NextGen Leaders

WPP NextGen Leaders

NextGen Leaders – a WPP series

Speakers | Curriculum

NextGen Leaders is our 10-week virtual learning series for college students, recent graduates and those with 0-2 years of experience in any field. The first of its kind programme aims to provide learning, growth and professional development opportunities for early-career talent.

Registration for the Summer 2021 programme is now closed.

The series allows participants to hear from and connect with leaders across agency brands and functions at WPP, as well as clients, partners and others from our broader network.

It also provides a unique opportunity to experience WPP’s culture as a whole, build community and look “under the hood” of the world’s leading creative transformation company.


NextGen Leaders - Cindy Huang, Krystal Bailey, Paige Jowsey, Jamal Kennedy, Fatima Odebisi, Francesca Lewis, Simonas Rubis, Luisa Torres,

Executives from WPP’s brands and top clients will lead sessions covering everything from industry trends, marketing strategy and data science to experience design, emerging technology and culture. Participants will hear from a wide range of thought leaders and highly-regarded industry figures who will bring their perspectives on today’s key issues and how to use the power of creativity to build better futures. Participants will listen to prerecorded sessions and join live discussions, where they will have the opportunity to engage with one another.

In partnership with colleges, universities and organisations, the NextGen Leaders series aims to reach a diverse pool of early-career talent. Our Summer 2020 cohort included a group of 846 people, representing 54 different countries and 310 colleges and universities.

In addition to receiving a certificate of completion from Coursera, participants will come away from the program with their own professional network within WPP and may have the opportunity to secure full-time offers from WPP brands. Participants will also be encouraged to stay engaged with their cohort via private networks, such as an invite-only NextGen Leaders alumni network.

Reach out to NextGenLeaders@wpp.com with any questions.



Speakers include:

Jacqui Canney

Jacqui Canney

Chief People Officer, WPP

Laurent Ezekiel

Laurent Ezekiel

Chief Marketing and Growth Officer, WPP

Jane Geraghty

Jane Geraghty

Chief Executive Officer, Landor

Judy Jackson

Judy Jackson

Global Head of Culture, WPP

Christina Mallon

Christina Mallon

Global Inclusive Design & Digital Accessibility Lead, Wunderman Thompson

Monique Nelson

Monique Nelson

Chief Executive Officer, UniWorld Group

Lindsay Pattison

Lindsay Pattison

Chief Client Officer, WPP

Mark Read

Mark Read

Chief Executive Officer

Sally Susman

Sally Susman

EVP & Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Pfizer


The curriculum – 7 June-9 August 2021

  Live sessions with WPP leaders On-demand learning through Coursera
Week 1 Welcome to WPP Introduction to WPP’s Capabilities, Agencies and Clients
Week 2 Inclusive Marketing: The Business Imperative Authenticity and Empathy in the Workplace
Week 3 What Customers Want The Different Roles within an Agency
Week 4 What Clients Want How Agencies Make Money
Week 5 Creativity and Innovation Exercising Your Creative Mind
Week 6 Content, Culture and Partnerships Understanding a Client Brief
Week 7 Navigating the World of Media Learning the World of Media
Week 8 Tech, Entertainment and the New Virtual World From Insights to Storytelling
Week 9 Reaching Communities through Public Relations Discovering the Power of PR, Branding and Design
Week 10 Trust and Inclusion in the Workplace Creating Your Path
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