In the shadow of St. Paul’s cathedral in central London we gathered the class of top leaders at the Financial Times for the first of three days of inspiration and further connection on the Advanced Leadership Program, with our Academic Partner, Headspring Executive Development.

On the first day, Simon Lancaster, an esteemed and experienced speechwriter, led the class through a speech-writing and communication workshop to help the participants gain the tools and confidence to communicate with impact.

Day two brought with it expertise and challenging dialogue from Financial Times contributing editor, Michael Skapinker and the corporate philosopher, Roger Steare. Together they explored the connection between a company’s ethical culture and reputation and uncovering personal and corporate ethical outlooks.

In the afternoon, Joe DiVanna, experienced management consultant, delved into the transition to C-suite, helping the participants pin-point their strategic priorities and develop new communication styles.

The food for thought culminated with a wonderful dinner nearby, where the conversation continued, also with our special guest, Rachel Askew-Sammut.

On Day three, Mark Fritz outlined the necessity of accountability and ownership to drive success as a leader. He provided concrete insights and reflections on managing and developing people.

We wrapped up the program on the stunning rooftop terrace of the FT and look forward to the final module in Madrid in September.

On the program, we have leaders from 12 different companies, joining the educational journey, of three modules in Copenhagen, London and Madrid to build core leadership competencies.
This year in September, we are excited to take the leaders to Madrid for the third and last module of our Advanced Leadership Program for Women.