In partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), 125 aspiring female leaders will undertake a scholarship that trains top negotiation skills as part of a dynamic, hands-on programme.

The scholarships are for women who are five to twelve years into their career and aspire to become leaders in any industry.

Applications can be submitted at up to 16 June.

Madrid, 13 April 2021.
Banco Santander is launching the second Santander Scholarships Women | Emerging Leaders – LSE programme through Santander Universities and in partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to provide high-quality training to women who have five to twelve years' career experience and aspire to become leaders, irrespective of their industry. Applicants must have a C1 (or equivalent) or higher level of English and be from, or resident in, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Portugal, Poland, Uruguay, Peru, the UK and the US.

The aim of this seven-week programme is to harness the potential of new generations of women leaders with the training, tools and negotiating skills they need to be more influential, persuasive and effective in future leadership positions. This initiative, which is consistent with Banco Santander's steadfast commitment to gender equality everywhere it operates, promotes and empowers talented women as part of a pledge that places the bank among the 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index’s top 10 companies.

Santander, which is also a signatory to the United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles, boasts a board that is 40% women, outperforming other large listed companies in Spain and in Europe. It has also set itself the target of having women in 30% of senior management positions by 2025.

The programme, which is open to 125 women, is run by the LSE, one of the most prestigious universities in the world and widely recognized for innovation and leadership. Participants will receive online training in English on such core skills for future leaders as negotiation strategies, principles and trends, as well as advanced and effective negotiation tactics. They will learn to analyse and effectively conduct negotiations using proven techniques, explore conflict-resolution strategies and hone their communication skills.

"Banco Santander is known for its commitment to diversity and is also keen to help bring about a future where the presence of women in leadership and board roles is equitable, so we must commit today to educating new generations. That’s why we’re very proud of this programme and of our partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science", said Javier Roglá, global head of Santander Universidades.

Professor Connson Locke, Professorial Lecturer in Management and W50 Academic Director at LSE, added: "We are delighted to offer the Santander Scholarships Women | Emerging Leaders - LSE programme in partnership with Santander Universities. It is a unique opportunity to support the next generation of women leaders through the development of their skills in basic competencies such as negotiation and communication. We think that the practical skills, strategies and tools acquired during this training will benefit the participants over the coming years on their leadership journey".

These scholarships are a unique opportunity for 125 women from diverse regions and professional backgrounds to share experiences in similar work settings and also engage in important networking when the programme has finished.

Classes will start on 6 October 2021. Prospective students can read about requirements and apply at until 16 June 2021.

Banco Santander and its support for higher education
Banco Santander, the leader in responsible banking, is firmly committed to progress and to inclusive, sustainable growth. Through Santander Universities, it has been a pioneering stalwart of higher education for 25 years, standing out among other financial institutions in the world. Banco Santander has committed more than EUR 2 billion and awarded over 630,000 scholarships and grants since its establishment.

About the London School of Economics and Political Science
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) was founded with the mission to understand the causes of things for the betterment of society. It has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence and is one of the world’s most international universities. Its examination of social, economic and political issues draws on most countries’ diverse perspectives and experiences. Since its founding, the LSE has set out to be a laboratory of social science, where ideas can be developed, analysed, evaluated and disseminated worldwide.