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What People Say about The Marketing Academy...

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Don't just take our word for it. This is what our community around the world have said about our programs...

The five days we were together as a group was so much more then I could ever have imagined, in my head I knew I would learn something, but I never thought that it would change my outlook so dramatically. I described it to someone over the weekend as a sliding door moment from which point things changed both personally and at work.

Scholar Alumni, 2015 / Australia

The Scholarship is not just career changing, it’s life changing. It’s not comparable to any other program 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 have not stopped raving about the week, just the first week! – it was one of my lifetime highlights.

Scholar Alumni, 2015 / Australia

The scholarship gave me tools and awareness to elevate my leadership style, executive presence, and advance my career at an accelerated rate. I am now in a leadership position on my team, which I thought I was years away from achieving.

Scholar Alumni, 2018/19 / US

The Marketing Academy offers professional development like no other. I feel like it has elevated my thinking to another level and that in years to come I will look back at it being a really crucial, wholly positive juncture in my career. ItÕs about more than just career development though. As part of the Scholarship I have met some of the loveliest and most impressive people. If they are up for it then IÕll be their friend for life.

Harry Dromey, Director of Brands & Campaigns, Global, 2015 Scholar / UK

I genuniely feel that the academy has given me the tools and assistance I require to succeed over the next few years: the mentors with their extensive personal experiences and future marketing insight, the scholar network to share this amazing journey with and the executive coach which provides the glue to bring together all of the learning.

I decided to apply for the academy to take my learning to the next level. When you work within a smaller business often with a small marketing team – you look outside of the organisation for help and inspiration. The academy is one massive thinktank and sounding-board which enables me to constantly test our marketing capabilities with inspiration from some of the top marketers in the UK.

I would advise anybody that is joining the academy that “what got you here, won’t get you there”! The academy is 80% leadership & 20% marketing – so if you want to be a marketing leader the academy will help prepare you in the best possible way

Daniel Chidley, Account Director, The Azalea Group, 2011 Scholar / UK

The Marketing Academy has been a truly life changing, and life affirming experience. It has totally changed the way in which I view the opportunities that are presented to me, how I deal with challenges and conflict, and the role that I play as both a colleague and a leader in my organisation. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Apply! Apply!

Jessica Crawford, Industry Manager, Google, 2016 Scholar / UK

The Marketing Academy is a unique program, offering its 30-strong cohort the opportunity to learn from the UKÕs 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. ItÕs been a privilege to be part of such a wonderful program and personally, IÕve met some lifelong friends and hope to pay forward the learnings and experience.

Natasha Pergl, SAP, 2014 Scholar / UK

For anyone serious about demonstrating the strategic leadership and contribution that marketers can make, not just in their organisations but in the industry and society more widely, then unashamedly do everything you can to earn a place in The Marketing Academy. The experience of the bootcamp, mentoring and coaching is truly unique and impossible to put a price on.

Scholar alumni, 2015 / Australia

The program is good, the professional development is great but there are no words to describe the new network you gain

Scholar alumni, 2017 / Australia

The Scholarship thus far has exceeded all my expectations and once I get my house in order, i.e. wrapping up this experience, I know it has profoundly enriched me as an individual, leader and marketer. I feel so fortunate having received this opportunity and living the experience every day, and once it is all over, I will greatly miss it, but also recognize my responsibility to make the most of it in my life and career going forward!

Emanuel Gavert, Nordic Marketing Manager, Mondelez, 2011 Scholar / UK

Where else in the world do you get to meet such inspiring and insightful leaders of industry and have them call you a friend? These people won’t just tell you about how they’ve reached the top of their game, they will help guide you to follow in their footsteps. Be prepared for self-reflection, challenge and learning – but most of all be prepared for a roller coaster ride of emotion and creating friendships for life.

Victoria Hatcher, Senior Channel Strategy Manager, Danone, 2015 Scholar / UK

Not just brilliant content but also a great opportunity to get to know and discuss issues with like minded CMOs.

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It’s so much more than marketing. ‘Leadership Academy for Life where you make Lifelong Friends’ is probably more like it, although admittedly not as catchy.

Gregor Lawson, Founder of Morphsuits, 2011 Scholar / UK

The Marketing Academy has been transformational for me in a number of ways. I have developed my leadership behaviours and skills in a way that is authentic to me and my values – benefiting both me and the people around me. Through the program I have also developed an invaluable network that has helped me learn and grow. The Marketing Academy has stayed with me well beyond the year of the program and truly embodies what it means to be a lifelong learner & always work in progress!

Sarah Ellis, Managing Director of Gravity Road, 2011 Scholar / UK

Just Do It! The Marketing Academy is the most special learning experience there is Ð imagine combining the most amazing bunch of people, learning from the best in the business & having permission to take the time to really craft and think about what matters most to become the best version of yourself – both professionally and personally. You will leave inspired with a clear purpose and clarity on who you are, the life you want and the steps to help you become the best leader you can be. YouÕll challenge yourself in a way you have never done before, ask yourself questions you have never thought about and never look at things in the same way again Ð I cannot recommend it highly enough, itÕs the experience of a lifetime.

Kate Fletcher, Marketing Manager Captain Morgan, DIAGEO, 2016 Scholar / UK

The Marketing Academy is an intense, emotional and thrilling journey of discovery. I have learnt so much about myself and the type of leader I can be through meetings with the Marketing Academy team, inspirational mentors, my clear-sighted, no-nonsense coach and my work with my charity. This is the most incredible experience and privilege, and I often wonder what I will do when the year ends; I wish I could be a 2013 scholar too.

Jennifer Elworthy, Director of Marketing & Communications, Freesat, 2012 Scholar / UK

My selection in The Marketing Academy is truly a privilege. It has afforded my the opportunity to improve my self, the way I lead my team, access to the most brilliant minds in the business, and to develop a peer group who I know will remain my friends for life. The combination of training, mentoring, coaching and inspiration will be experiences that shape my career for years to come.

Scholar Alumni, 2017 / Australia

More than just marketing or leadership skills, The Marketing Academy program seeks to build inspired, whole-person leaders from the inside out. The adjustments that I have already made to my way of thinking, my life and my leadership approach are already creating real change.

Scholar alumni, 2017 / Australia

The Scholarship Program was an incredible experience and provided connections and friends I’ll keep for life!

Scholar Alumni, 2018/19 / US

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