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Applications Open

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Applications for 2019 membership is now open!

We are delighted to open applications for 2019 membership for prospective mentees and mentors. The scheme provides young women with access to skills-based workshops and the opportunity to be mentored by a professional for 12 months. The aim of the PD programme is to promote leadership, personal and professional development.

What we look for in a Mentee

Pink Dynasty candidates generally fit the following description:

  • Aged 18 or over
  • Demonstrates a strong level of tenacity and ambition
  • In full-time education or full-time training
  • Actively involved in the community via volunteering schemes
  • Received (or is receiving) financial support from the government or other official entity

What we look for in a Mentor

We are always looking for talented women and men to volunteer as mentors. The ideal mentor fits the following profile:

  • A minimum 5 years work experience in accounting, banking, communication and media, financial, legal or tech sectors
  • Passionate about social mobility and the development of young professionals
  • Willing to devote at least 2 hours per month to contacting the mentee

How to apply 

To apply, prospective mentees and mentors must answer the following questions:

  1. I want to join Pink Dynasty because…
  2. What women’s empowerment means to me…

Submission instructions 

Upload a 90 second video to YouTube (in private mode) answering the above questions and send along with an updated copy of your CV to hello@pinkdynasty.org 

Or

Write an essay (250 words max) answering the above questions and send along with an updated copy of your CV to hello@pinkdynasty.org

Deadline – December 14th, 2018. 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a 45 minute interview with select members of the PD Management team and representatives from our partner institutions.

Successful applicants will be informed via email, together with additional information on the upcoming year’s programme. In the event that you are unsuccessful on this occasion, an email, together with some feedback on your application, will also be shared with you.

Next steps…

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A Seat at the Table

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With the support of the Diane Abbott Foundation, we hosted an event called ‘A Seat and the Table’ in the House of Commons yesterday (November 28). Our goal was to empower young women from marginalised backgrounds to have their voices heard in the place where our country’s policies and laws are debated.

Generally the term “having a seat at the table” is reserved for those who are considered to have both the influence and power to make decisions and effect change.

But there is much more behind coming to the table than simply taking a seat.

During the discussion, we came to the conclusion that “having a seat at the table” is about seizing the opportunity to be heard, becoming the voice for those who are marginalised, and work with those who hold power to make positive changes in society, that benefits all people not just the elite.

  

Many thanks to our special guests Anna-Maria Ronnqvist (Strong Woman World Champion), Cuppy (International DJ and Philanthropist), and Geraldine Haley (Executive Leadership Coach) for taking time out of their busy schedules to share their stories about the path to leadership in predominantly male environments.

Last but not least, thanks to all the attendees for participating in such an inspiring debate, we truly appreciate your support and hope to see you again at future events!

Britain’s Social Mobility Problem

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It goes without saying that Britain has an extreme social mobility problem. Research from the government’s latest social mobility report confirms, “that from the early years through to higher education and the workplace, there is an entrenched and unbroken correlation between social class and success”, State of The Nation – Social Mobility in Great Britain (2017). Unfortunately, the UK’s social mobility problem is even worse for women and individuals from ethnic minority groups. To address the social mobility problem facing women and ethnic minorities in the UK, I founded Pink Dynasty CIC in 2013, with the goal of dismantling the non-educational barriers to elite professions in the UK by empowering, preparing and supporting gifted young women (particularly those from ethnic minority groups) for high-income careers. Please refer any talented young women (from 18-22 years old) who you believe can benefit from mentoring, leadership development, help with finding a job or starting a business, my team and I would love to chat!

Best,

Adeola Onasanwo

 

Hiding Behind A Smile

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We recently conducted a survey to uncover the challenges, needs and wants of the PD Alumni. The results were insightful, 100% of the respondents conveyed a strong desire to be accepted for who they are. Although our members are incredibly bright and confident young women, many (if not all) still struggle with showing their true selves. In a society that praises beauty, accomplishment, and wealth, it seems women will never be good enough unless they appear to have it all. Hiding behind a smile is among the key ways young women combat the pressures of superficiality to discover their passions, pleasures, and purposes.

Here at Pink Dynasty, we believe it is imperative to have honest discussions about anxiety and depression, there are so many people suffering in silence, too afraid to open up about their personal/professional challenges. Accordingly, we are keen to help our members and other young women manage stress, particularly during difficult times.

By providing everyday examples of women managing overwhelming expectations, this opens the door for candid, life-changing conversations about life and inspires young women to be themselves!

 

To take part in our #BehindMySmile campaign, please email hello@pinkdynasty.org.

Many thanks,

PD Management

Breaking the Glass Wall

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It’s no secret that the financial services industry has a poor track record on female representation at the top. And yet there’s a growing recognition that gender diversity can bring a competitive advantage to corporations and investors in the sector as it undergoes massive technological and social change.

In an effort to help break the non-educational barriers to financial services professions, we have teamed up with CassonX, the consulting firm, and Starling Bank, to host an event exploring how women can forge leadership careers in Banking.

Date: Wednesday 27 June 2018

Time: 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Ending at 9pm

Venue: Starling Bank, 3rd Floor, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London EC2M 2PP

The event will be hosted by Anne Boden, Chief Executive of Starling Bank, who was recently named one of the most influential female leaders in the Financial Services and Tech world, for creating a successful mobile-only-bank from scratch.

