Femme It Forward, a female-led music and entertainment company, has announced that mentee applications are now open for the third year of Next Gem Femme, a mentorship program aimed at accelerating career opportunities and trajectories of young women of color. Developed to help improve equity in the workplace, the program blends a wide range of industries by pairing promising talent with female industry titans and entrepreneurs in music, media, entertainment, and technology.
Following two impactful years of the program, Next Gem Femme returns with over 100 mentors with careers in marketing, publicity, live & touring, business development, talent management, artist relations and more – from companies such as Google, Amazon, Apple Music, CAA, Live Nation, NBC Universal, Netflix, Republic Records, and YouTube. Each Next Gem Femme mentee receives professional coaching, industry insights, and networking opportunities.
The third year of the program will create opportunities for over 100 female mentees of color pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees or currently serving in entry-level positions. Next Gem Femme once again plans to award at least half of the mentee spots to students from historically Black colleges and universities.
“Femme It Forward is beyond excited to join forces with Google Pixel to launch the Femme It Future Scholarship. This scholarship is our commitment to nurturing the next generation of female leaders who will shatter barriers, break stereotypes, and create a future filled with equality and empowerment,” Lowery said. “Google Pixel is at the forefront of incorporating diversity and inclusivity in its technology and products. We believe that empowering young women with education and opportunities is the key to unlocking their limitless potential. By offering transformative scholarships and coveted mentorship opportunities, our partnership can create change together that empowers the next generation.”
In addition to the prestigious scholarship, select students will also be treated to special care packages meticulously curated with a blend of cutting-edge Google technologies and high-quality products sourced exclusively from women-owned businesses. These care packages will serve as a reminder of the unwavering support from Femme It Forward and Google Pixel, emphasize the importance of women empowering women, and foster a vibrant community of trailblazers.
Next Gem Femme is a comprehensive program focused on long-term development, with each mentorship beginning with a one-year partnership and the opportunity to build moving forward.
The application period for mentees will close on Friday, June 16, 2023, at 9 pm (PST). Mentors and mentees will be paired in August, prior to the beginning of the third year of Next Gem Femme, which officially launches in September. Femme It Future applications will be available to mentees after the program launch.
For more information and to apply, visit www.femmeitforward.com.