Rise announces 2021 mentoring schemes, adding North America to its UK and Singapore locations

Mar 9, 2021

Rise, the membership group for gender diversity within the broadcast technology media sector announced its sponsors for 2021/22, and also the launch of this year’s mentoring scheme.

2021 sees the expansion and growth of Rises’ education arm ‘Rise Up’, as well as its fourth annual mentoring scheme in the UK, its second in Singapore, and the introduction of its first mentoring scheme in North America.

Rise mentoring is a free, six-month programme to support women working in, or aspiring to work in the broadcast technology media sector. Past mentees have come from a variety of job roles including engineering, technical operations, sales, marketing and business development. Applications are welcome from women who are working full time, part time or freelance and of any age group above the age of 18.  Applications for all schemes open today and close on Friday 09 April 2021.

These schemes are made possible due to the support from industry. Rise’s current industry sponsors for 2021/22 are:

Headline Sponsors for Rise Up: BT Sport | Discovery | ITV

Mentoring Scheme Sponsors

Gold: Avid | Gravity Media | Sony

Silver: Blackmagic Design | Clear-Com | DPP | Moov | Red Bee | Timeline

Bronze: ENVY | M2A Media | Object Matrix | Pixelogic | Source Elements

North America: ASA Pro (Silver) | G-Technology (Silver) | Source Elements (Bronze) | Avid | Broadfield | Clear-Com

Singapore: Avid | Digigram

Sponsorship for the mentoring schemes and Rise’s other activities are still available.


The 2021 mentoring programme sees a variety of experienced broadcast sector industry representatives, at a diversity of levels of seniority, ready to offer expertise, knowledge and guidance to our mentees.

Its mentees benefit from a range of support, including one-to-one mentoring contact with their pairing, monthly group meetings, facilitated peer-to-peer support and access to networking and workshops.

Carrie Wootten, Managing Director of Rise, said: “We are delighted to announce the 2021 mentoring programme and look forward to receiving the international mentee applications, especially those in North America for the first time.  We know that the support provided through the programme is needed now more than ever during these times.”

Having recently launched its 16-18 year old mentoring programme in partnership with University Technical Colleges, Rise will be expanding this programme of work to support more young women across England and also returning to primary schools, delivering its hands on practical broadcast workshops, when it is safe to do so.

Wootten added: “I would like to thank the incredible generosity of all of our sponsors, which enable us to bring our programmes of work to women in the industry across three regions and for us also to develop our education arm Rise Up, which is critical in inspiring, educating and informing the next generation of talent. I am looking forward to working with them all to collectively reach our ambition of a gender balanced and diverse workforce.”

To find out more about the Rise Mentoring Programme, click here.

Mentee applications open from Monday 8 March with the deadline of Friday 9 April 2021 to submit applications.

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