Testimonials

What People Say about The Marketing Academy...

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Don't just take our word for it. This is what our Scholars in the UK and Australia have said about The Scholarship program...

I genuniely feel that the academy has given me the tools and assistance I require to succeed over the next few years: the mentors with their extensive personal experiences and future marketing insight, the scholar network to share this amazing journey with and the executive coach which provides the glue to bring together all of the learning.

I decided to apply for the academy to take my learning to the next level. When you work within a smaller business often with a small marketing team – you look outside of the organisation for help and inspiration. The academy is one massive thinktank and sounding-board which enables me to constantly test our marketing capabilities with inspiration from some of the top marketers in the UK.

I would advise anybody that is joining the academy that “what got you here, won’t get you there”! The academy is 80% leadership & 20% marketing – so if you want to be a marketing leader the academy will help prepare you in the best possible way

Daniel Chidley, Account Director, The Azalea Group, 2011 Scholar / UK

Boot Camp certainly enabled me to look at issues differently, understand how I communicate and I learned so much more about myself and my values that I thought I ever could. I have attended many ‘leadership’ courses throughout my career but this programme is outstanding!

Scholar alumni, 2015 / Australia

Pulling together over 80 marketing director mentors, numerous organisational facilities and 28 scholars has been an amazing achievement.

Sally Cowdry, Marketing Director Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd

Marketing Academy Board Member / 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

The Marketing Academy has been an amazing experience. To learn from people that have been there and developed in the industry is honestly priceless. In no other network or environment have I been in such a position that has enabled me to grow and learn on both a personal and professional level. It is like nothing I’ve done before and if you’re looking to develop yourself and your career I couldn’t recommend it more highly.

James Eder, Founder & Director at The Beans Group, 2012 Scholar / UK

Hands down the best thing I have done for my career. Great people, inspiring mentors, motivating coaches and a really reliable support network. Highly recommended.

Scholar alumni, 2017 / Australia

The Marketing Academy has far exceeded my expectations. I have met some really inspirational and interesting senior Marketing leaders who have been both generous and honest in sharing their advice and experiences- I have already developed an enviable list of contacts and that will only expand by the end of the academy!

If I was to give one piece of advice to any talented, ambitious Marketeer it would be to do everything you can to try and secure a place on the Marketing Academy- it’s an experience that will benefit you for years to come.

I have been involved in lots of training and development in the past but nothing comes close to the Marketing Academy. The unique combination of coaching, leadership training, mentoring, faculty days and working with a charity delivers a fantastic combination of experiences and learning. In summary it’s just great!

Sarah Ellis, Managing Director of Gravity Road, 2011 Scholar / UK

Being a part of the Marketing Academy is like winning the National Lottery when it’s a double rollover. It has changed my life forever in the most positive way and allows me to share great things with people around me.

Bev Lam, 2010 Alumni / UK

There’s nothing quite like The Marketing Academy, the talent and diversity of the people you meet equals pure inspiration and learning at its best.

Laila Takeh, Digital Strategy and Innovation Manager, Monitor Deloitte, 2013 Scholar / UK

The Marketing Academy has given me access to a wide range of people who have candidly shared their knowledge and experiences with me. Understanding their different approaches and views has helped me better shape my objectives, given me tools to improve my leadership style, and made me realize the true worth of building my own brand.

Alfredo Garicoche, 2011 Scholar / UK

Gaining a place on The Marketing Academy Scholarship programme has been the single most incredible thing I have ever achieved in my career. Not only has it transformed the way I think about marketing, it has also made me a better leader both at work and at home. Gaining access and spending time with the most incredible array of coaches, mentors, speakers and like minded individuals has been truly inspirational and life changing. I have also made a network of lifelong friends that I have no doubt will play a significant role in my career and personal life for many years to come.

