Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Top Women Inspire Girls

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Top Women Inspire Girls

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THE North East's most influential women are backing the second North East Women Leaders (NEW Leaders) conference aiming to raise the aspirations of young women from our region's schools.

The conference will see some of the region's high-flying women and emerging talent coming together to both inspire and offer guidance to students from across the North East on how to make it to the top.

The event will be held in Newcastle Business School's state-of-the-art facilities on Northumbria University's prestigious City Campus East today. More than 500 16 to 18-year-old female students from North East schools will attend to listen to words of wisdom from high-profile speakers from business, the arts and public life.

The New Leaders Conference programme has been developed by Central Newcastle High School GDST, the leading all-girls school based in Jesmond, Newcastle, as part of the school's commitment to developing and preparing girls for courageous leadership in whatever career they choose to pursue.

Hilary French, headteacher at Central Newcastle High School, said: "We want to champion young women in the region and provide them with the tools they need to grow into strong inspirational leaders.

"It still remains true that women are poorly represented in top jobs across the country and across all sectors. We want to play our part in helping to change these statistics in the future by educating a generation of women who have the self-belief, confidence and, indeed, the aspiration to make it to the top of their fields.

'The outstanding examination results achieved by girls at Central Newcastle High School is a vital piece of the jigsaw as they prepare for their future careers but we also aim to empower girls by teaching a broad range of skills that will help them to succeed.

"We want to help shape their future and make a real difference to their lives.

"Our very first NEW Leaders conference in April 2009 proved an outstanding success and the response from those who attended was phenomenal.

"These young women will no doubt be reaching the final stages of their higher education courses and I expect will be drawing on the advice given at the conference as they begin to make their own mark in the workplace. …

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