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An overview of the Inspiring Females Programme 2016-17
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THE ORIGIN OF INSPIRING FEMALES
In 2016, Norwich High School for Girls launched the Inspiring Females (IF) programme, with the mission to prepare young women for their futures, while creating platforms to explore their questions and represent their voices.
With an ambitious team made up of Kirsty von Malaisé (Headmistress of Norwich High School), Siobhan Eke (Entrepreneur) and an amazing steering group of girls aged 13 to 15, the first Inspiring Females event was created in June 2016 – the IF Symposium (now know as the IF Summit).
This three-day conference involved a panel of over 30 professional women who volunteered their time to speak to, mentor, work with and ultimately inspire over 190 girls between the ages of 13 and 15. These Inspiring Females represented a diverse range of professions from Acting to Law, and Engineering to Sport. Over the three days, key themes of Collaboration, Confidence, Commitment, Creativity, Compassion & Courage, were covered in keynote presentations, bespoke workshops, networking sessions , enterprise competitions and much, much more.
The feedback from both everyone who was involved and people in the community who had heard of what we were doing to develop girls’ authentic voices and confidence was not only extremely positive, but also very useful for shaping what we deliver under the name of ‘Inspiring Females’.
Girls who attended commented on how it had made them think about their future in a more positive light, how they could pursue their ambitions and some commenting that they now felt more confident about the way they look and their personality. Parents and guests shared how they would have relished such an opportunity when they were at school.
"The greatest thing for
self-esteem is helping others
with their self-esteem."
IF Symposium 2016
OUR NEXT EVENTS
“We are Fearless. We act and speak with conviction.”
“Hi! I was at Inspiring Females
from Norwich High. You were so inspiring and one of my favourite panellists!
You were an amazing speaker
and shared so much insight about
confidence – thank you!”
A message shared on a social media feed to one of our guest speakers at the IF symposium 2017
“Thanks so much for the
invitation to be involved – I loved the whole day. Very well organised, better than many corporate events I’ve been to. I hope the girls will take on board some of what they learnt – they were a pleasure to work with. Fellow panel members, you are certainly VIF’s (Very Inspiring Females)!"
Jo Hind - Founder of Birdsoup
and Inspiring Female
Are you an inspirational woman who would like to be a part of our pioneering programme?
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