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Developing leaders with the Powerlist Foundation

Working with the Powerlist Foundation to develop leadership skills for undergraduates from African and Afro-Caribbean backgrounds

FY16 marked four years of our collaboration with the Powerlist Foundation charity through our leadership programme for high-potential undergraduates from African and Afro-Caribbean backgrounds. The programme is aimed at helping increase the representation of this demographic among our future leadership in society.

To date, the programme has engaged over 250 participants by developing their leadership skills using a mix of speakers, training sessions, mentoring and buddying.

Alumni of the programme are already beginning to make their mark in different ways. For example, two alumni from our 2013 programme joined forces to establish their own online marketing business – Fanbytes - which is currently going from strength to strength and attracting positive endorsements.

It really gave me the inspiration to actually change my thinking, knowing that I’m capable of taking the steps to start my own successful business

Ambrose Cooke, who founded Fanbytes alongside Timothy Armoo.

One of our 2011 alumni, Rachael Owhin, has gone on to mentor other participants and complete her Masters at Oxford. She part-financed the latter via crowd-funding and her success has inspired others to do the same. Rachael tells us that one of her biggest takeaways from the programme was “… networking with super-ambitious, like-minded people…They’ve really helped me raise my aspirations. It gave me that push to go for things. It made me think about leadership in a new way. Thinking about service and giving back. It’s taught me a lot about myself and to do things differently.”

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