Mission Include applications open

2018 Year of launch
111 Organisations
3000 Participants

Developing the leaders of tomorrow

Mission Include is an award winning and thriving cross-company mentoring programme, founded in 2018 with the aim to support and advance under-represented talent.

This programme is unique both for its cross-company, cross-sector principles but also its cross-diversity strand approach.

Each year organisations and their respective participants embark on a nine-month mentoring and development programme, expertly delivered by Moving Ahead.  

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Programme feedback

During the 2022 - 2023 programme the key feedback from participants was


have moved roles, been promoted or expanding their responsibilities since they enrolled on the programme


of participants said they had learnt new skills from the programme that will change their future behaviour 


of mentors are now vocal advocates of DEI and one third contribute to internal mentoring and sponsorship programmes

We're proud to be working with Moving Ahead and a consortium of leading campaigns to deliver this one of a kind programme.

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Why is this programme needed

There is no doubt that the case for DE&I has to be made again and again, in a new way. The sort of work that Moving Ahead is doing through the Mission Include programme is exactly what I think we at Change the Race Ratio have in mind when we talk about bringing a single, united solution.

Sir Trevor Phillips, Chair, Change the Race Ratio

We all have a role to play to ensure that the persistent inequities in business and our society are addressed and this programme, which is open to mentees from all under-represented groups, is a way for companies to do that.

Hanneke Smits, Global Chair, 30% Club

Very often, underrepresented talent in organisations are blocked out of networks. They don’t necessarily have people who will advocate for them when they’re not in the room. And Moving Ahead, by doing this mentoring programme, allows us to correct that injustice.

Dr Grace Lordan, Associate Professor, LSE

Action on race equity doesn’t happen in isolation in the business. So we need to recognise that and work together with partners, with the wider business world, to achieve the difference that we want to see.

Richard DeNetto, CEO, Change the Race Ratio

Mission Include is different because it is overtly leaning in to what a lot of organisations are already doing, but formalising it and really raising the game. When you drill down, I honestly think that each underrepresented community is facing the same challenges. So if you find that commonality - and that’s what Mission Include will seek to do - that’s when we’ll see real system change.

Katy Talikowska, CEO, The Valuable 500

We’re now in a new stage where employers are going to have five generations within one workplace. And that’s a really hard dynamic to really think about how to manage. But the power of intergenerational conversations that comes from having all age ranges in a team is amazing.

Kay Allen OBE, Founder, Age Irrelevance
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The programme at a glance

Mission Include is a structured cross company programme, developed by Moving Ahead and supported by a cross section of leading ED&I campaigns.

  • Expertly matched pairs, where mentors and mentees both benefit and learn.

  • World-leading speakers delivering thought provoking and educational content.

  • Mentoring training via events and online learning to ensure the opportunity to participate is maximised.

  • An unrivalled opportunity for organisations to network and build new relationships

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