Queer Women of Esports

Queer Women of Esports is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to making competitive gaming a more inclusive place for queer women.

aka Queer Women of Esports   |   Washington, DC   |  https://www.queeresports.org/

Mission

Queer Women of Esports is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to making competitive gaming a more inclusive and equitable place for the LGBTQIA+ population. Given equal education, training, and opportunities, queer women can and will excel in all sectors of the esports and gaming industry.

Ruling year info

2020

Principal Officer

Dr. Lindsey Migliore

Main address

1115 Orren St NE

Washington, DC 20002 USA

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EIN

85-0627597

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Women's Rights (R24)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2019, women comprised 46% of video gamers and 30% of competitive video game (esports) watchers. In the top 500 of overall earners, there is only one woman listed at rank 320. Due to gate-keeping, toxic environments, and outward harassment, individuals that identify as female are pushed out or blatantly excluded from participation in this industry. The situation is exponentially worse for those who identify as non-binary, queer, or trans.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mentorship

This program seeks to better prepare queer women for their careers via the development of industry-relevant skills. Through mentorship, our aim is to create effective, lasting relationships with the overall goal of advancing the career of our mentees, while further honing the leadership skills of our mentors.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Women and girls

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

QWE is currently run by a team of women and non-binary individuals with extensive backgrounds in STEM, marketing, and business. We use analytics and scientific systems proven in other fields with similar demographics to provide career advancement opportunities for under-represented esports competitors and professionals.
We are working towards a competitive video gaming industry based on merit, inclusion, and growth.

Our four pillars are: awareness, advocacy, empowerment, and innovation.
In order to fix a problem, it first must be recognized. Through partnered social events and panels, we are shedding light on the situation that queer individuals must deal with in order to be a part of the conversation.
Advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ population is accomplished by providing diversity and inclusion, as well as esports consulting. We offer D/I training to the esports and gaming industry to identify areas of exclusion and effectively nullify them. Furthermore, we provide consulting services to organizations whose missions align with our own, and wish to produce an event in the esports space. QWE is working with Init Esports to produce “RaceMe”, a virtual racing event featuring Hope Solo (former USWNT), Aerial Powers (WNBA), Oksana Masters (paralympian), Liv Morgan (WWE), Madison Packer (NWHL), and Madison Hammond (NWSL).
Empowerment is accomplished through career advancement resources provided free of charge, as well as scholarships for players who wish to compete.
Finally, our innovation pillar is centered around our mentorship program, which pairs industry experts with queer women early in their careers.

Our organization is comprised of four doctors, lawyers, and industry leading marketing and finance professionals. Our capabilities are endless once we have achieved funding.

Since our soft launch in June 2019, we have held greater than 20 panels, focusing on areas such as: content creation in esports, networking, mentorship, Latinx in esports, & finding success. We hosted a gaming event in partnership with the National Women’s Hockey League, launched our mentorship program & partnered with Init Esports to produce Race Me. We will be holding a Diversity and Inclusion Summit in January of 2021 featuring the industry’s experts.
Our hard launch will take place in February of 2021, at that time we will be hosting a major gaming tournament and launching merchandise.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The first few panels we held were diverse in terms of gender-identity and sexual orientation, but were had a noticeable absence of BIPOC representation. We realized that we were reaching out on social media, but not directly to organizations that advocate for specifically BIPOC representation in gaming. Moving forward, we reached out to those organizations first prior to any other outreach.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Queer Women of Esports

Board of directors
as of 4/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lindsey Migliore

Dr. Lindsey Migliore

Lauren Adams

Dr. Melita Moore

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/02/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/23/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.