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Relaunch Project returns to help women returning to the workforce

Women in Media Australia is proud to announce that we have teamed up again with the Google News Initiative to bring back the unique, exclusive Relaunch Project for 2023.

The program is designed to equip and upskill women in media returning to the workforce after taking time out from their careers.

The Relaunch Project will invite a select group of women to participate in a program tailored specifically to their needs as they re-enter the workplace.

Successful candidates will receive:

  1. 10 specialised and intensive virtual workshops over six months focusing on leadership, media industry directions, new technologies and work/life balance;

  2. Help to build your brand;

  3. A starter pack for the Relaunch Project, welcoming and inducting you into the program;

  4. An invitation to the launch event to announce the 2023 cohort;

  5. A ticket to our Women in Media National Conference in 2023 [if COVID-19 allows] where you will benefit from two days of hearing from industry leaders, participating in workshops, and taking advantage of valuable networking opportunities;

  6. One-on-one mentoring with an industry professional; and

  7. Be paired with another member from the Relaunch Project, helping to support and build a connection as you navigate through the program and mentoring sessions.

Ready to Relaunch

Apply now to be part of this unique, groundbreaking project.


Do you know a woman who would benefit from the Relaunch Project? Nominate them now.

Women in Media co-chair Kathy McLeish said the Relaunch Project helped support women in media to make a confident and successful shift back to the workplace.

“We bring together and support women at a similar moment in life; tapping their hunger to learn, and desire to re-engage while understanding the pressures and juggles of life and career,” she said.

“We achieve this together by upskilling professionally, building confidence through mentoring and exposure to inspirational speakers, as well as raising the profile and rebuilding the personal brand of participants through leadership training, practical workshops and connecting to a like-minded network that lasts beyond the program.

“Our goal is to shake up the status quo and improve diversity, equality and inclusion in the media industry.”

Rebecca McLaren and Sally Dillon.

Rebecca McLaren participated in the 2022 Relaunch Project.

“I doubt there are enough thank-yous in the world to express how much this project was exactly what I needed and has helped me so much,” she said.

Fellow 2022 participant Sally Dillon echoed the sentiment.

“It’s been very helpful to identify my strengths, think about how I might use these to re-enter the workplace and supercharge my career and learn practical skills I can use as I re-establish myself in the workplace,” she said.

“I learn something different from each session.”

Google News Initiative’s Uma Patel described partnering with Women in Media to offer the Relaunch Project as a “truly a unique and special opportunity”.

“The Google News Initiative works side-by-side with the media industry to build a more sustainable, diverse, and innovative news ecosystem,” she said.

“By supporting the Relaunch Project, GNI is helping to build a resilient future for news in Australia.”

Women in Media co-chairs Cath Webber and Kathy McLeish..

Women in Media co-chair Cath Webber said the organisation was overwhelmed by the amazing feedback on the Relaunch Project.

“The sessions have been informative and inspiring, with a warm and supportive camaraderie within the group,” she said.

“We are delighted at feedback from participants that they’ve grown personally and professionally.

“They have told us the program helped to identify their strengths; they learned a lot about themselves, developed new skill sets and the program has boosted their career prospects.”

The 2022 Relaunch Project lead, Michelle Francis, said it was “phenomenal to be a part of creating a program so needed by women”.

“And to see how it really benefitted and made a difference to the 2022 cohort was incredibly rewarding,” she said.

“I am really looking forward to meeting next year’s cohort and watching the impact the Relaunch Project can really make in helping women relaunch their careers.”

The Google News Initiative is a concerted effort to work with the media industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age.

Applications for the Relaunch Project close on August 7, 2022.

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