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LSBU Alumni talk encourages UTC students to succeed

At South Bank UTC, we want to inspire our students to achieve great things. Donna Herdsman is an incredible role model and our Sixth Form students have been lucky enough to hear her incredible story first-hand.  

Donna graduated from London South Bank University (LSBU) in 1994. Her career has included senior roles in public finance and as a partner within IBM’s Global Business Services and Client Director at Hewlett Packard. She was named in the Financial Times as one of the leading BAME Executives in the US, UK and Ireland in 2016 and is the current UK Black Businesswoman of the Year.

Now, as a consultant, speaker, coach and mentor she is drawing on her experience in business change and transformation to help promote diversity.

Donna shared her interesting and inspiring life story with our students, showing them what commitment, hard work and determination can create. She showed that breaking barriers in society can open doors in their future.

There is an important place for role models for young people. “I don’t think you can overestimate the importance of authentic senior role models, especially women. They are such a tangible indication that it’s possible to succeed.’’ Donna explains. “Now that I’m the one in the more senior position, I want to do what I can to help. It’s not that I think I’ve made it, or that I know all the answers – far from it! But I know that we all have our own story to tell, and that if you can help just one person pursue their dreams, then you should step up.’’