May 19, 2023
London– Bloomberg’s New Voices launched a new cohort of media training for female business and finance executives in London with a networking reception at the Science Museum on Thursday.
The launch event featured a conversation with Nicola Mendelsohn, Head of Global Business Group at Meta, and Bloomberg anchor, Francine Lacqua. There were also remarks from EMEA Editorial Head Jacqueline Simmons, London Bureau Chief Ruth David and Bloomberg News Senior Executive Editor and New Voices Founder Laura Zelenko, who joined other guests from the world of finance, business and media to celebrate the opening of applications for the London cohort.
Bloomberg’s Laura Zelenko said: “Many of our New Voices alumni have told me that in the past they have received inadequate training and weren’t fully supported to speak to the media despite their years of business and financial experience. The spokesperson role would typically go to a male colleague. Through New Voices, we are disrupting that system and making our platforms more accessible to a broader range of experts and diversifying our coverage”.
New Voices is a global initiative created by Bloomberg to provide intensive, one-on-one media training for women and underrepresented executives in the business and finance sectors.
The initiative was created by Bloomberg in 2018 to improve the representation of women and diverse voices as sources in the media industry.
Since its launch, New Voices has more than tripled its representation of female guests on Bloomberg Television to 34% at the end of 2022. It has provided sponsored media training for more than 500 executives in over a dozen cities around the world, and created a definitive global database of female experts in business and finance, featuring over 8,500 individuals.
London was one of the inaugural cities to host New Voices. The program now runs in 14 cities globally, with further international expansions planned including later this month with a launch in Frankfurt, Germany. Other cities to host the program include: New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Zurich, Paris, Dubai, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney, Washington D.C. and Singapore.