Happy International Women’s Day!
To celebrate International Women’s Day and kick off our Women in Gaming series for Women’s History Month, we wanted to highlight the women of Super League who help bring your gaming events and experiences to life.
With the launch of the very first Galentine’s Games last month, the women of Super League are uniting forces to strengthen diversity and inclusion efforts at the company, and within the gaming and esports communities at large. While these efforts aim to empower women within Super League’s player community, the goal is to spread values including equality and intersectionality to the greater gaming community and beyond.
This month, Super League hopes that our Women in Gaming content series will help spread awareness about systematic gender inequalities that persist within gaming and esports spaces, and begin to counteract those inequalities by recognizing, uplifting, and strengthening our community of femme-identifying players and partners. We’d like to kick off this series by introducing the women on our team working to serve this community and create a better working world for women in gaming:
To the Women at Super League,
We’re so grateful to have you as part of our team, and we’re excited to put the spotlight on you today.
The women on Super League team come from a variety of backgrounds, some finding their start at the company and others coming from industries including entertainment and advertising.
Most of us were drawn to Super League because of our love of gaming, like Michelle D’Antionio, Senior Social Media & Community Manager, who has built a network of fellow gamers through cosplay. Molly Doering, Lead Support Specialist, cites her passion for fostering communities as her main draw to the esports space, while Audrey Miano, Social Media & Community Coordinator, is inspired by Super League’s “dedication to diversity and inclusivity.”
However, not all of us intentionally made the jump into the gaming industry. While Christine Tim, Senior Accountant, claimed that Super League was an opportunity that “fell into her lap” coincidentally after being introduced to the staffing industry, Mikka Pineda (Software Engineer), Cat McLoughlin (Software Developer), and Anne Gailliot (Chief of Staff) had the opposite experience – they fell into esports—or, as Mikka put it, “the rabbit hole.”
To the Women Before Us,
We enjoy the opportunities we have today because of you.
When asked who it was that inspired her, Anne Gailliot stated, “she won’t like the attention, but Ann Hand!” There’s no denying that Ann has laid the foundation for the women of Super League, women in gaming, and women entrepreneurs to succeed. Her wise words, “There comes a time in life when you need to make a brave move,” inspired Super League’s VP of Partnerships and Strategic Marketing Nikki Shum to take a risk and transition to gaming. Hers and attitudes like it motivate all of us here to be courageous.
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Alex Salamunovich, Production Manager for Super League’s Creative Team, was inspired by Soe Gschwind-Penski’s success as an esports caster and commentator in a male-dominated field. To a similar end, Molly stated, “Any woman who is willing to put up a fight inspires me,” citing Yvette Martinez-Rea of ESL as one of many of her heroes. Michelle praised Meagan Marie—who wrote an entire book about women in gaming!—for her work ethic.
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Cat pointed to Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton as her sources of inspiration, while Mikka listed Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Amelia Earhart as her feminine heroes. Audrey is grateful for the “women who have touched [her] heart and soul through their writing,” such as Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde, Maxine Hong Kingston, Kimberle Crenshaw, and Octavia Butler.
Women in Our Families
Of course, how can we forget the women who have lived alongside us as we’ve grown? Michelle, Lily Lewis (Product Marketing Coordinator), and Christine all cited their moms as the “superhero” and “powerhouse” of their lives. Nikki describes her two sisters as “the definition of fierce,” and loves that they’ve shown her what it means to be a working mother.
To the Women After Us,
We hope that we can lay the foundation to help you grow, even if only in small ways. Here are some nuggets of wisdom and advice that our team had to offer:
- Alex: “Don’t be afraid to reach out to people you admire for advice! I’ve found that because it’s such a new industry, many people who work in esports are more than happy to chat with people about it.”
- Anne: “Be open minded and give things a try.”
- Audrey: “Say yes to as many opportunities as you can. Vulnerability and imperfection are okay. Take small but sure steps—it only takes getting a foot in the door to open up new worlds for yourself.”
- Cat: “Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t belong. When doing hard things, mistakes are going to be made, but if you have the will to succeed and a good attitude, you belong.”
- Christine: “Build a network and surround yourself with uplifting and motivating people who want to see you succeed.”
- Lily: “Don’t let yourself be the obstacle preventing you from bigger things. Be fearless!”
- Michelle: “Be confident in yourself and be the change you want to see. If you’re looking for a community, I started a Ladies Who League Facebook group when I first joined Super League!”
- Mikka: “People don’t respect doormats. So speak up.”
- Molly: “Don’t get in your head too much, and don’t let your gender define your skills. Mindset is everything!”
- Nikki: “Find a female mentor – someone who inspires you, lifts you up and will continue to support you. And if you don’t have one but you identify someone who could be your mentor, then just ask if they’ll be that person for you.”
Keep an eye on our blog and social channels in the upcoming weeks as we continue to spotlight and profile women in gaming, within our Super League communities and beyond.