Diverse Leaders in Financial Services

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The Experience

During a six-month programme, you will receive intensive guidance around the “unwritten rules” of corporate life and the soft skills required to break into corporate leadership. Leadership talent will receive mentorship from ethnic corporate leaders, gain tailored career guidance from recruitment professionals and obtain access to a powerful network. You will learn to use your differences as a power and not a hindrance in your career.


of Roots Inspire alumni are now clear on how to achieve the next step in their careers
(in comparison to 21% before)


of Roots Inspire alumni
now feel inspired to maximise their potential
(in comparison to 53% before)


of Roots Inspire alumni now understand their unique strengths and how to capitalise on them
(in comparison to 46% before)

Key Benefits

Tailored Career Advisory

Tailored career advice from recruitment leads at our partner firms.

Leadership Training

Get equipped with the skills and training you need to lead in corporate.

Professional Network

Connect and get support from like-minded professionals as part of our community.

Senior Mentorship

Receive 1-on-1 mentorship from ethnic corporate leaders that have been in your shoes.


Receive a full programme sponsorship by our corporate partner firms.

Events & Workshops

Attend expert-led workshops about personal branding and corporate politics.

Eligibility & Criteria

This programme is designed for professionals who:

  • Self-identify as ethnic or from an underrepresented ethnic group.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience.
  • Have the ambition to pursue a senior career within financial services.
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“I spent 18 years in Banking, often being the only person of colour in the room. It’s time to change that!”

SERGIO PANDAY Co-founder & CEO, roots inspire

Application Process

Are you ready to take your career to the next level in the financial services sector? Here's how to join our Diverse Leaders in Financial Services programme.



You can nominate yourself or someone else for the programme.



Once you’ve nominated, you will receive more information about the programme, the time lines and the selection process.


Programme Start

Our programme will start in Q1 2024 with a cohort of the top selected talent in the financial services industry.

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A peek at our mentors

Sue Stephens


I fundamentally believe talent is distributed equally, opportunity is not.

Ference Lamp


From my mentees, I expect commitment, curiosity and eagerness. You can expect me to show you, success is possible.

Niraan De Silva


“Gaining a deeper understanding of the person across the table is an essential soft skill for leadership.”

Yemi Tepe

Morrison & Foerster LLP, Partner

I hope my immense sense of pride in my origins will motivate my mentees and prove that no hurdles are insurmountable

Sumitra Moeller

ABN AMRO, Managing Director

One of the key tools of career advancement is cultivating the courage to be genuine.

Robert Wong

Honeywell, Director of Sales

I hope to provide my mentees with the confidence and inspiration to chart their own successful course.

Register your Interest

We are looking for the top ethnic leadership talent in Financial Services. Register your interest for our Q1 2024 Cohort and our team will get in touch with you when the application for the programme opens!

Diverse Leaders in Financial Services