Lloyds Scholars today announced four new MBA Scholars selected for its MBA Scholarships for Women programme. The four women have been accepted onto London Business School’s world renowned two year full-time MBA programme for its 2015 intake, with graduation due in 2017.
The four new MBA Scholars include a marketer, executive search consultant, digital programme manager and an economist, with all four striving to maximise opportunities for women in their field.
Ashni Shah, 25, from Barnet, has been working at GlaxoSmithKline since 2011, most recently as a Regional Category Manager for Asia Pacific, China and Japan. Ashni was appointed in May 2014 to lead the organisation’s Women’s Leadership Initiative for Asia (WLIA), an organisation designed to connect, engage and develop women to realise their full potential.
Joy Boulger, 28, originally from Somerset, has spent the last five years as an Associate Consultant at Egon Zehnder, an executive assessment and development firm, following an earlier career in corporate finance. Joy is very passionate about the development and recognition of talented women in business and recently sat on Egon Zehnder’s Diversity Committee, which focusses on helping the next generation of female executives fulfil their potential and become senior leaders.
Lindsey Keighley, 32, from Hackney, joined the Cabinet Office in 2011 on the highly competitive Civil Service Fast Stream. Most recently, she was the Programme Delivery Manager for the award-winning GOV.UK website. Lindsey is passionate about the development of women and diversity in the digital and technology sector.
Victoria Cunningham, 33, from Wimbledon, has spent ten years as an Economist, currently as a Senior Economist for the World Bank, Tanzania where she lead the delivery of Tanzania’s public expenditure review. She was awarded the St Hilda’s College, Oxford University Economics Prize when studying for her BA.
Upon hearing she’d been awarded the Scholarship, Lindsey Keighley said: “The Lloyds Scholars MBA Scholarship for Women has made it possible for me to take time out to study full-time. I look forward to learning many new skills and building a network that will be valuable throughout my career. It’s wonderful that Lloyds Banking Group is supporting women into leadership positions and I am honoured to be included in this group.”
The Lloyds Scholars MBA Scholarships for Women, funded by Lloyds Banking Group and delivered in partnership with London Business School, is providing each of the women with a £30,000 scholarship. The programme was launched in 2014 to encourage women to pursue post-graduate management education following research that indicated that the main barrier to their participation was access to finance.
As part of its vision to help Britain prosper and better represent the diversity of its customer base and communities, Lloyds Banking Group aims to encourage more women to study for MBA qualifications to increase the number of women who become business leaders. One of the commitments made as part of the Group’s Helping Britain Prosper Plan is to have 40% of its senior roles held by women by 2020.
Damian Leeson, Director, Responsible Business, Lloyds Banking Group said: “As part of our Group’s mission to help Britain prosper we are proud to welcome Ashni, Joy, Lindsey and Victoria to the 2015-17 cohort of the Lloyds Scholars MBA Scholarships for Women programme. I look forward to hearing about their progress on the MBA and as the next generation of female business leaders.”
Lloyds Banking Group has a number of programmes in place to ensure that the bank is best placed to achieve diversity and inclusion, including:
- A gender diversity programme which focuses on creating a strong pipeline of talent under the guidance of the group’s Gender and Work-Life Balance steering group, sponsored by 14 senior executives
- Developing the Female Talent pipeline – Lloyds Banking Group has a Senior Women Leaders Programme and has a Role Model programme and mandatory diverse shortlists for senior appointments.
- Lloyds Banking Group has sponsored the First Women Awards for eight years and has been awarded a place in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in 2013 and 2014.
In addition to the Lloyds Scholars MBA Scholarships for Women, Lisa Collins, Head of Finance for Lloyds Banking Group, Bristol, has also been given the opportunity to study fully-funded for a part-time London Business School Executive MBA in the 2015-17 cohort.
Eight of the MBA Scholars sixteen Scholarships have now been filled, with applications for four in the next cohort opening in Spring 2016.
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