Carmen AntiqueiraHead of Corporate PartnershipsMaking The Leap

I have been with Making The Leap since 1998 and in that time, I have held a variety of roles before becoming Head of Corporate Partnerships. I am responsible for business development and income generation from corporates. I approach organisations that have an interest in social mobility, to establish mutually beneficial partnerships designed to support their EDI and CSR aims. I share the many ways organisations can support and be directly involved in our activity, and I also encourage them take an active role in the social mobility movement by promoting SOMO partnership.

For me, doing what I do comes from the heart and is shaped by my own experience of attending a school that had low expectations of me and growing up in a rundown council tower block where my daily reality was far removed from where I wanted to be. I saw many of my school mates and university friends giving up on their dreams despite being academically bright because their daily reality kept chipping away at their confidence, and dare I say it mine.

There was nothing like Making The Leap around at that time to help us believe in ourselves, inspire us and help us build a professional network. But now Making The Leap is here and together with our partners we can make a difference to many young people.

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