The Xbox Mentoring Program Launches: Register Now

The Xbox Mentoring Program Launches: Register Now
The Xbox Mentoring Program Launches: Register Now 1

Xbox is excited to announce the official launch of the Xbox Mentoring Program focused on bringing women in gaming careers together across Xbox’s diverse range of studios and products with upcoming talent.

First introduced on International Women’s Day, the Xbox Mentoring Program gives you the chance to access valuable 1-on-1 coaching sessions with key leaders in select markets such as the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan and Korea and more markets will follow.

If you aspire to a career in gaming and live in the regions mentioned above, register below for the Xbox Mentor in your country and have a chance to access their coaching session. Entries will be accepted from now through April 6, 2022.


Meet your Xbox mentors


Hailey Geller (SHE/HER) Xbox Social Marketing Manager Region: USA

Hailey Geller (she her)
Xbox Social Marketing Manager
Region: USA

Hailey is a strategic creative marketer who specializes in creating suggestive and meaningful campaigns for your favorite games and products.

Register here: xbox.com/mentoring


Louise O'Connor (she/her) Executive Producer of Everwild Region: UK

Louise O’Connor (she her)
Executive Producer of Everwild
Region: UK

Louise has worked in the gaming industry for over 20 years and loves to create games that players remember. She started out as an animator and has had the privilege of working on some of the incredible Rare IPs enjoyed by players around the world. Now she takes care of the team responsible for creating the studio’s new exciting IP: Everwild.

Register here: xbox.com/mentoring


Venessa Nyarko (She/Her) Producer at The Coalition Region: Canada

Venessa Nyarko (she her)
Producer at The Coalition
Region: Canada

Venessa’s role at The Coalition involves bringing teams together to develop cohesive stories between gameplay, cinematic footage, and the sequences in between to create a unified experience for players. She develops the framework to make the best plays, get the right people in the right conversations, and bring all the pieces together for an epic end result.

Register here: xbox.com/mentoring


Tania Chee (she/her) Xbox Business Lead, Australia and New Zealand Region: Australia and New Zealand

Tania Chee (she her)
Xbox Business Lead, Australia and New Zealand
Region: Australia & New Zealand

As Xbox Business Lead for Australia and New Zealand, Tania is responsible for driving the gaming platform’s business growth in Tasmania. Tania’s career spans over 20 years in roles in Australia and the UK, from IT startups to managing Microsoft’s gaming, consumer software and office operations through the retail channel.
Tania joined Team Xbox in the UK in 2008 and moved into the Australian business in 2011 to drive Xbox’s subscription business focused on growing subscribers and launching key app partners on the platform. Having also been involved in the success of multiple console generations and launches, Tania was announced as the Lead for Xbox ANZ in 2018, after a decade with the brand.

Register here: xbox.com/mentoring


Ina Gelbert (she/her) Director of Xbox France Region: France

Ina Gelbert (she her)
Director of Xbox France
Region: France

As the first woman to lead the Xbox team in France, Ina’s main motivation is to make gaming a diverse, safe and inclusive environment. With professional experiences in both the FMCG and game industries, she brings multicultural views and perspectives from different backgrounds to any discussion.

Register here: xbox.com/mentoring


Melek Balgün (she/her) Esports |  Web |  TV |  Event host region: Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Melek Balgun (she her)
Esports | Web | TV | Event host
Region: Germany, Austria & Switzerland

Melek is a former professional gamer who started her career at ESL. Hosting and moderating is second nature to her, both online and on the big stage. Her web magazine “Art of Gaming” for TV station arte was nominated for the Grimme Award in 2018.

Register here: xbox.com/mentoring


Mie Koshimizu (she/her) Xbox Category Manager Region: Japan

Mie Koshimizu (she her)
Xbox Category Manager
Region: Japan

Originally from Japan, Mie is the Xbox Category Manager supporting the Asian Xbox team in Singapore. She is known for her kindness and enthusiasm for her work. Mie is passionate about advocating for Women in Gaming – especially in Asia – and encouraging all gamers, including those in the industry, to share their passion. Since graduating with a master’s degree in business analytics, Mie has expanded her knowledge and skills in consumer, market analysis/research and user experience, as well as stories that identify customer demands and needs. Always looking for a new challenge, she enjoys working in a demanding environment and is willing to learn new things every day.

Register here: xbox.com/mentoring


Boyoun Kim (she/her) Communications Manager Xbox Region: Korea

Boyoun Kim (she her)
Communications Manager Xbox
Region: Korea

Boyoun is communications manager at Xbox and leads market communications in both Korea and Japan. She is experienced in communications with deep regional experience in corporate reputation management, issues and crisis communications. After earning her master’s degree in social policy from the London School of Economics, Boyoun has developed an understanding of communication campaign planning and implementation and regional digital and social media marketing strategies. She has over 10 years of experience working for hardware manufacturer Lenovo, Google and a Germany-based start-up.

Register here: xbox.com/mentoring


With the Xbox Mentoring Program, Xbox is opening up their world to inspire and support the next generation of female leaders in gaming. We are more than excited to share our knowledge and hope the program generates meaningful engagements with tangible and targeted actions to advance career development in the game industry. Attend the Xbox Mentoring Program website for more information about the program.

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