Girls in Y10-13 meet over 30 career women on International Women's Day
To celebrate International Women's Day, 34 career women were invited into School to give careers advice and guidance to Y10-13. Girls chose two from a choice of five workshops: 'Selling your Strengths', run by Professor Dana Brown, Principal of Leicester Castle Business School; 'Knowing your Strengths' by Alexis Hutson, who is a Leadership Coach; 'Dress to Impress' by Mélanie Taylor, House of Colour Image Consultant; 'Public Speaking' by Rebecca Reid, Smith Partnership, and a 'CV/Interview Zone' of eight career women in different fields:
Rachel Ryan, Senior Footwear Buyer, Travis Perkins
Stephanie Dunckley, Commercial Manager
Professor Jenny Harding, Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical & Manufacturing Engineering
Dr Shamsa Naveed, Respiratory Clinical Fellow, Glenfield Hospital
Siddhi Trivedi, Management Consultant, running own agency
Sue McDowell, Director Business Banking Leicestershire, NatWest
AnnMarie Hussain, Business & Commercial Banking, NatWest
Raspal Martin, Regional Head Of Business Development, NatWest
After these sessions, the girls chose three from a choice of seven Careers Panels: Health, Law,
Engineering, Careers that are a Bit Different, Business, Banking/Accountancy and Academia.
Every panel was made up of between four and seven experts who were asked questions by the girls about their sector. Women came from Rolls Royce, Jaguar Landrover, Emerson, Pick Everard, Freeths, Moosa-Duke Solicitors, Nelsons, Leicester University Law School, NatWest, Dimension Development Ltd, Mindera Software Craft, Grant Thornton, Leicestershire Hospitals, Glen Dental Clinic, and also included a trainee Community Pharmacist, an Artist, a full-time Community Volunteer and no less than three Professors from DMU, Leicester and Loughborough Universities! At the end of this inspiring day, the girls listened to Dr Shah from The Space Academy, who said she felt almost felt jealous of the girls who have so much potential to contribute to a world which offers so many technological opportunities.
Headmaster Alan Whelpdale said, 'LHS was delighted to welcome so many inspiring women who gave so generously of their time and expertise for our NO LIMITS Conference on International Women's Day. Developing an aspirational culture has become a priority for me. This conference demonstrated that there really are no limits to what the girls can achieve as we prepare them to take their place in the 21st Century. A truly memorable day.'
Parents were also invited to the event, as well as girls from the neighbouring schools Sir Jonathan North Community College and South Wigston High School.
The School is very grateful to the Alumni, parents and Governors who supported the event by running the workshops and being on the panels, as well as the many companies who provided such supportive women. Special thanks to Gareth Howells from NatWest who helped behind the scenes on the day.