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#empowHER 2023

20th April 2023

We are thrilled to announce the launch #empowHER: our new, free event on the 23rd June that will empower girls and show them that they can be a force across all industries.

#empowHER, will be held on the 23rd June.  The event is for girls aged 9 – 10 and will have a range of powerful female speakers, all alumnae,  from across the world of business. 

Returning to Wakefield Girls’ to chair #empowHER is alumna and Head of Marketing for Amazon and Prime Video Lizz Wainwright, and the speakers are leading lights across a range of industries, alumna:

Sophie Browning from Nestle, whose workshop, Magic Mirror, focuses on how girls can recognise their strengths and utilise them in later life.

Faith Ridler, who works for Sky News, will host a workshop centring on how girls can reimagine their stories and make change happen.

Becky Baker, founder of dog friendly app K9 Nation, is running a workshop on the importance of risk and how stepping out of your comfort zone takes strength and bravery.

Rebecca Ward is a sustainability practitioner at Radley Yeldar. She works to advise and support multinational organisations to implement and develop their sustainability strategy and communications. Her workshop is designed as a mini COP Climate Conference to help girls to develop their skills in collaboration and influential communication. 

Kanika Kapur, a medical advisor with pharmaceutical business Sanofi, will talk about how dreaming big is essential but dreams themselves will only get you so far and hard work will allow you to fulfil those dreams. 

#empowHER is designed for all girls in Years 4,  5 and 6 at other schools to showcase, inspire and develop girls’ confidence and skills in leadership.  Girls in Years 4, 5 and 6 are invited to register early.

Head, Heidi-Jayne Boyes has been the driving force behind the event.  As part of her role at the school she has long been passionate about the empowerment of her young female students.  She said: “Girls need opportunities to be courageous and resilient, to grow in confidence and experience new things. How these elements work together in their boldest way, with academic learning, is what matters most and the key to success for girls, now and for the future.

This is why we wanted to create the #empowHER event to give all girls the opportunity to learn new skills and to listen to successful women across the world of business. We want every girl to be intellectually and socially confident, work-place and life-ready with a global outlook and concern for others. We wanted to develop new ways to introduce learning with girls’ needs and preferences at the fore and the #empowHER conference allows us to achieve that goal.”

Read more from Heidi-Jayne Boyes as she talks with Excelle Magazine about why creating opportunities to empower girls from an early age is so critical.

You can find out more and sign up for #empowHER here. 

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