Inspiring women give advice to the next generation of women leaders

By GDST

Women leaders from a variety of different industries, have thrown down the ladder to the next generation, offering advice and coaching to GDST girls on how to realise their potential. The Women in Leadership event, hosted by Blackheath High School, was part of a week-long programme of events to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Sessions ranged from ‘making yourself visible’ and ‘having fun with failure’ to more practical CV and networking workshops. The aim of the day, was to give girls the chance to develop their confidence, while improving their knowledge and understanding of what it takes to become an effective leader in the 21st Century.

Speakers included author and parenting expert Candida Hunt; Head of Digital Empowerment and STEM ambassador Catherine Stewart; and Mandu Reid, member of the Women’s Equality Party.

What advice did the speakers have for our girls? Here are some of the highlights:

“Trust your judgement and don’t be afraid to say no things that don’t feel right.”
Zoe King, Director of Smith &Williamson Investment Management LLP
Challenge the majority but do it politely – you can question and challenge without being aggressive.
Zoe King, Director of Smith &Williamson Investment Management LLP
Travel is a great way to inspire you and give you ideas about what you want to do in life.
Stephanie Theobald, writer, broadcaster and journalist
If you do what makes you happy, that’s how you find success.
Stephanie Theobald, writer, broadcaster and journalist
Make yourself visible. Don’t make excuses for yourself – you can always find ways to make yourself be seen.
Ajlaa Shhazwani Mohktar, Lecturer in Human Resource Management
Keep an open mind and be kind to other women around you. You don’t need to take others down to get ahead.
Ailsa Weymes-McElderry from the Department of Transport