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Elevating Voices: Free Media Training for Women in Fintech

The Heard, the women in fintech spokesperson index, is hosting a free media training programme in May for women and non-binary people working in fintech and financial services.

Launched in 2022, The Heard wants to help event organisers, producers and journalists source more diverse voices in their panels, podcasts and articles to help shine a light on more women in fintech and financial services. Its index currently features more than 100 global speakers, covering a wealth of topics, from companies such as Wise, Starling, Stripe, Lloyds Banking Group, Coutts and American Express.

Its free media training programme is targeted at startup founders looking to secure more press and those working in bigger companies being asked to do more external speaking. It will address account industry specific issues, including a personal branding segment to help secure and handle opportunities.

Chantal Swainston, founder of The Heard, says: “Our index is one step in shining a light on underrepresented talent in the industry, but there’s so much more we can do to ensure that women and non-binary people are given strong representation in the media.

“Running this session free of charge allows anyone in the industry regardless of background or budget, the opportunity to understand how they can prepare for media opportunities.”

Hosted in EY’s Canary Wharf offices on Wednesday 15 May 2024, the short session (between two to three hours) will house around 10 attendees. Deadline for applications is Friday 19 April.

To apply, email chantalfromtheheard@gmail.com with the following information:

  • Your name and current position
  • What sort of topics you’d be most keen to improve your spokesperson skills for

  • What sort of media opportunities you’re most keen to do

  • Reasons why you think you would benefit from free media training

  • Whether you have undertaken media training before

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