Unlocking ambition

The Senior Leadership Academy (SLA) is our annual 12-month programme of coaching, education and peer-networking for individuals with aspirations of the boardroom. It’s our practical way of helping to build the pipeline for future inclusive leaders who are passionate about personal development and pushing for progressive change within their organisations.

Be Inspired is for all and we know that not everyone wants to be a retail CEO, but for those who do, the SLA is a unique, ready-made networking group. We want to give our academy members new contacts, essential insights and fresh perspectives.

Throughout our one-year programme they will meet new peers and ambassadors at our academy workshops, hear from inspirational speakers and benefit from free educational passes at our flagship events, Retail Week Live, Be Inspired virtual conference in June and Diversity Futures in November.

For SLA workshops between November 2021 and November 2022, we are splitting these 50/50 between two core streams: personal development and progressive leadership training.

“I love being part of the Senior Leadership Academy - I’ve learnt so much, especially the importance of finding time for my development and wellbeing. Thanks to everyone involved!”

Laura Ward, Head of Branding and Packaging, Lidl GB


We are also working with a greater number of career-development specialists and D&I experts at the cutting-edge of new training techniques to better build the leadership skills necessary to fulfil our members’ ambitions.

We are delighted that global tech organisation Fujitsu is the headline partner of the SLA 2021. Fujitsu’s backing of the SLA demonstrates its commitment to being an active participant in driving progressive change and equality in retail.

Find out more here.

Subjects and themes to be covered at 2022 SLA events include:

Stream A: Career and personal development

  • Embracing imposter syndrome
  • Thriving after failure 
  • Resilience and performing under pressure
  • Empathy and emotional intelligence
  • Introversion vs extroversion and the power of both

Stream B: Progressive leadership training

  • Transformational leadership – inclusivity from the top down 
  • Understanding intersectionality 
  • Leadership’s role in advancing racial equity
  • Supporting senior female leaders in the workplace

“The SLA has been hugely beneficial to me and our business, providing great learning opportunities”

Clare Wright, Group HR Director, Jardine Motors

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Fujitsu is the Senior Leadership Academy headline partner

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NSU is the learning and development partner of the Senior Leadership Academy