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Channel 4 inclusion and diversity manager Maria St Louis is among a string of media executives sharing their experiences in a free online training programme geared towards young female creatives.

St Louis will offer advice on building one’s brand, self-promotion and maintain a strong network in her session in a four-day programme organised by OK Mentor, a not-for-profit community to help young women build a successful career in the creative industries.

St Louis, who was appointed to the role in September last year, has worked for C4 for more than 17 years, primarily in sales roles, and co-chairs the 4Sales diversity taskforce.

She also chairs the C4 Collective, which advises on the recruitment, culture, progression and retention of BAME staff and devises ways to create positive change for the broadcaster’s BAME staff and to celebrate cultural events.

The programme also features Saatchi & Saatchi managing director Sarah Jenkins on breaking into the industry; Evening Standard fashion writer Naomi on building resilience and self-confidence; and Warner Bros vice-president of marketing, European theatrical Bethan Fallon on pitching and presentations.

OK Mentor will host the virtual sessions from 6-8pm on four nights across a fortnight from 26 April. St Louis’ session takes place on 4 May. For more information, go to: 

  • Separately, St Louis' predecessor as C4 head of diversity and inclusion Yasir Mirza, who currently occupies the same role at BBC Studios, has taken up a new role with the Financial Times.

    BBC Studios is now hunting a successor ahead of Mirza's departure in June.



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