In addition to partnering with Common Purpose on programmes for professionals, Pan-Asian life insurer FWD Group has also sponsored Common Purpose student programmes, which develop the next generation of leaders. This enabled FWD leaders to work with students as they tackled a challenge within their city. For the FWD team, it provided a unique insight into this next generation of global leaders, while the students gained a hugely powerful coaching opportunity from insurance industry professionals.
Most recently, FWD sponsored our Global Leader Experience in Manila, delivered in partnership with De La Salle University, where the students tackled the challenge: “How do smart cities ensure they are inclusive?” This included an immersion in the FWD offices, where students explored the company’s culture of innovation.
“I think the programme is a good way for students to be exposed to external realities and be aware of what is happening in the country. I also value the role I had as a mentor as it helped me learn to focus on the developmental progress of the students, rather than giving too much emphasis on the group output, which is the default mode in the corporate setting.”
Queenie Chua, Head of Business Intelligence, FWD Philippines
“I learned a lot from the speakers and other student leaders about Cultural Intelligence, social issues, and especially about myself. I’m thankful that I was able to learn and know more about myself to become a good leader.”
Hannah Calinisan, Participant, De La Salle University
“What made the biggest impact on me today was the different ideas that my co-participants presented. We were able to look at different problems mentioned from different perspectives, and work with different people.”
Armina Felicci Lara, Participant, De La Salle University
“We fully support Common Purpose and its primary objective of developing leaders who can cross boundaries. We have been continually impressed with the quality of students that we’ve met. They are a unique network of students–the next generation of global leaders, who we wouldn’t normally be able to access. Through programmes like these, we will be able to equip the next generation with the skills they need to lead.”
Mervin Pobre, Chief of Staff, FWD Philippines