Chief Executive Officer & Founder, SEO London
Our story begins in New York in 1963. Inner city kids from underprivileged backgrounds face limited opportunities and, often, underperforming school systems. Students look for role models and support to achieve their aspirations.
New Yorker Michael Osheowitz is committed to the vision that ambition and intelligence – not zip codes or skin colour – should determine who succeeds. At age 24, he founds Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) as a mentoring programme to help underserved students gain admission to competitive colleges and universities.
SEO New York launches the Career Programme, the first summer internship programme for under-represented college students on Wall Street. In a pioneering diversity initiative, eleven summer interns are placed at five investment banks.
SEO London is founded by SEO New York Career alumnus, Andrew Fairbairn. Andrew moves to London with a leading investment bank and witnesses the same opportunity to increase workplace diversity using the SEO New York model. That summer, 7 interns start at 5 major investment banks.
SEO London launches the Schools programme to serve high achieving year 11-13 pupils from low socio-economic backgrounds. The Schools programme broadens students’ horizons through access to academic, professional and enrichment opportunities.
SEO London launches the Connect platform to support SEO Careers alumni and like-minded professionals as they progress their careers, through providing experienced hiring opportunities.
SEO London’s scale has increased significantly across its three flagship programmes, SEO Careers, SEO Scholars and SEO Connect.
SEO London’s Careers Programme partners with over 50 sponsor firms across eight leading industries and has supported several thousand alumni into internships and graduate roles since 2000.
SEO Scholars provided hundreds of students with comprehensive training, mentoring and work experience.
SEO Connect connects our outstanding professionals with experienced job opportunities not just in the UK, but also Africa and Asia.
SEO USA is considered one of the most innovative and successful educational, career training and professional development programmes for high school and college students of colour in America. SEO USA’s Career Programme now has over 12,000 alumni and supports students into leading industries such as consulting, investment banking and corporate law.
SEO USA’s founding program, is now SEO Scholars, a rigorous eight-year out-of-school academic program that begins in the 9th grade and continues through college graduation.
Driven by SEO alumni leadership, the SEO movement is growing across the globe, with the establishment of SEO Africa, SEO China and SEO Vietnam.
Chief Executive Officer & Founder, SEO London
Head of Finance
Head of Student Attraction & Alumni Engagement
Corporate Law Programme Co-ordinator & Marketing
Director of Operations and Schools Programme
Schools and Projects Manager
Programme Manager, Investment Banking & Asset Management
Programme Co-ordinator, Investment Banking & Asset Management
Programme Manager, Corporates, Engineering & Consulting
Programme Co-ordinator, Corporates & Consulting
Senior Programme Co-ordinator, Engineering, Corporates and Consulting
Programme Manager, Corporate Law and City Solicitors Horizons
Programme Co-ordinator, Investment Banking and Asset Management
Programme Co-ordinator, Corporate Law
Founder of SEO & Chairman Emeritus
Chairman of the Board of SEO London, Managing Partner at Blackbird Capital Partners
Director, SEO London, Investor in Natural Resources
Director, SEO London, Founding Partner and Head of Corporate & Finance, Winston & Strawn LLP
Director, SEO London
Director, SEO London, Partner at Goldman Sachs
Director SEO London, Chief Risk & Strategy Officer at Plutos Sama LLC, MD at Distressed Capital Management
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What we do at SEO changes life chances. When our young people start successful career journeys, they inspire others and access economic opportunities. They contribute to a world where ethnic and socioeconomic diversity is celebrated as a central pillar of the workplace.
The giving back ethos of our alumni, candidates and supporters keeps our programmes flourishing. We’re grateful to all of you that contribute your gifts in so many ways.