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The W50 program fosters training for leading women all over the world

Madrid, 2nd September 2015.- Banco Santander, through Santander Universities, fosters training for women executives at UCLA through the W50 Program. The fifth edition brought together 43 women from twelve countries.

The initiative is addressed to women from all over the world and the aim is to provide training for the new generation of leading women so that they can sit be members of boards of directors. The program promotes female excellence and leadership all over the world among executives with prominent academic and professional careers.

When selecting the candidates their professional background has been considered, especially the fact of participants being able to prove their experience in managerial positions, and that they have the required potential to hold senior posts on boards of directors.

The 43 participants in this fifth edition include professionals from Germany (3), Brazil (2), China (3), USA (4), Spain (12), Ireland (1), Mexico (2), UK (9), Singapore (2), Switzerland (2), Uganda (1), and Uruguay (1).

Kelly Bean, associate dean of the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and a teacher in the program, points out: “We need pioneers to get over the stereotypes barring women from accessing administration bodies. We don’t need symbols. True diversity must become an integral part of the corporate strategy.”

Elena Méndez Díaz-Villabella, a Spaniard who directs the enEvolución network and one of the participants in the program, remarked: “It is a decisive experience, a threshold with a before and an after. The program provides the keys for commencing strategy changes within organizations, and for the development of a greater number of women in managerial posts, aside from supporting leading women across the world. You commit to being part of the change. I would encourage all professional women to participate in the program”.

Verónica Brezzo, from Uruguay and CEO of Next, also benefited from the program and commented: “It is a revolutionary experience. You commit to becoming part of the change. The context is decisive, you spend 6 days with leading women from all over the world, guided by professors from UCLA. I recommend it to all women wishing to become senior executives or to improve as such. It is a turning point in the career development of any person.”

The bank W50 program lasts three months and it combines online and onsite training. It is structured in three modules, one of which was taught over six days at the UCLA Campus, where participants learned about key topics such as strategic leadership, coaching and networking.

Santander Universities maintains a stable alliance with 1,200 academic institutions in 20 countries. This is a network where universities from all over the world can meet and engage in dialogue. More information: www.santander.com/universities

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