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The search for a BAME Prime Minister and FTSE 100 CEO has begun

Thirty outstanding individuals are being called upon, for the prestigious Pathway to Success Leadership residential at Blavatnik School of Government and Magdalen College, University of Oxford.

The innovative programme seeks to equip talented BAME individuals with the tools and knowledge required to step up to senior leadership positions.

After the week-long course, participants are given a very senior mentor from the Magdalen College illustrious alumni. This year includes William Hague, Michael Jay, Dido Harding and Stewart Wood.

Participants are selected based on their proven leadership skills and will undertake a week of intensive coaching and master classes to build their confidence, know-how and familiarity with senior leadership settings around politics, governance, community, business and civic environments.

Despite the uncertainty of Coronavirus, organisers are making sure that Pathway to Success still goes ahead, when it is safe to do so. The programme aims to send out the message that diverse leadership is essential in politics and civil society, universities, business and wider society.

Operation Black Vote (OBV), Europe’s leading BAME organisation has a proven track record of nurturing BAME political and civic talent.

Alumni of Operation Black Vote, have also competed in the Pathway for Success Leadership programme. Which has now enabled members to run campaigns in big cities and boroughs, becoming Members of Parliament, Ministers and Shadow Ministers.

OBV alumna Sandra Stewart said:

"The Pathway programme has enabled me to develop, cultivate, and possess the critical thinking, acting and execution of collective and courageous decision-making; and forthright, progressive and compassionate leadership.

"The recruitment and delivery by OBV initially, and the wider partners throughout the programme has been constantly encouraging, life-affirming and simply inspiring. I’ve been seeking and identifying roles in leadership ever since."

Lord Simon Woolley, OBV Director said:

"We are excited to be embarking on Year Two of this very special leadership programme with our fantastic partners and led by first class speakers and world leading experts. The programme is an opportunity to identify and carve out the BME leaders of the future. If you have the ambition and passion to lead at the very top - this programme was made for you."

As a collective partnership with the University of Oxford’s Magdalen College and Blavatnik School of Government, the House of Commons, Lloyds Banking Group and Operation Black Vote, the programme will also offer seminars, Q&As, political cafés, and a site visit of Parliament including talks by political luminaries.

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The closing date for applications is Sunday 7th June 2020.


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