Alumni support enabled 15 undergraduates to take part in a seven-day Leeds to New York Student Leadership Programme. The students participated in a series of intensive workshops, visits and events through which they explored the challenges facing business, community and cultural leaders in the two cities. The programme is designed to meet the demand of employers worldwide who are looking for the kind of talent to work fluidly across different geographies, sectors and generations.
The programme was funded by alumni donations to the Footsteps Fund, while Leeds alumni on both sides of the Atlantic gave practical support by becoming involved in the sessions, hosting visits to business premises and passing on their own skills, knowledge and experience. Marc Steatham (History 1983), Principal of Allen Street Marketing in New York was one of the alumni involved. “It was great to see so many undergraduates investigate issues, formulate answers and present their findings with such professionalism and passion,” he said. “I feel the future is safe!”