Pink Dynasty (PD) is a community interest programme designed to improve social mobility for gifted and talented young women from challenged backgrounds. Based in central London, PD empowers and prepares extraordinary women in higher education for corporate careers. All our candidates are selected not just on their extremely strong academic qualifications but also their ability to demonstrate leadership potential and commitment to social responsibility – to “Lift as You Climb”.
PD was founded in October 2013 by Adéolá Ònásanwó, who recognised that young women from challenged backgrounds require personalised careers support in order to successfully transition from higher education into employment.
“Giving young women the opportunities to succeed is at the heart of our ethos as we recognise the value young women who have faced adversity can bring to businesses”
– A. Ònásanwó, Founder and Managing Director.
PD members receive personal support via one to one mentoring, leadership training, first class careers advice, training in key employability skills such as CV writing and interviews as well as critical life skills concerning money management. As part of the PD offering, members also gain access to a diverse pool of inspirational talent, both male and female, from the Board Room of FTSE 100 companies, to recruitment consultancies, and to our ever growing PD alumni.
The PD programme also supports employers in their recruitment, retention and development of female employees either through taking on PD members as interns or permanent employees but also by developing the leadership skills of their existing female employees who volunteer as mentors.
Ultimately, the PD programme provides forward-thinking companies with access to a remarkable pipeline of young female talent to help them deliver on the increasingly critical social mobility and diversity agenda in business today.
The great work of PD is made possible by the generosity and hospitality of businesses across London, as well as the dedication and enthusiasm of our Mentors.
To receive information on how to join or support PD, please use the contact form below.
Each member is offered an internship. We do our best to find a placement that generally compliments our members’ career aspirations. In the lead up to the internship, members are given a robust briefing to cover what is expected of them and there is a thorough monitoring and evaluation process that is informed by line managers, candidates and mentors.
Members are required to attend a series of workshops focused on professional and soft skills that have been identified by organisations as fundamental to success in the workplace. Past workshops have covered topics such as financial literacy, networking, effective communications, developing a personal brand, stakeholder management and career planning.
PD members are invited to networking events where they meet senior leaders from various industries and learn from their career journeys. This provides an opportunity to ask direct questions to individuals who would otherwise be out of reach, and to also learn about their personal journeys and find similarities with their struggles, all with a view to making the aspiration for senior leadership more attainable.
“Pink Dynasty is the best mentorship programme I have ever been on as I learnt more about adult life than I was ever taught in college. Sadly the education system failed to teach me (and other young adults I know) how to: manage money, build and improve a credit score, develop a personal brand, become self-sufficient and empowered. I was taught all of this within a few months of attending PD workshops and meeting with my Mentor. More importantly, after the programme I was able to secure permanent employment at Ernst & Young”.
– Victoria Ahonsi, Member of 2014 Cohort
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