.
“Additionally, to hear from influential females who are trailblazing their paths to success through diverse sets of experience is tremendous and we’re excited to kick things off with our first line-up of speakers.”
Esports Insider says: The Women of Misfits initiative is a great example of pursuing diversity while addressing underlying problems. Female professionals are capable, but often lack mentorship, networking, or role models. Hopefully, many women and girls will be inspired by MGG’s efforts.