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What People Say about The Marketing Academy...

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I’m not one for soppy stories but I have truly become a better person as an output of the Scholarship. Never have I revised, reflected and refined myself so much. I am truly grateful to have been given the time to just think about the leader I want to be, not have to be. Priceless.

Melanie Portelli, Transition Director, Publicis Groupe, 2010 Alumni / UK

Three words describe this year for me – gain, grow and give. You’ll gain so much personally and professionally, more than you ever thought was possible. You’ll grow incredibly quickly as a result, stretching your capability beyond its limits. By the end, all you’ll want to do is give back to those around you, so they can benefit from at least a fraction of the experience you’ve had.

Cristina Loaiza, Global Head of Brand, graze.com, 2016 Scholar / UK

Pulling together over 80 marketing director mentors, numerous organisational facilities and 28 scholars has been an amazing achievement.

Sally Cowdry, Marketing Director Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd

Marketing Academy Board Member / UK

Not only am I developing my industry knowledge and building a wider network of peers, I am learning the vital skills to progress from Ômanager’ to Ôleader’. It’s transformed my way of thinking and introduced me to some of the most remarkable people in the industry, both my fellow scholars and the mentors and coaches. Central to the academy ethos is Ôpay it forwards’ meaning that we should share and teach as much as we can. The Scholarship is enabling me to share resources with my peers both in the UK and in Canada and the US and I have no doubt I am learning lifelong skills.

Gemma Holmes, Head of Marketing Homesense UK, TK Maxx Group, 2015 Scholar / UK

As dramatic as it sounds, it is a life changing program. Be accepting to change as a human being, a leader, a marketer and a change maker – because that will happen. Without a doubt, this is the best education or self-improvement experience I’ve done, and the one I’ve had the most tangible results and improvements from. Now just don’t let the cultish language of the Alumni scare you- it just really is that good and we all believe in it that much.

Scholar Alumni, 2017 / Australia

I support the Marketing Academy as it is simply irresistible. You get to spend time and help brilliant hand-picked scholars and they leave you excited and thrilled for the future of the industry.

Amanda Mackenzie, CMO of Aviva / UK

I applied looking for a network, some leadership frameworks and coaching and am leaving with SO much more – a set of lifelong friends, personal growth, clarity on my purpose and optimism for the future.Who knew so much was possible in just 7 months!

Scholar Alumni, 2018/19 / US

The Marketing Academy Scholarship Programme is the start of an amazing journey that has helped me realize the leader I already was. I’m now able to articulate my passion, have a clear purpose and have a network of amazing people who have all been on this journey together. It’s helped me realize what my potential can be whilst unleashing a passion to inspire and influence people in my life to think about things differently and be the change they want to see.

Scholar Alumni, 2017 / Australia

Being a scholar of the Marketing Academy is not only an honour but a true privilege. The Academy is a force for pure good. Having access to some of the most influential and successful people in the industry is not only invaluable but inspiring. The Academy has allowed me to search within myself and reframe my career goals and push harder and higher. This doesn’t feel like a short term experience; the relationships made, knowledge gleaned, will last a lifetime.

Ed Ross, Head of Marketing and Media, ITV 2012 Scholar / UK

The Marketing Academy is a unique program, offering its 30-strong cohort the opportunity to learn from the UK’s top marketing and business talent. From CEO lunches to mentoring to coaching, the network and opportunity offered by Sherilyn and team is unparalleled and is supporting the development of new modern leaders. It’s been a privilege to be part of such a wonderful programme and personally, I’ve met some lifelong friends and hope to pay forward the learnings and experience.

Natasha Pergl, SAP, 2014 Scholar / UK

The Marketing Academy Scholarship Program rocked my world and pulled back the curtain on just how big of a difference true leadership can make–far beyond the confines of the marketing profession to everything that we do.

Scholar Alumni, 2018/19 / US

When I look back on my career on the night of my retirement, I’m fairly certain I’ll conclude my year on The Marketing Academy was the pivotal point in transforming my journey, and ultimately the person I’ve gone on to become.

Ross Farquhar, Managing Partner at Grey London, 2010 Scholar / UK

The Marketing Academy Fellowship is a great programme – think of it as the best bits of an MBA.

Fellow Alumni / EMEA

It wasn’t until I finished the first Marketing Academy bootcamp, that I realised how lucky I was to have earnt my place on this program. Program doesn’t do it justice – it’s membership to a money can’t buy club, some would say cult and they’d be right. As an Alumni of the Covid year (2020), I have graduated with more than I could have ever imagined – an incredible cohort of friends who speak daily, access to the world’s best speakers and the support of the global Alumni network. My experience from The Marketing Academy played a crucial role in my recent promotion and I stand proud in a co-CEO role with a current Marketing Academy scholar, where together we apply the tools and learnings to our own leadership journey.

2020 Australia Scholar, Laura Nice, Co-CEO, OMD Australia / Australia

This is not just any marketing programme…

Former Global Brand and Marketing Director – Marks & Spencer, Fellow Alumni / EMEA

The Marketing Academy has given me access to a wide range of people who have candidly shared their knowledge and experiences with me. Understanding their different approaches and views has helped me better shape my objectives, given me tools to improve my leadership style, and made me realize the true worth of building my own brand.

Alfredo Garicoche, 2011 Scholar / UK

The Marketing Academy, quite simply, redefines you. It changes the way you see yourself, it changes the way you want other people to see you, and it changes the person you want to be in the future. And you learn all this with the support of the most incredible network: the scholars who go through it with you, the mentors who never fail to inspire you and the business coach who helps you make sense of it all. Anyone who has an ambition to be a leader in the marketing world should apply.

Sarah Tate, Global Sales Skills Developmen Lead at Google, 2011 Scholar / UK

The Scholarship is not just career changing, it’s life changing. It’s not comparable to any other programme out there; it’s proper ‘money can’t buy’ stuff. If there’s even a teeny chance you can get a place, then apply, apply, apply.

Sophie Wheater, Head of Brand and Communications at Tesco Mobile, 2013 Scholar / UK

I can safely say The Marketing Academy is one of the most fulfilling, valuable and enjoyable things I’ve been a part of – helping me develop professionally and personally, become a more purpose driven leader, and connect with some of the nicest, most ambitious folks in the marketing industry.

Scholar Alumni, 2018/19 / US

Becoming part of the Scholarship has changed my life. I have been given access to people I have only ever read about who happily share all their pearls of wisdom with me. I have been taught leadership skills that have truly changed my outlook not only in my working life but in my personal life too – skills which I am now using to become the person I want to be. I still every day think about how lucky I have been to be a part of this amazing opportunity and urge anyone considering being involved to do everything you can to be part of this.

Danielle Moss, 2010 Alumni / UK

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