The International Union of Cinemas has launched its Women’s Cinema Leadership Scheme, a one-year pilot mentoring program for women in cinema exhibition. The program will provide six rising female European cinema professionals with the unique opportunity to network with and receive one-to-one career advice from a group of senior female executives recognized for their leadership and business success across the wider cinema landscape.
Some of the most successful women leaders from the industry have joined the scheme as mentors, including: Edna Epelbaum, Swiss cinema operator and President of the Swiss Cinema Association; Montse Gil, Vice-President and General Manager of Paramount Pictures Spain; Veronica Lindholm, Managing Director at Finnkino, Finland; Corinne Thibaut, International Director, Cinema & Leisure at Coca-Cola, based in Belgium; Dee Vassili, Executive Director Group HR at VUE Entertainment International, UK; and Michelle Walsh, Chief Operating Officer at VOX Cinemas, United Arab Emirates.
The program represents a key element of efforts by UNIC to address the current under-representation of women in decision-making roles in cinema exhibition.
Welcoming the launch of the program, UNIC President Phil Clapp said, “More widespread representation of women at senior levels in our industry is not just a matter of fairness; it is also the key to business growth and better governance. There is clearly much that can be done to encourage and empower emerging female professionals in cinema exhibition, in particular through identifying role models and establishing support mechanisms for high potential female talent. In launching this pilot, UNIC hopes to be helping to take some small steps in addressing this issue. We don’t pretend it will be all of the answer. But we hope it will be a beginning. We are truly grateful to all the mentors and mentees involved in the program and wish them an exciting and empowering next 12 months.”
UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Pilot is a pan-European, cross-sector program, involving nine companies across eight countries.
The International Union of Cinemas www.unic-cinemas.org