Women in Gaming & Diversity Awards: 2020 voting now open

Voting for the 11th WiG Diversity & Employee Wellbeing Awards is now open.

Along with nominations for all categories being live, Clever Duck Media‘s list of the Gaming Industry’s Influential Women for 2020 has just been revealed.

Influential Women 

In total, 26 women have made the list. Included are NetEnt CEO Therese Hillman and Britt Boeskov – Chief Experience Officer for Kindred. Both also made iGaming Business’ ‘Most Influential Women list for 2019.

Other names include Denise Coates, CEO for bet365, and Ciara Nic Liam – Director of Product Gaming at Betsson Group.

Evolution UK Managing Director Helen Hedgeland and Betting & Gaming Council Chairperson Brigid Simmonds have also been recognised.

Nominations for all categories are open until 18th March. The WiG Awards will be held in May, at London’s Savoy Hotel. More information on this will be released in due course.

The full list of ‘Influential Women’ can be found below.

Women in gaming: current statistics 

According to the most recent ‘Gender Imbalance in Business’ report, only 13% of women in the Media & Online sector hold senior-level positions – including that of the CEO.

Meanwhile, 35% are in junior-level roles and 25% are in mid-level management.

“Fantastic” to see growing awareness

Lee-Ann Johnstone, Founder & CEO of AffiliateINSIDER, shared her thoughts on the WiG initiative,

“There are a number of businesses, media and leaders in our industry opening doors and helping young women step up and advance their careers in iGaming.

“It is fantastic to see such open adoption and recognition being given to those who strive to improve and promote diversity and develop their expertise in our industry.”

Lee-Ann, who is an ambassador for the All-In Diversity Project’s #OpenDoors campaign, will also be present at Betting on Sports America in April. During the event in New Jersey, she’ll be hosting a workshop about affiliate marketing.

She has reiterated that she welcomes people to message her on LinkedIn if they see her at this, and other future events to talk about affiliate marketing and building a career in this fast paced digital medium.