Students Inspired by Michelle Obama and Female Business Leaders
Over 200 students from across London were invited to NewVIc to hear from inspirational female leaders at a panel event which marked the end of an empowering project ‘Words for Work: Women in Leadership’ - with the National Literacy Trust.
Since October, NewVIc has been working with the National Literacy Trust to deliver ‘Words for Work: Women in Leadership’ - a programme which aims to engage and empower our future female leaders.
Earlier this week, the programme culminated in a fantastic ‘Women in Leadership’ panel event, which was attended by over 200 female students from across East London.
Students heard from inspirational female leaders and learnt about their journeys to success, the challenges they faced and how they overcame them.
The panellists of professionals included:
- Laura Bates – Everyday Sexism Project
- Marie Scott – CMS Law
- Thanyia Moore – Comedian
- Kavita Hansla – National Literacy Trust
- Elizabeth Yentumi – Ministry of Justice
- Emilie Marsh – Lancôme
- Sanisha Wynter – National Student Union
- Kathleen O’Malley – Network Rail
Later that day, seven NewVIc students were invited to the sold out event ’Becoming’ - An Evening with Michelle Obama’ at the Royal Festival Hall, to discuss her new memoir. Michelle chatted with author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about everything from her childhood spent in the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive, motherhood and her time as a resident in the White House.
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NewVIc A Level students
National Literacy Trust, Head of School Programmes
The ‘Words for Work: Women in Leadership’ programme, focuses on challenging stereotypes and raising aspirations of students by developing their literacy, communication, leadership skills and preparing them for the workplace by learning how these skills can be used to overcome the barriers women face in their careers.
During the first phase of the programme in October, a group of NewVIc students were invited to Lancôme for an immersion day. It was an incredible opportunity for young female students to network in the corporate world. Students saw first-hand how women are valued and developed in a hugely successful international company.
A Level Tutor
The programme has been a huge success seeing so many strong young women, from all different kinds of backgrounds, develop their literacy skills and have the courage to challenge stereotypes by aspiring to go into leadership roles.