A total of 50 scholarships will provide the opportunity to participate in the first European edition of the Santander W50 programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

The programme equips the next generation of female leaders with training, tools and leadership skills required to advance and succeed in leadership positions.

The deadline to apply is April 20, 2020, at www.becas-santander.com

Madrid, 4th March 2020 - Banco Santander, through Santander Universities, has launched the 10th edition of its successful female leadership programme, Santander W50. This year, the programme will be held in Europe for the first time, at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

This six-day on-campus programme, taking place from 26 – 31 July 2020, equips the next generation of female leaders with training, tools and leadership skills required to advance and succeed in leadership positions. Since its introduction in 2011, the Santander W50 programme has supported over 700 professionals from 33 countries to further develop their careers. 

Although the presence of women in board positions is growing, many companies are still far from the target advised by the CNMV's Good Governance Code: at least 30% women on the boards of directors of listed companies by 2020.

Banco Santander, which already has 40% women on its board and aspires to hold between 40% and 60%, is empowering and supporting the role of women in the business world.

Through Santander W50, the preparatory sessions and 6 days of face-to-face training at LSE in July, participants will gain valuable knowledge on key issues of corporate governance whilst establishing a network of future leaders in their sectors, encouraging networking and continuous dialogue long after the programme has finished.

Candidates must be fluent in English, have 10 to 20 years of work experience in senior positions and demonstrate leadership abilities. 

Training in the essential subjects for leaders of the future will be held by management experts Connson Locke, Emma Soane and Rebecca Newton from the LSE, covering organisational intelligence, leadership, business strategy and negotiation.

SW50 - The next generation of Leading Women has been created with stories and testimonials from previous participants of the programme. The requirements for the programme and the application form can both be found on this link.

About Banco Santander

Banco Santander is firmly committed to progress and inclusive and sustainable growth with a consolidated commitment to higher education which distinguishes it from other financial institutions around the world. With more than EUR 1,880 million earmarked for academic initiatives since 2002 through Santander Universities and more than 430,000 scholarships and university aid granted since 2005, it was recognised as the company that invests most in education in the world (Varkey/UNESCO/Fortune 500 Report), with 1,000 agreements with universities and institutions in 22 countries.

About LSE

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) was founded with the purpose to understand the causes of things for the betterment of society. 

The School has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence and is one of the most international universities in the world. Its study of social, economic and political problems focuses on the different perspectives and experiences of most countries. From its foundation LSE has aimed to be a laboratory of the social sciences, a place where ideas are developed, analysed, evaluated and disseminated around the globe.

LSE has more than 25 years’ experience of open enrolment short courses, providing global professionals with a foundation of unified knowledge and critical thinking skills, to deeply understand today and influence tomorrow.