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HR Zone: Diversity and Inclusion by James Adeleke

Generation Success Founder and President James Adeleke has made a contribution to HR zone to demonstrate why Diversity and Inclusion is the future of Business and why it is time to champion greater social mobility for young talent. He elaborates on why class and social status shouldn’t be a barrier to entry into a career in today’s society.
With more than 5 years experience in working to champion Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace through Generation Success, James applies his personal experience and notes that “Companies need to throw out the rulebook when it comes to employing young people and put in place new ways and means that give prospective employees more opportunity to shine.”
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Macfarlanes LLP host Black History Month Special in collaboration with Generation Success

As part of their programe to drive more diversity within the legal profession, Macfarlanes LLP held a Black History Month Special on the 24thof October.

Macfarlanes provided 15 mentors who spoke about the job opportunites at the firm and how they can be accessed.

For this event, Macfarlanes collaborated with Generation Success, a social enterprise that works to advance social mobility and tackle the non educational barriers into the elite proffessions.

Generation Success works with organisations to change their diverse talent recruitment & retention practices.

This event was the 4thBlack History Month Special Generation Success has held.

Through their Black History Month Specials, Generation Success wants to raise the aspirations of BAME youth and to break the educational myth by:

  • Highlighting BAME industry leaders to break the glass ceiling
  • Informing audiences of what professional job opportunities are available and how they can enter them
  • Increasing attendees social capital

The night’s event consisted of:

  • Speed Mentoring (Think ‘Speed Dating’, but for your career)
  • Featured Speakers (BAME industry leaders)
  • Q&A session with the featured speakers
  • Networking session

At the event there were 30 mentors from Macfarlanes and Alix Partnersand 6 featured speakers.

The featured speakers were:

  • Lorraine Wright, Director at UBS
  • Rose St Louis, Head of Strategic Partnership at Zurich Insurance Ltd
  • Elton Ndoma-Ogarr, Head of Diversity and inclusion at Alix Partners
  • Jennifer Thomas, Director of Internal Communications & Experience at Direct Line Group
  • Jat Bains, Partner at Macfarlanes
  • Sophia Aluko, Head of Service Management at Barclays

This event attracted over a hundred attendees who were a mixture of students and professionals.

Generation Success’ past Black History Month Events have attracted 600 people in total.

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TD Securities’ to run their UK first undergraduate internship

TD Securities’ will be holding their first UK undergraduate internship programme this summer 2020 for first and second year undergraduate students.

TD Securities’ is a Canadian investment bank and financial services provider andoffers a full range of financial products and services to over 25 million customers worldwide.

Their summer internship is a 10 week long paid role in one of the following areas; Sales, Technology, Legal Compliance or Operations.

Interns will be given responsibility to develop a core skill set and will be able to gain a wide experience of TD Securities’ front office, support and control functions providing them a foundation to a career at TD Securities.

To bring this opportunity to undergraduate students, TD Securities has partnered up with Generation Success.

Generation Success is a social enterprise who works to advance social mobility and tackle the non educational barriers into the elite proffessions.

Withrich experience in working with organisations and young people to help connect talent with employers, Generation Success works to remove barriers to create equal access and opportunities.

Generation Success has plans to grow to a national level, next year they will be expanding to Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. They are looking to engage employers that are keen to do engage with a diverse talent pool.

 

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Generation Success has been selected to be part of EY Foundation’s Accelerator Program

Generation Success has been selected by the EY Foundation to be part of their 12-Month Accelerate program.

‘Accelerate’ teaches the chosen social enterprises how to scale up their business and increase their impact through business coaching, workshops, networking and project support.

This success follows on from Generation Success being named one of the top 100 social enterprises in the SE100 index earlier this year.

Generation Success is a social enterprise who works to advance social mobility and tackle the non educational barriers into the elite proffessions.

Generation Success works to remove barriers to connect businesses and people of diversity, creating equal access and opportunities.

They do this through:

  • Monthly industry insider events
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Workshops
  • Career and professional development training
  • Working with organisations to change their recruitment & retention practices

Generation Success has plans to grow to a national level, next year they will be expanding to Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. They are looking to engage employers that are keen to do engage with a diverse talent pool.

Generation Success is currently working with the Canadian Investment Bank TD securities to manage the recruitment of their 2020 undergraduate summer internship program to help them engage with a more diverse pool of students.

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Generation Success are finalists for the South London Business Awards

Generation Success has been shortlisted for the South London Business Awards that is to take place on the 31stof October.

The South London Business Awards is a programme that was developed to celebrate South London’s outstanding and innovative businesses.

Generation Success is a social enterprise who works to advance social mobility and tackle the non educational barriers into the elite proffessions.

Generation Success works to remove barriers to connect businesses and people of diversity, creating equal access and opportunities.

