On September 17, INMA awarded 30 young professionals around the world with its debut “30 Under 30” award as part of its Young Professionals Initiative. This is the first in a series of 30 features about these impressive rising media stars who are shaping our industry.
As a student at the London School of Economics, Virginia Stagni was writing her dissertation about the sustainability of the news industry and reached out to FT’s leaders via LinkedIn. They spotted her entrepreneurial mind and spirit, and she joined FT as a programme coordinator for an education start-up before moving into her current role as business development manager and FT Talent director.
In this position, she has headed the new “FT Talent” division, giving access and potential job opportunities at FT to a pool of younger talents from diverse backgrounds and countries. Her FT Talent Challenge initiative is a hackathon type of experience to developing ideas to drive a new digital culture, especially among college-age readers.
This now annual event attracts more than 5,000 applications from five continents and more than 50 countries. And FT hires 30% of participants.
“This initiative is really moving the needle for our brand,” Stagni said. “It is a very powerful way of showcasing the FT as a ‘place to be’ and developing our younger audience.”
Stagni was one of six regional Grand Prize winners in the INMA competition, representing Europe.