In 2009, we launched a biannual conference called North East Women (NEW) Leaders which aims to inspire and help 16 – 18 year old girls from across the region to focus on leadership, as well as helping to raise the aspirations of young women in the North East.
The fact remains that while girls outperform boys at school, women are still under-represented in the top positions in the work place and we aim to confront this issue by giving girls the opportunity to hear from inspirational women who have been successful and to learn about leadership characteristics and skills.
Working in partnership with Northumbria University, we have successfully run three NEW Leaders conferences. We are looking forward to our next conference which will take place in 27th September 2017 at Newcastle High School for Girls new facilities in Jesmond. Girls from Heaton Manor, St Mary’s School in Newcastle, King Edward VI in Morpeth, Whitburn Academy and Prudhoe High School as well as Newcastle High School for Girls will be attending this year’s event which will include keynote speakers and an opportunity for the girls to develop their own leadership blue print. Our full programme for the event will be published shortly.
As for each of our previous conferences, we have already secured substantial support from leading women in the region and further afield; all believing passionately in the need for strong female role models for the next generation of women to look up to.
Key Note Speakers at previous NEW Leaders Conferences have included:
Dr Jane Atkinson, Vice President of Sembcorp and the first women in the world to manage a blast furnace.
Fiona Cruickshank OBE, the Non Executive Director of SCM Pharma and leading business figure in North East England.
Jane Purdon, Director of Governance at football’s Premier League and in charge of the ‘rule book’.
Mags Vaughan, Traidcraft, who successfully changed career direction from an engineer to become the CEO of the pioneering fair trade retailer and development charity.
It has been an enormous privilege to work with Northumbria University and so many leading women from across the region to support young women in the development of their skills. We look forward to planning our next NEW Leaders conference and will continue to champion our region’s young women and encourage them to be the courageous leaders of tomorrow in whatever career they choose to follow.