Scholar alumni, 2017 / Australia

The Marketing Academy is an unparalleled opportunity to expose yourself to leading marketers, innovators, leaders and like minded scholars. It’s impossible to not be inspired and motivated into becoming, not only a better leader and marketer, but a better person too. Grab this opportunity with both hands and hopefully you’ll get the chance to see that I’m not exaggerating…

A key element of nurturing talent is exposure; exposure to inspiring leaders and thinkers who, merely through spending a couple of hours with them, make a direct impact on your skill set and understanding of the industry you work in. There is nothing quite like the Marketing Academy for exposing talent to today’s leading marketers. It’s a personal development opportunity not to be missed!

Josh Connell, Head of Content, Sports at Hill+Knowlton, 2011 Scholar / UK

The Marketing Academy programme gave me the opportunity and chance to reflect intensely on my role as a leader at work, at home, in life. This reflection has brought a greater sense of self awareness and positivity to everything I touch. Eternally grateful.

Scholar alumni, 2016 / Australia

A wonderfully rich, varied and rewarding learning platform for every aspiring marketing leader. In isolation, each of the Marketing Academy faculties is worth the rigorous application process. In sum, they constitute a programme that is unique in mission, broad in scope and blessed with industry mentors that would top any young marketers lunch wish-list. A ready-made marketing network for the next ten years of your life.

Adam Kennedy, Managing Director, Brisbane at Y&R ANZ, 2012 Scholar / UK

The Scholarship is not just career changing, it’s life changing. It’s not comparable to any other programme out there; it’s proper ‘money can’t buy’ stuff. If there’s even a teeny chance you can get a place, then apply, apply, apply.

Sophie Wheater, Head of Brand and Communications at Tesco Mobile, 2013 Scholar / UK

The Marketing Academy is awesome. Initially just being accepted on the course is a wonderful acknowledgement of your abilities and your potential – and then meeting your incredible fellow scholars is both humbling and inspiring as you realize you are considered as part of that peer group. The training, coaching and mentoring you receive is extraordinary, even more so when you consider that all of those people are giving their time for free. I’ve also found working with my charity extremely rewarding as it’s helped me realise quite how valuable my expertise can be! In fact, I am learning more about myself than I thought possible and I am sure that, in years to come, I will look back on the Marketing Academy as a significant turning point in my career.

Virginia Barnes, Global Head of Customer Propositions, Aviva, 2012 Scholar / UK

It’s so much more than marketing. ‘Leadership Academy for Life where you make Lifelong Friends’ is probably more like it, although admittedly not as catchy.

Gregor Lawson, Founder of Morphsuits, 2011 Scholar / UK

You’ll hear a lot of people say The Marketing Academy is life-changing. You probably won’t believe it. Not really.

I’ve been keeping a daily journal for the last two years. I only realized how truly life-changing TMA had been for me when I decided to compare journal entries from before and after. Seeing the stark difference in how I spoke about relationships, went about leadership, thought about others, handled difficult situations, and most of all, how I viewed myself, moved me to tears.

Great leaders inspire us because they change things. They don’t just make do. They don’t just fit in. They don’t just exist. They shape the world around us. There are many different styles of leadership that work, but I believe the one consistent characteristic all leaders have is an incredible sense of belief. In themselves, in their purpose, in their values. This is everything TMA helps you to nurture.

If you want to just make do. If you want to just fit in. If you want to just exist. The Marketing Academy is not for you.

Nic Yeeles, Co Founder & CEO of Peg, 2017 Scholar / UK

The Marketing Academy has inspired me to transform the way I think about the C-suite. It’s gone from a pipedream to an attainable goal!

Emily Byrne, General Manager of Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, L’oreal, 2014 Scholar / UK

The Marketing Academy: An intense year of learning, self reflection, inspiration and friendship that is truly character defining. Allowing young talent access to a toolkit of skills that will equip them and those around them to reach their greatest potential.

A journey that will truly have a positive impact on your life. In an environment with like minded peers, passionate in achieving their potential and a support network that truly inspire and believe in you to make it happen!

Adam Henderson, 2011 Scholar / UK

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