This year Generation Success has enjoyed many success including being selected for EY’s Accelerate program and winning a contract with TD securities to run their graduate scheme.

Generation Success’ contract with TD Securities is their biggest yet. In order to help TD securities recruit from a diverse talent pool, Generation Success has been chosen to manage the recruitment of their graduate scheme.

Sophia Aluko to speak at Macfarlanes for their Black History Month Special

On the 24thof October, Sophia Aluko will be one of six featured speakers at Generation Success’ Black History Month Special hosted by MacFarlanes.

Sophia Aluko is the Head of Service Management for the Transitions Management Office at Barclays based in London.

She is responsible for overseeing the services Barclays provides to divested businesses in Africa and Europe.

Since joining Barclays in 2008 Sophia has held various senior roles in Finance, COO and Businesses in the UK and South Africa.

At the Black History Month Special, Sophia will be speaking about her career journey; how she entered her field, her career defining moments and what challenges she has faced.

When asked why she wanted to take part in this event she said “The mission of Generation Success resonates with me and is in line with my passion.”

By highlighting Sophia and her fellow speakers the event, who are all BAME industry leaders, Generation Success wants to break the glass ceiling to raise the aspirations of BAME youth.

Not only will the event include featured speakers, there will also be:

  • Speed Mentoring (Think ‘Speed Dating’, but for your career)
  • A Q&A session with the featured speakers
  • A Networking session

Generation Success is a social enterprise who works to advance social mobility and tackle the non educational barriers into the elite proffessions.

Generation Success conducts a monthly series of inspirational talks led by business leaders to empower BAME youth to achieve their career aspirations.

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Dentons to host a Law Special in collaboration with Generation Success

AS part of their GS Power Series to provide students and proffesinals more opportunites, Generation Success will be holding a Law Special with Dentons UK and Middle East LLP on the 12thof November.

Generation Success, is a social enterprise who works to advance social mobility and tackle the non educational barriers into the elite proffessions.

Generation Success works with organisations to change their diverse talent recruitment & retention practices, this year they are running the Canadian Investment Bank TD Securities’ summer internship program.

This Law Special is part of Generation Success’ monthly event series called “GS Power Series”, where they partner up with different corporate companies to bring industry focused events to students and proffesionals.

The purpose of these events are to inspire and support individuals in building essential knowledge, skills and confidence required to accelerate their career by:

  • Offering valuable mentoring and networking opportunities with industry professionals
  • Sharing real-life experiences and career journeys and learn as an industry leader
  • Informing them of what professional job opportunities are available and how they can enter them
  • Increasing attendees social capital

The event will consist of:

  • Speed Mentoring (Think ‘Speed Dating’, but for your career)
  • Featured Speakers (Law industry leaders)
  • Q&A session with the featured speakers
  • Networking session

At the event there will be 10 mentors and 3 featuredspeakers.

The featured speakers are:

  • Karen Kerrigan, COO at Seedrs
  • Rachel Holmes,Chief Executive at Maxim Chambers
  • Gautam Bhattacharya, Partner at Reed Smith LLP

 

AFTER PRESS RELEASE- LAW

Press Release: Law

Located in Latham and Watkins’ Liverpool Street offices, Generation Success hosted “GS Power Series: Law- Career Stories and Lessons from Senior Legal Professionals.” This formidable and energizing seminar provided today’s aspiring legal professionals with the incredible opportunity to gain the support and guidance to pursue their career aspirations.

 

Generation Success is honored to have had Karen Kerrigan, Chief Legal Officer at Seedrs, David Neita, a lawyer and motivational speaker, Funke Abimbola General Counsel and Head of Financial Compliance at Roche and Segun Osuntokun, Partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP take to the podium to reveal their honest and inspirational career stories. Our audiences, evidently inspired by our speakers were seen passionately noting down the wide-ranging advice given by our experts. Our audience was incessantly reminded of the importance of connections and building a strong network within your profession, which would not only open up new doors, but also allow you to enjoy your career and reach your full potential. In addition, our attendees were relentlessly motivated to follow THEIR dreams as opposed to following the career trajectory that is bestowed upon you by others. It is only when your true passion and desires are being fed that real achievements and success takes place.

 

David Neita delivered an incessantly humorous and original speech as he used the story of Kane and Able to demonstrate the practicalities of working within the legal world. He unremittingly reminded our audience “when you are passionate about something you can’t help but do it.” Funke Abimbola echoed this sentiment as she recounted her bravery and determination to study law motivated her to break away from the family expectation to study law.

 

During the event, everyone was encouraged to mingle and take a selfie with another audience member. This activity reminded our attendees that they are not alone, but rather are surrounded by fellow peers and mentors who want to help them succeed.

 

Generation Success would like to thank all the speakers and attendees who attended our event and we look forward to seeing you all again.

 

By Xanthia Adamou

PR

 

Contact- James Adeleke- 07883028755

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