Each will be matched with a mentor – an experienced female PR figure – who will offer guidance through face-to-face meetings and other forms of contact. The project, in its second year, is a joint initiative between PRWeek and Women in PR that is designed to tackle the lack of female leaders in comms.
The 15 mentees are:
* Nathalie Agnew, MD, Muckle Media
* Amaya Alvarez, senior account director, Cirkle
* Claire Foster, PR manager, Direct Line
* Jo Green, associate director, Gung Ho Communications
* Rikki Jones, executive director, GCI Health
* Hayley Lewis, head of comms and engagement, London Borough of Croydon
* Beth Murray, director of public engagement, Only Connect
* Laura Oakley, account director, Cirkle
* Jen Patterson, European PR manager, Premier Farnell
* Emma Pointer, account director, Weber Shandwick
* Becky Potgieter, senior PR manager, O2
* Sarah Samee, senior strategic comms manager, Home Office
* Amy Stevens, PR manager (UK, Spain, Italy & Netherlands), Bang & Olufsen
* Suzanne Surridge, associate director, Cirkle
* Laura Weston, MD, Iris Worldwide.
They were chosen by a panel convened by Women in PR following an application process via PRWeek.
Women in PR president Mary Whenman said: "As a partner of PRWeek’s 2015 Mentoring Project we were very impressed with the calibre of the candidates, so judging was a difficult task. We would like to thank everyone who submitted an application. The standard was very high and we would encourage those not shortlisted this year to re-apply in the future when they have gained more experience."
To read about how the 2014 Mentoring Project helped the careers of both mentors and mentees, click here.