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What People Say about The Marketing Academy...

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Oh boy…where to start. This was life changing. People said this to me before I was accepted and I was skeptical. But it surpassed my expectations. Now it’s up to me to take the experience and the learnings and put them into play. It’s astounding that you can take 30 strangers and get them as close as I’ve become to some of these people. One of the guest speakers said this “We change people’s lives every day” but I truly believe it applies to what you’re doing at TMA: Thank you for what you’re doing and thank you for allowing me to experience this program.

2021 US Scholar / US

A game-changing week for me!

Scholar Alumni, 2015 / Australia

The Marketing Academy is the single best leadership training you can receive, highlighting the massive difference between being a great marketer and a great marketing leader. It’s also broadened my horizon’s enormously by linking me up with a hugely talented group of likeminded marketers.

Nick Gilmer, Marketing Manager BBC1 and iPlayer, BBC, 2016 Scholar / UK

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

I didn’t have a peer network in New York until the Marketing Academy. It is testament to the selection process that everyone was so different and so brilliant in equal measure. Taking the time to think about who we want to be and how has been instrumental to how I’ve shown up at work and in life for the last six months. The Marketing Academy teaches that self improvement isn’t self indulgent. An important lesson when dealing with the pressure and pace of marketing today.

Scholar Alumni, 2018/19 / US

Not only am I developing my industry knowledge and building a wider network of peers, I am learning the vital skills to progress from ‘manager’ to ‘leader’. 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 ‘pay 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

A once-in-a-career opportunity to forge powerful personal connections with a diverse cohort of fellow marketing leaders across the entire industry.

Scholar Alumni, 2018/19 / US

Transformational is an understatement. I can’t believe the person I have grown into over these last 9 months. (I almost don’t even recognize myself!) I achieved EVERYTHING that I hoped I would during this program (per my letter to self). Unexpectedly, I also made a new set of friends for life. The TMA Team could not have done a better job in selecting a diverse and supportive cohort. You seriously did not pick one dud out of a pool of 30 middle-aged professionals across the US. I’m so grateful for this experience and have not been shy about telling everyone at Mars about how transformative it has been.

2021 US Scholar / US

The scholarship is the single most inspirational program I’ve participated in professionally. I set a personal goal to join TMA, and this has been a life changing experience. It exceeded all of my expectations. I’ve learned how to be a better leader, I’ve become close with an outstanding cohort, I’ve had the privilege to hear world class speakers, and I’ve had an opportunity to become my best self. TMA is a journey – I am proud of where I have come, and excited for what comes next. What makes this program so powerful is not only the 8-month content, but also the opportunity to stay connected in the future with fellow scholars & alums, both through the Alumni group and the Virtual Campus. I am forever grateful to Sherilyn for developing such a powerful platform!

2021 US Scholar / US

Amazing experience, life changing. Thank you for making this happen. We hope we were worth it.

Scholar Alumni, 2015 / Australia

You only need to look at the names of the mentors and board members involved in the Marketing Academy to see that this is a program like no other in the industry. A genuinely step changing program and a unique program of learning. And critically, because it’s free, it’s open to all- the only thing you need to bring is ability. A program that has a big role to play in the Marketing industry for many years to come.

Bryn Snelson, 2011 Scholar / UK

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

Scholar Alumni, 2018/19 / US

The Marketing Academy is rocket fuel for your career and personal development. Just being around 30 fantastic, sharp people for 12 months, is beneficial in itself. Adding world class leadership training to the equation, a business coach and the chance to assist a small charity, and you have an enormously powerful program. Quite simply you’ll never be the same again after being an MA Scholar.

Jonny Miles-Prouten, UK / Ireland Digital Manager at Coca-Cola, 2011 Scholar / UK

Transformational. Life-affirming. Career-defining. They’re pretty big promises for a leadership program. But, oh my, does The Marketing Academy deliver. Guided by inspiring industry leaders and mentors, a truly remarkable coach and the most amazing group of fellow scholars, I have learnt more than I thought possible about who I am, who I want to be, and what I can accomplish – both professionally and personally. To put it simply, the experience has changed my life for the better, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Jessica Haigh, Managing Director, Cedar Communications Hong Kong, 2017 Scholar / UK

Sherilyn has shown amazing vision, passion and skill in rapidly building a new ‘brand’ (The Marketing Academy) – and one that every marketer in the country wants to be associated with.

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Phil Rumbol, Founder, 101 / UK

What has really stood out for me, is the journey towards authentic leadership: The Marketing Academy encourages the scholars to develop their own personal leadership styles, and have confidence in their ability to inspire others to do the same. There is no cookie-cutter mould, and indeed the Marketing Academy embraces the variety & diversity of its scholars, each with wholly different approaches to business and leadership. What binds us all however, is a desire to lead and inspire, rather than direct and manage. Being connected with some of the UK’s top business men & women, being coached by top professionals, being brought together with some of the most exciting & interesting peers possible, how could we not be inspired to up our game and push our potential to the next level?

Sophia Wetherell, Industry Manager – Technology, Google, 2012 Scholar / UK

There are 3 things the Marketing Academy can guarantee. The first is that it will literally change your life. Your outlook on what can be achieved will be shifted. Secondly you will be inspired beyond belief. Post boot camps and mentor sessions make you realize the potential we have and the next steps on how to achieve it. Thirdly and most importantly the Scholarship will give you a broader approach to your role and position in your company. You instantly receive a better understanding of your team, career and strengths. You will know how to draw out the best in others and it will help you achieve the life you have always wanted within business. Apply now is my advice.

Nick Rogers, Channel Manager at WME-IMG, 2015 Scholar / UK

The Marketing Academy, without wanting to be a cliche, is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s not just about networking and mentoring, it’s about building relationships with people who will help you become a strong leader and a technically excellent marketer.

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

A set of experiences, encounters and people that have had an incredibly profound effect on my life. I will look back on this as one of those moments where things changed forever. Remember: the way of the river!

Adam Holmes, Partner of Brother Film Co, 2017 Scholar / UK

They say there is no limit to the brain’s desire to learn. The learnings we have gathered through this incredible journey has certainly tested that assumption!

This Scholarship has made me feel younger. The future is clearer and the path to get there has more helping hands than ever!

Rahul Patel, Chief Operating Officer, Cumii International, 2010 Alumni / UK

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