The Pink Dynasty programme is successful because we attract the strongest talent pool of women and empower our members to achieve their professional and personal goals. Follow us as we celebrate the successes of our rising stars.

Deborah Owolabi – Pink Dynasty Alumni, 2014 Cohort

Since graduating from Pink Dynasty, I have completed a gap year during which I worked at Standard Chartered Bank in the Group Country Risk and Group Technology and Operations departments. This valuable experience helped me to gain an internship at a charity that aims to help disadvantaged students from London’s inner city to gain employment in the financial services. I am now in the final year of my Arts and Sciences degree at University College London and feel much more equipped and confident about entering and excelling in the world of work than I did before taking part in the programme.

Five of the greatest lessons I learned through being a member of Pink Dynasty:


Adopt the mentality of a sponge

You can learn something from everyone, including your peers

Hostility to learning from others, of whom you think have nothing of your interest to offer (or, pride) will get you nowhere

Learn to be an excellent student

Learn from those who do things well

Not to envy, but to imitate, with an understanding that you are still to be yourself


A willing and real mentor is a terrible gift to waste

By real, I mean a mentor that does not sugar-coat the realities of the working world

To make conversations easier for themselves

My mentor, and this scheme as a whole, taught me:

The world of work will be challenging –

And any good job should be

You must learn to use past adversity to your advantage

It has the potential to help you more than you may currently see


A wise person knows that there is a time to speak and a time to be silent

Though, when the time to speak comes, you should not remain silent because of the people you fear

In a professional or academic environment, the root of this is often the following thought:

“Compared to them, I am not good enough to be here”

In situations where you can expand your professional network

Do not go into the corner with close companions and take a seat

Speak to the other individuals present. Don’t be afraid – you can learn from them

Remember that they also breathe, sleep and eat

Two – A

Stop complaining

Two – B

Pink Dynasty not only developed me as an individual

Giving me the knowledge and skills I need to succeed in which ever career I pursue

The scheme also gave me the amazing opportunity to put what I have learned to use

But, as aforementioned, the opportunities you are given are not solely for you

So never be selfish with what you have received

Always be willing to help others

As you are well equipped to support the growth of your community


You have not yet arrived

Let this lead you to action, not to worry

Do not grow complacent

As this is not the end of the journey


Seek challenge and opportunity over comfort and ease

And when you reach the glass ceiling

Use it as a table for your tea