Lola Balogun: The New Mentor for the Aleto Foundation in Collaboration with the PRG and Programme One Partnership

September 7, 2023

In an innovative move towards a more inclusive and diverse workplace, PRG proudly announces the appointment of Lola Balogun as the new mentor for Programme One, in collaboration with the Aleto Foundation. This partnership marks a significant milestone in PRG’s journey to address underrepresentation and lead towards lasting transformation.

The underrepresentation of black talent within the recruitment sector has long been a pressing issue. Programme One, which was born out of a collective commitment to drive change, are prepared to address this historic imbalance. Seven months of dedication and hard work culminated in the birth of Programme One on June 1st, 2021.

The equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) agenda in the workplace encompasses various facets, from gender and gender identity to ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion, belief, and disability. Each initiative plays a vital role in dismantling discriminatory barriers and promoting a more equitable work environment.

However, Programme One stands out by focusing on a disproportionate underrepresentation: black recruiters. While underrepresentation exists across multiple ethnic groups, Programme One seeks to address the historical and unique challenges faced by individuals of Black heritage in the recruitment industry.


Action for Change

At its core, Programme One is a testament to the power of action. It goes beyond rhetoric and delivers tangible, meaningful change. It challenges biases, enhances equality of opportunity, and promotes equity, ultimately aiming to eliminate systemic racism across Asian, Black, and all minority ethnic groups.

In a world where discrimination persists, the initiative recognizes that lasting transformation requires collective commitment and decisive steps. Programme One is a promise, a commitment that together, as a united force of companies, the underrepresentation of Black talent within the industry will be tackled head-on.


Lola Balogun: PRG mentor for the Aleto Foundation

Central to the success of Programme One is the appointment of Lola Balogun as the mentor. With this new role, Lola brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and inspiration to the program. As a mentor, Lola will play a pivotal role in inspiring, motivating, and guiding his mentee on their professional journey. His expertise will be invaluable in helping individuals navigate the often-complex landscape of the recruitment world.

Lola said “I am happy to be part of a programme that will help people get into and stay in recruitment. I now get to be the person I needed when I started my career journey”.


A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

PRG firmly believes that diversity and inclusion are not just buzzwords but cornerstones of innovation and progress. By creating a platform that welcomes talented individuals from diverse backgrounds, PRG is not only breaking down barriers but also creating opportunities for everyone to thrive.

Lola Balogun’s involvement is a testament to PRG’s unwavering commitment to this vision. It signifies a significant step forward in the company’s pledge to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace.

In collaboration with the Aleto Foundation, Programme One is not just an initiative; it is a promise, a commitment, and a call to action. Together, we can drive change, remove inequality, and build a future where everyone can succeed, regardless of their background or heritage.


If you are seeking to be a part of a company that actively implements initiatives to ensure an inclusive and diverse workplace, PRG invites you to get in touch via the link here to apply.

If you would like to read more about Programme One, please click here. 

Written by:

Tracy Wright

Director of People

​Tracy is our Director of People and has overall responsibility for PRG’s People functions and culture. As a highly experienced and strategic recruitment & HR Professional she plays a key part in leading and delivering people initiatives to support the business strategy, to ensure the foundations of good people management are embedded within the company as well as leading the business through continued growth. Her passion is to help build a world-class, self-sustaining, high-performance culture that supports the business at scale therefore allowing it to meet its targets for growth and the development of new business lines in a fast-changing market. Her background in recruitment means she is perfectly placed to truly understand the needs of both the business and its people.

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