Proceedings will kick off with an opening presentation from Anne Boden followed by a panel discussion with four special guest speakers, who will discuss their careers, share tips on how to succeed and offer solutions on how to sustain gender balance in the workplace. To close, there will be a networking session for all attendees with refreshments served until 8.45pm for a 9pm finish.

This event is open exclusively to those who operate in a Head of Operations, COO or relevant Recruitment or Diversity focused HR role in the Financial Services world. If you would like to attend, please send an email to james@cassonx.com

Hope you can make it!

Thanks,

PD Management

 

Year End Celebration

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Although the end of the year is a perfect time to share our accomplishments in 2017 and outline what lies ahead in 2018, we would rather express our gratitude to our Mentees, Mentors, Partners and Sponsors for their continued support.

Without You, the Pink Dynasty programme would not be successful nor the momentum to grow in the coming year (and years to come).

Therefore, as a sign of our appreciation and to show how much we truly value your contributions, you are cordially invited to our year-end celebration on December 12, straight after the information session.

Please register here to attend the celebration.

Hope you can make it!!!

Best wishes,

PD Management Team

We Want You

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PSA- Calling all talented and gifted ladies seeking support with their personal, professional and leadership development.

If you (or someone you know) has what it takes to join this league of extraordinary women, please register here for tickets to attend our information session.

What we look for in members:
• Aged 18 or over
• Tenacity and ambition
• In full-time education or full-time training
• Actively involved in the community via volunteering schemes
• Received (or is receiving) financial support from the government or other official entity

Applications for 2018 membership opens from 12pm on December 13, and closes on December 22 at 5pm.

Thanks,

PD Management

Mentors Wanted

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As we approach 2018, we are seeking talented women and men to mentor our incoming cohort.

Our mentor profile goes as follows:

  • Committed to supporting young women professionally and personally for 1 year
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities through action and words
  • Passionate about women empowerment, diversity and inclusion
  • Good listener
  • Sensitive to the challenges young women from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds experience
  • Approachable and humble
  • Excellent networking skills
  • Enthusiastic team player
  • Willing to share contacts, knowledge and experiences with other PD members
  • Ability to facilitate (or support facilitators) with PD workshops and  social events

Please note that applications to join the programme as a mentor opens on December 13 and closes on December 22, 2017.

If you are available on December 12th from 5:30 pm, please register here for a ticket to attend the information session.

Hope you can make it!

Many thanks,

PD Management Team

Vacancies available

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Our partner, Cassonx is seeking to fill two full-time permanent positions with one of the best performing Financial Services Brokers in the City of London. This firm offers free medical cover,  gym membership (including a personal trainer) and a generous discretionary bonus for all staff.

Role 1 – Legal, Compliance and Administrative Assistant (£30k) 

Operating within a small team the individual must handle day to day administrative/compliance/due diligence issues, provide in-house legal support with regard to standard documentation requirements and to maintain an awareness of and research into future regulatory changes, to assess their relevance and communicate their impact on the business.

The successful candidate will:

  • Provide support and some research in relation to relevant rules and regulations and to respond to enquiries regarding regulatory matters on a regular basis
  • Help to identify regulatory change and assist business in implementation plans
  • Build and maintain the firm’s standard documentation and terms of business library
  • Draft responses to regulators and exchanges
  • Some liaison with the FCA
  • Occasional involvement with HR issues
  • General administration that is required
  • Take ownership of various internal projects

Role 2 – Administrative Assistant (£25k)

Operating within a small team, the successful individual must handle day to day administrative queries/ complete and manage standard documentation and maintain system records covering this area of the business.

To be considered for the role you must have:

  • Good administrative skills (ideally from a Financial or Professional Services background)
  • Strong attention to detail coupled with IT skills covering the major Microsoft applications
  • Must be able to deal with senior management
  • Good communicator and client manner
  • Ability to work without close supervision, manage tasks and meet deadlines
  • Tenacity to tackle multi-stage tasks and follow through to completion
  • Ability to manage own workload and prioritise key projects
  • Comfortable being responsible for highly confidential information

If you are interested in either one of the vacancies advertised and have the legal right to work in the UK, please send your cv and cover letter to hello@pinkdynasty.org .

Good Luck!

Keep Climbing

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“I can’t remember a single time that I was prevented from doing what I wanted because I was a female, either on the rock or in the mountains” ~ Annie Whitehouse

On September 2, the 2016 PD cohort will attend White Spider for an exclusive climbing session.

This will be a great way to take part in fun and adventurous team building in a safe, inclusive and instructed environment. We have a few spaces available, so PD alumni who are interested in attending this session please register ASAP.

Important Information

Please remember to wear clothes that offer comfort and mobility (stretch). You want a loose fit, but not so baggy that your clothes get caught on holds or gear. Yoga clothing works well. Wear something you don’t mind getting chalk on, and something that can withstand abrasion from the textured surfaces on walls and climbing holds. And yes, headscarves are permitted as you can wear it under your safety helmet!

Regards,
PD Management Team