February 2018 Edition

Diverse Achievements

In the U.S. and Canada it has been Black History Month during February, where they remember the important contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout their nations' history. This newsletter celebrates with them.

Although Valentine's Day has now been and gone, we are delighted to share a cross-cultural Mountbatten engagement. It brings together a New York Programme alum with a current London trainee (See the News section). The benefits of the Programme are indeed long term and far-reaching!

Meanwhile, in both the UK and US we continue to build on our relationships with academic institutions that have produced quality candidates for us over the years. If you are still in touch with your former university, and would like to be involved in developing these connections, especially with the Careers Service and Business Schools, then please get in touch with Vicki.

Not long until Spring now!

SheBuildsBrands - Kubi Springer Masterclass

As part of the Mountbatten Career Speaker Series, current Mountbatten Trainees in New York were lucky to attend a Professional Masterclass on "Personal Branding and Your Career" by Mountbatten Alum, Kubi Springer (New York, 2001). We were thrilled to welcome Kubi back again to the Mountbatten office in NY. As founder of SheBuildsBrands, Kubi is an international brand marketing consultant and speaker who has designed and delivered branding campaigns for some of the biggest clients in the world – all starting when she was introduced to Blue Flame (Puff Daddy's Marketing & Advertising Agency) during her time in New York. She credits a lot of her achievements to her experience and exposure in NY when she was on the Programme. Adopting an interactive Q&A format, Kubi helped our trainees understand how she built her career by leveraging her time and experience in New York – and how they can, too. Her tip for the day was to "See yourself as a Business of One. Have a CRM system for yourself, keep those contacts stored and turn them into relationships that will propel your career."

At the end of the event Kubi offered to take one of the attendees with her to a NY fashion show she was attending that weekend. Next month we will share that lucky Mountbatten's experience!

of the Month

Nanayaa Kumi
London, August 2005

"I now work for the United Nations in New York City in their Talent Outreach unit encouraging more young professionals, and especially women to apply to the UN and help the world to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals ​I would love to live and work abroad again sometime in the near future. ​I love that our generation of women feel less pressure to live a conventional life (i.e. get married and have kids)... If you are also interested in living and working abroad again by becoming an international civil servant at the United Nations, please visit​ ​There you can explore the many different career pathways into the UN, and the world needs your talents now more than ever!"

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If you know of anyone who might have what it takes to live, work and study abroad on the Mountbatten program, please help us spread the word! See full details.

March 2017 Completion Ceremony - London

On Tuesday 20th February, students, staff and guests gathered for the March 2017 intake awards ceremony at The Brewery in Moorgate. A drinks reception was followed by the main ceremony. Gary Ball (Deputy Director General) gave an address and closing words, while speeches were given by our alumna Maggie Green (MBA March 2011 – London) who is the Director, Client Solutions Operations at Great Place to Work US; Max Boudreaux (MBA Programme Participant), Ilza Javed (MA Programme Participant) and Kiarra Smothers (PGC Programme Participant). The speakers entertained the audience, sharing their experiences and lessons learned during their year in London. Maggie, our alumna speaker shared how her MBA experience directly impacted her subsequent career. Other staff and guests included Dr Melissa Willby (Academic Director) and Dr Geoffrey Paul (St Mary's University).

Following the ceremony, dinner was served in the Upper Sugar room, and towards the end of the meal there was a slideshow of the March 2017 intake's year.

Mountbatten would like to congratulate and wish the best of luck to all participants, and ask them to stay in touch as their professional lives progress.

To view the album of photographs of the Ceremony taken by our event photographer Almudena Romero, go to Mountbatten Connect.

A Day In The Life

Doreen Thompson-Addo

New York, January 2002

Doreen is a graduate of Keele University (2001), where she studied International Relations & Affairs, spending a semester at the American University of North Carolina. Since completing the Programme, Doreen has primarily worked in the voluntary/charitable sectors, most notably for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Doreen's most recent role is Widening Participation Manager at King's College London University. She is also studying towards her postgraduate qualification in Career Development and Coaching, and a recent mother! Read full article.

Sophie Argent

New York, September 2004

Sophie graduated from London Metropolitan University in 2003 and went on to join the New York, September 2004 cohort. Sophie, a qualified lawyer has previously worked for the Walt Disney Company in London, as well as Ofcom. She has been in her current role as a Media Lawyer for Channel 4 for the last 5 years where she gives legal content advice on issues which arise in the course of making and broadcasting over 80 programmes on Channel 4. Read full article.

In The News

We are delighted to announce that Eugene Wyniawskyj (New York, August 2016) and Harmony Myhres (London, August 2017) recently got engaged. They met at a networking event in New York while Eugene was there on Mountbatten, and since Harmony was working in financial services, Eugene told her about the London programme. Harmony also wanted to do a Masters and liked the idea of a year in London, so they switched to cities (after Eugene completed his year), and Harmony came to join the London programme. Eugene proposed in Bangalore, India at the Leela Palace! Congratulations to both of you. See photo above in far right of the header.

David Taylor (New York, August 2012) recently informed Mountbatten of a vacancy in the company he works in Investec Wealth & Investment Ltd in Edinburgh. It is a Trainee Investment Manager role, and would be ideal for a recent alum. All the details are on Mountbatten Connect

Kemi Oguntoye (New York, August 2011), winner of BPF's Rising Star Award 2017. Diversity and Inclusion Officer - BPF Futures Advisory Board. Kemi's BPF Futures Advisory Board met recently with No 10's Planning & Housing Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister. They provided a presentation on property, policy, industry perception, junior talent, and diversity & inclusivity. See her profile on LinkedIn

Varun Bhanot (New York, August 2012) is the Head of Business Development at Hubble an online commercial real estate company in London, which recently won 4 out of 8 awards at the Property Week Best Places to Work 2018. Congratulations!

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