For most people the concept of Continue readingis relatively straightforward. It’s essentially a means to help up-and-coming new talent develop and flourish. By and large this involves an experienced professionals taking a mentee under their wings and helping them to grow and achieve their full potential. However, mentoring services can sometimes be delivered in a different and unique way: the principle remains the same, but the process can be inverted. American investment banker John Studzinski, who founded the Genesis Foundation, will announce the name of the winner of the £25,000 arts prize he has pledged to help to unlock the unparalleled artistic talent of Britain. What makes this prize unique isn’t the money involved, though that in itself is substantial and roughly equivalent to the prize fund awarded for the turner Prize. No, what makes it unique is the fact that the winner has to use the prize to fund the development of new raw talent, rather than spend the money on whatever whim may take their fancy.
Senergy, the global energy service company, is to facilitate a government cross-border SME Continue readingscheme that will help oil and gas firms from the UK and Norway to increase their presence and influence in their respective geographic markets. The government-backed move will offer expert advice and support to both small and medium sized businesses, and help Senergy build on its company’s vision to become one of the most respected and admired international brands associated with the supply and delivery of energy.
What links eccentric genius Heston Blumenthal and the 2012 London Olympics? Well, you’d be forgiven for not really getting the connection, but the answer is strangely Continue reading. The chef has been asked by British Airways to oversee its Olympic-themed menu which will be sampled by over 3 million passengers during the course of the summer games. Blumenthal‘s task has been to devise a menu that represents the very best of British as part of its Great Britons programme. Part of the chef’s role was to select an upcoming star chef and offer his mentoring services. Blumenthal chose the hugely talented chef Simon Hulstone and together they have gone on to create what promises to be a very special menu indeed, with dishes that celebrate our rich history whilst showcase young British talent at its best.
Could the idea of speed dating ever work in a business or working environment? Well, if the experience at International Women’s Day is anything to go by, then the answer is most definitely yes. The conference held at the Southbank Centre last week brought together women’s leaders to offer advice and business Continue readingguidance. The conference was part of WOW – Women of the World, a festival started in 2011 to celebrate women’s achievements and to look for solutions to the many inequalities that women still face globally. What made this event unique was that it was the first ever conference to feature a large-scale speed mentoring event. Hundreds of women and girls from all walks of life were invited to pose a question or challenge they would like a female to help them address. It might not fit the standard industry pattern, but the theory was if it worked in the dating industry, then why should it not be equally as effective in business.
What Britain needs right now is another Saturday Night talent contest. After all, we surely can’t get too much of a good thing, can we? Well, if you took a straw poll of viewers, then the chances are they would probably plead enough is enough. We’ve already had Pop Idol, X Factor, Britain’s got talent, on top of countless other reality TV series. If that wasn’t bad enough, we’re now seeing the latest baffling incarnation of would-be celebrity TV – constructed-reality programmes. If you’ve ever watched Made in Chelsea, or Geordie Shore, you’ll probably struggle to get a grip on what you’re watching: is it real, or simply fake – who can tell? All we know is that whoever wins these competitions, the chances are they’ll have slipped off the radar just as quickly as they appeared on it. These ‘reality’ programmes are anything but real. Continue reading
The John Schofield Trust for junior reporters was launched in 2011. The scheme was designed to mould and develop young talented reporters and turn them into fully-fledged, experienced journalists by offering help, advice and Continue readingsupport from senior journalists within the print media and television industries, like Razia Iqbal, Andrew Wilson and Evan Davis.
Jeffrey Archer, the former politician turned author once famously wrote that if you have talent and energy, you’re a king. If you have only energy and no talent, you’re still a prince, but if you have talent and no energy, you’re a pauper. Now he’s hardly renowned as a spokesman for media Continue reading, but he does make a valid point. No matter how naturally talented an actor might be, nothing can ever take the place of hard work and application. It’s this essential message that the former actress, Elizabeth Kemp, tries to get across to her graduate students. Kemp found fame initially in the film ‘The best little whorehouse in Texas’ before going on to appear in the hit series L.A. Law and Thirty-Something. However, after hitting the wall after over 40 years in the business she found herself back in New York’s Midtown at the world-renowned Actor’s Studio, passing on her considerable knowledge and experience to her young mentees as they embark on what she hopes will be equally successful careers.