Congratulations! The Birmingham Leadership Programmes 2016 - 2017 Graduated

Congratulations! The Birmingham Leadership Programmes 2016 - 2017 Graduated

July 19, 2017

Two Programmes, nine months and sixty one sessions later, a total of sixty eight emerging leaders graduated from the Leadership Programme and the brand new Environmental Leadership Programme.  

On Friday 30th June, we put on our best skirts and shirts and entered the impressive Radisson Blu Hotel, who kindly part-sponsored the event. Here we celebrated the successes and the failures of the Graduates and their Social Action Campaigns in the community.

“Thank you very much for all of your support and help over the last 9 months. Before UpRising I was a bit lost after graduating and I could never have imagined how much the programme would help me, both personally and professionally” - Sophie, Environmental Leadership Programme

The evening was also about thanking our many supporters, without whom our programmes would not be possible. Over 530 hours were given in kind from speakers, mentors, coaches and members of our Alumni this year. Many of whom were in the audience, representatives from Birmingham KPMG, Birmingham City Council, Aston Business School and PAUSE came along to celebrate the achievements of both cohorts.

We would like to thank our friends at the Central England Co-operative for generously sponsoring the highly anticipated Dragons Den event, earlier in the year, by donating £1000 toward Social Action Campaigns.

Our new CEO, Lucy Caldicott, closed the ceremony with an inspiring key notes speech.

“I’m feeling evermore connected to Birmingham, the talent and passion of Birmingham, I’m inspired to maintain UpRising connections and facilitate change in the city” - Participant

This event was a wonderful end to a truly successful year, a special thanks also goes out to Future Leaders Club and Radisson Blu for part sponsoring our Graduation Ceremony.

As we move into our 10th year of UpRising, we could not think of a better way to round off our Leadership Programmes. Many congratulations to the class of 2016 - 2017.

We will be opening applications for the class of 2017 - 2018 this summer, ready for an Autumn start. Click the links if you would like to find out more about our Leadership Programme or Environmental Leadership Programme.