Talbot Heath

Girl Power - Leadership Conference

School Trip

Former Talbot Heath pupil, Dr Joanna Kozubska, a leading management consultant and company director, was one of the many female senior leaders who inspired the next generation of girls at a recent Leadership Conference. Fifteen girls from Upper 4 and Lower 5 had an enjoyable and motivating day at the conference and were amongst the 250 girls from across the South of England, inspired to become the next generation of female leaders by speakers, workshop leaders and through team building activities.

The conference, jointly organised by Talbot Heath and three other leading girls’ schools, focused on the challenges and rewards of leadership roles. Although women are now as well-qualified as their male counterparts, 83% of senior positions in the UK are still held by men. The remarkable women who featured in the day as workshop leaders, speakers and panellists were testament to the fact that women have broken through the glass ceiling and are leading in every sphere. Janet Connor, Managing Director of ‘More Than’ Insurance, and mother of Bethany, a pupil at Talbot Heath who attended the conference, spoke of the importance of taking risks and grasping opportunities. Governor Rachel Small, who is Group General Counsel for Liverpool Victoria, ran workshop sessions for the girls and led discussions about the nature of leadership.

The girls who attended left the conference with the clear message that there are no boundaries when it comes to realising their leadership aspirations and they should all aim high. Talbot Heath pupils are benefiting from an innovative curriculum programme focusing on female leadership devised by Headteacher, Angharad Holloway. The programme, supported by a raft of Britain’s top females, aims to ensure that girls are well prepared to take on senior roles in any sphere with the ultimate goal of equal gender representation in leadership roles. Dr Joanna Kozubska gave her reasons for offering this conference: 'Inspiring the next generation of female leaders is something that's really important to me and I think these conversations need to be taking place with younger girls rather than waiting until they enter the world of work. If young women have the confidence to believe that they can make a difference and they can foster the self-belief to overcome any cultural biases then anything is possible.’

Thanks go to all of the Talbot Heath mums who participated in the event, sharing their knowledge, experience and expertise.https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

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