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Discover "How to Become a Game Changing Leader" in a special event hosted by GM Leadership Hive and University Academy 92

Fostering an understanding and forging stronger links between the student talent pool and businesses in our region, GM Leadership Hive will hold a special collaboration event with University Academy 92 (UA92) on 22nd March 2023 (Wednesday) to discover "How to Become a Game Changing Leader". 

Greater Manchester is renowned worldwide for our first-class universities and talented graduates ready for the local workforce. This event will bring together GM’s business network, local communities, and colleges/students to lead the way and shape the future - allowing a better transition from a student’s life to the world of work. 

Through panel discussions, the business leaders joining the event will have a chance to explore the key drivers for attracting future talent, including corporate social responsibility; social value; a wider sense of purpose, business ethics, sustainability and vision.  

Students and business leaders will have access and insight into the avenues, pathways and real world advice on how to become a new era leader. The session enables local businesses and university students to enjoy a morning of networking and gainful insights with keynote speakers, leadership panels and Q & A’s.  

“With the ‘new normal’ after COVID, the world is becoming increasingly competitive and constantly changing,” said Dawn Duggan, Head of People, Skills & Talent of Business Growth Hub.  

“Nowadays, social values and leadership are closely related. Influential leaders can create a positive social impact through their decisions and actions. Leaders who prioritise social value over financial returns are often in a better position to attract and retain talent, as employees want to work for a company that is making a positive impact on society, which creates a sense of purpose and meaning in their work, leading to increased productivity and job satisfaction.”  

Gareth Smith, Executive Director of Student Life and Strategy at UA92, said: “UA92 is an institution founded by Game Changing Leaders to make higher education accessible to all. 

"It’s imperative that students have opportunities to connect with a broad spectrum of businesses and organisations during their time at univeristy, helping to nurture talent and widen employment options. We’re excited to host this event with the Growth Company to inspire and develop the next generation of leaders who will help shape the Greater Manchester of the future."  

Joined by GC Social Value Advisors, The People, Skills and Talent Team, Skills for Growth – SME Support, Enterprising You and GM Good Employment Charter, Bridge GM, inspiring local businesses, and university representatives, the event will be an excellent way to understand how to become a game-changing leader, ensure attendees leave with insightful and practical takeaways. 

Use below links to sign up for the event at UA92 at the Old Trafford Campus. 


How to become a Game Changing Leader Tickets, Wed 22 Mar 2023 at 09:30 | Eventbrite 


 How to become a Game Changing Leader | GC Business Growth Hub 


Event Detail 

Date: Wednesday 22nd March 2023  

Venue: University Academy 92, Brian Statham Way, Old Trafford, M16 0PU  

Time: 9.30am to 11.30am 


Panel Discussion 

Facilitator: Chris Maguire, Founder at iMeg Partnership and Executive Editor at BusinessCloud & TechBlast 


Topic 1 - Real World Pathways 


  • Career routes for students following education  
  • Opportunities in the real world  
  • Experience sharing from energetic entrepreneurs  
  • The way to become a game-changing leader 


  • Azeem Amir, Owner of Learn With ESS 
  • Zeenat Naeem, Owner & Director of Surecare Trafford 
  • Sarah Maguire, Senior People Partner – Digital Experience of Manchester United 
  • Abz Mohammed, UA92 Graduate & neuro-diverse speaker/ podcaster 


Topic 2 - How should a Leader Embrace Social Value 


  • How to build social value into your business 
  • What younger people are looking for from employers 
  • What to aim for to be recognised as a ‘good employer’ 
  • How to attract and retain our local young talent to meet your recruitment challenges 


  • Ian MacArthur, Director of Good Employment Charter 
  • Nadir Sultan, Social Value Business Advisor of Business Growth Hub 
  • Colin Savage, Commercial Director of AEW Architects 
  • Georgia Fitzgerald, Associate Director of The Juice Academy 


About Greater Manchester Leadership Hive 

The GM Leadership Hive’s fully funded programmes empower you with the tools, skills, and knowledge to run your business as successfully as possible. 

With programmes ranging from workforce development to leadership mentoring, the Hive is here to help. Made available to you in conjunction with GC Business Growth Hub and the region's university business schools. Find out more here. 


About University Academy 92 (UA92) 

University Academy 92 (UA92) is a groundbreaking higher education institution co-founded by the Class of ‘92 and Lancaster University. 

Based in Old Trafford, Manchester, UA92 is committed to making higher education accessible to all no matter the background, through its founding principles of accessibility, social mobility and inclusivity. 

UA92 offers a portfolio of degree and higher education courses across business, sport, media and digital disciplines, preparing students for the world of work by offering industry-led courses. 

UA92 gives students a clear route into industry by opening the door to leading businesses. Working in partnership with leading industry names including Microsoft, TalkTalk, KPMG and Manchester United, students benefit from mentors, guest lectures and work experience opportunities, in addition to character and personal development guidance, and financial support beyond traditional scholarships and government loans.  

UA92 degrees are accredited by Lancaster University.  

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