EY and Athlete Career Transition support elite sport career transition

03 March 2017 Consultancy.uk

To support elite sports people transition from a career in sport to one in the business world, EY and Athlete Career Transition have joined forces. EY will offer a positions and training resources to support the transition, while ACT will oversee the recruitment process between sporting organisations and EY.

High-performing athletes often become such by rigorous discipline, keen dedication and resolve and constant training and development. Working as part of a team, they hone the area of their body, and strategic parts of their mind, as needed to become the best in the world. Careers at the top end of sport, however, tend to be relatively short lived, as new competitors, leveraging their younger bodies, come to outperform former stars.

In a bid to support those among the elite sporting community that are keen to transfer the skills and practices they developed during their sports career, into leadership within the business world, EY and the Athlete Career Transition* (ACT) have joined forces.

EY and Athlete Career Transition support elite sport career transition

EY will offer athletes across the globe professional roles within its global operation, as well as the necessary training and development resources to make the transition possible. ACT will be there to oversee the recruitment process for the programme, with this years’ intake focused on athletes in the British & Irish Lions rugby tour, the National Football League (NFL), the Women’s Rugby World Cup, the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

The programme builds on the firm’s efforts last year with the EY Women Athletes Business Network, which saw nine female RIO 2016 competitors join the firm as interns, some of whom are joining the firm as full-time hires this year.

Nancy Altobello, EY Global Vice Chair – Talent, says, “At EY, we’re always exploring new and innovative ways to find and retain the best talent. Elite athletes thrive in a culture of high-performing teams, and their perseverance, drive and leadership are all transferable qualities that are incredibly beneficial in business. The skills and experiences they possess will contribute to our purpose of building a better working world.”

Steve Moore, ACT Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, says, “The same dedication athletes use to reach the top of their game in sport can be applied in professional business settings, and we’re committed to maximizing this by working closely with each athlete to ensure a smooth transition into their new careers at EY.”

* An organization that identifies, matches and places athletes in global business environments.


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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”