Black Women in Asset Management launches Leadership Accelerator programme

Black Women in Asset Management (BWAM) has launched the BWAM Leadership Accelerator​ - a transformative six-month programme that will bring together a cohort of high-performing Black women from across the asset management industry (including professional services). 

The curriculum is evidence-based and designed to accelerate the careers of mid-to-senior level professionals.

The six-month experience applies a blended learning approach, incorporating individual coaching, small group coaching circles, and three full-day virtual workshops. The programme will be delivered by highly skilled executive coaches and facilitators who have specific expertise in enhancing leadership skills in Black professionals. The curriculum will focus on core competencies such as Authentic Leadership, Navigating Bias, Emotional Intelligence and Communications. The Leadership Accelerator will begin in May 2021.

Black women remain vastly underrepresented at all levels within the investment industry. A 2019 report by the Investment Association showed that less than 1% of investment managers in the UK are Black. BWAM aims to drive positive change by providing women with insight and resources needed to advance, while also encouraging firms to create more inclusive environments. Formed in 2019, the organisation has become a valuable community for investment professionals, lawyers, consultants, administrators, and other advisors in the asset management field. To date, BWAM has over 400 members and has hosted over 20 networking, educational and outreach events.

BWAM Chair and co-founder, Jacqueline Taiwo, says: “BWAM is thrilled to launch a transformative leadership experience for Black women professionals. The Leadership Accelerator is specifically designed to arm high-potential Black women with the tools required to navigate career road-blocks and lead with impact. The programme also offers organisations an amazing opportunity to invest in the Black women within their workforce.”

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