No child should be made to feel like they don’t belong because of their ethnicity, gender or socio-economic background, but that is exactly what happens when young people fail to see people who look like them in senior positions of leadership. It limits their aspirations and stops many talented young people from reaching their full academic, career and leadership potential. This is not right, but together, we can do something about it.
Diversity is good for business
The importance of diversity and leadership in the 21st century workplace
There is no doubt about it that diversity is an aspiration for many businesses in the UK. Yet, there are many who would agree that there is still a distance to go until we see workforces and boardrooms that reflect the make up of today’s society. From a business perspective, greater diversity, at all levels, unlocks creativity and fuels growth. With the demand for leadership skills growing, it is imperative that the next generation, regardless of their background, is equipped with the skills to ensure that the UK remains competitive in the global marketplace.
As an organisation, we believe levels of aspiration should not be determined by a person’s gender, ethnicity or socio-economic background. Therefore, we have identified three main barriers that young people from these backgrounds face which in turn contribute to businesses being less diverse at all levels. These barriers include a lack of awareness, ability and access.
DLN offers businesses a unique opportunity to develop the next generation of diverse leaders by increasing young people’s awareness of different industries, developing their leadership abilities and providing access to a network of inspiring role models and further opportunities. So join us and our growing number of corporate partners.
Partner With Us
Together we can increase diversity in leadership and promote diversity in the workplace
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how you can support our work
Here are three of the main ways you can support
Whether it’s the CEO, the senior leadership team or junior leaders, we provide fun and engaging ways for your whole team to share their leadership experience with the next generation of budding leaders.
Offer insight days, work experience or school leaver/graduate schemes that we can share with our growing network of young people, and opportunities we can share with our growing network of diverse leaders.
Fund Our Work
Your financial support will enable us to help more schools meet the needs of all their students and provide funding for schools most in need.
Corporate Partner Case Studies
Here are some of the ways corporate organisations have supported us
Staff volunteers at Grosvenor set year 8 pupils at Pimlico Academy the challenge of coming up with regeneration ideas for a major landmark in Westminster and using their leadership skills to consider the social and economic impact of their ideas. The pupils were then invited to Grosvenor’s office in Mayfair to present their ideas for leadership to other Grosvenor staff, parents and teachers.
To celebrate Black History Month, we worked in partnership with the BBC to bring to life the untold stories of those who contributed to the culture, history and achievements of the UK black community. BBC staff volunteers, made up of journalists, producers and editors, taught ninety sixth form students from three London schools the art of storytelling. Students produced digital reports at the BBC office and their recorded stories were showcased as part of BBC’s Black and British season.
As part of their commitment to community engagement, Land Securities funded a number of our programmes, allowing us to prepare more students for the world of work. Land Securities offered pro-bono support to support with widening our school reach and developing a corporate strategy.
DLN participants of the Tomorrow’s Leaders Programme were given the opportunity to hold their end of programme leadership showcase at the Handel and Hendrix museum. Before the start of the showcase parents, leaders and guests were given the opportunity to tour the museum.
For our digital shorts project with Diverse Leaders Network, more than 40 BBC staff shared their professional skills and experience with nearly 90 Sixth Form students. In the process, the BBC staff gained valuable insights into the tastes, habits and social networks of the teenagers, and met the potential next generation of entrants into the creative industries.
I was so inspired by the students’ leadership speeches. The strength of their messages, their confidence and conviction was a joy to see. It reaffirmed how valuable it is to support these initiatives and to nurture the talent of the future.
I thoroughly enjoyed our session with Diverse Leaders Network and I have spoken about it to many of my peers over the last week and could not recommend it more highly to them. As current business leaders we have a real responsibility for generating the next generation of leaders.
Benefits to your organisation
Providing meaningful experiences and local community engagement
Opportunity to engage in meaningful activities that have a huge impact on a child’s future and the future of the UK.
Learning & Development
Opportunity for staff to co-deliver our sessions allowing colleagues to learn from one another and develop together.
Opportunity to promote school leaver/graduate programmes and leadership and career opportunities.
Opportunity to get to know more about the community in which your organisation serves.
Opportunity to access a talent pool of diverse leaders from junior to executive level across a range of sectors.
Opportunity to meet new people and develop meaningful life-long contacts.
Make An Enquiry
If you are interested in becoming a corporate partner, please complete this enquiry form and someone from the DLN team will be in touch to arrange a phone call or a meeting.
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