Woldingham School hosted a ‘Dads 4 Daughters’ breakfast event, chaired by Lower Sixth student and deputy head girl Anastasia Lewis.
This annual event, aligned to the UN’s HeForShe mission, is designed to spark discussion and debate around issues facing women in the workplace. It aims to encourage parents to champion greater gender equality at work and to inspire the Lower Sixth as they start to think about their own career aspirations.
Guest speaker, Suki Thompson, led a panel of experts from a range of leading companies including Virgin, Pret A Manger and British Airways. She told the audience that of the people in leadership roles mentioned in Campaign's A List last year only 19% were female but that for this generation of women approaching the workplace this was changing for the better.
‘You are the generation that can make a difference.’ Understanding your skills and attributes, being prepared to learn and being brave were common themes throughout the debate.
Suki is CEO and one of the Founding Partners of marketing consultancy Oystercatchers, has been the Chair of the Marketing Society, as well as a long-standing member of WACL (Women in Advertising & Communications London). She is also on The Board of Trustees for Macmillan Cancer Support and Touraid and a regular contributor to the national and marketing press and speaker at industry conferences. She is a Freeman of the City of London and has been given an honorary Doctorate by Coventry University for her services to international business.
Headmistress, Mrs Alex Hutchinson, commented: ‘The days of linear careers are gone. Our students will face the 21st century workplace knowing that the breadth of their skills and experiences all matter. Thank you to our wonderful panel of experts who gave the girls such valuable and candid advice – it will be an excellent platform for our students as they look to the future.’