Greenwich students inspired at the 2019 Inspiring Females Summit

Blackheath High School GDST and John Roan students were among the fortunate girls in attendance on Friday at the 2019 Inspiring Females Summit.

The summit, an initiative led by the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), featured more than 40 inspiring speakers for a day of networking and interactive sessions designed to prepare young women for their futures.

The conference, hosted at Chelsea Football Club, featured a wide range of inspiring speakers including Chairman of British Rowing from 2013 to 2018 and former Olympian, Annamarie Phelps CBE, England football star Katie Chapman and a whole host of successful female entrepreneurs.

The students learned some valuable lessons from the ‘Can you be a game changer?’ TED-style talk, in which successful women from the worlds of business, literature, charity and wellbeing shared top tips on how the girls can make a difference in their futures, whatever path they choose.

Students were given a choice of sessions to attend with talks led by industry experts covering careers in journalism, healthcare, business, fashion, politics and tech amongst others.

The day came to a close with an ‘Inspiring Dads and Daughters’ panel discussion chaired by BBC broadcaster Dr Stephanie Hare and featuring Chelsea Football Club chief executive Guy Laurence.

The talk provided an opportunity for more than 50 dads and daughters to learn together the best ways to take on gender stereotypes and smash glass ceilings.

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