Senior women in banking, law, media and education set to inspire the women of the future

Girls Talk London is to host their popular event series hosted by Teach First

on Wednesday 2nd July 2014 at 6pm featuring

leading women from the media, banking, law and education sector.  

Since their first event which took place at the Museum of London on Monday 21st January 2013 they have managed to connect over 450 young girls with senior women who have included: Diane Abbott MP, Singer & Model VV Brown, Features Director at Cosmopolitan Magazine Fiona Cowood, Editor of BlackHair magazine Keysha Davis, Former CEO of vInspired Terry Ryall, MOBO award winning singer Rachel Kerr, COO of Tindall Riley and many women who work at AIG, Sky, Bauer Media, Barclays, 02, BBC, Goldman Sachs, Virgin Media, Elite Models London and many more.

Hosted by Teach First, the event will take place on Wednesday 2nd July 2014.

The audience of young women aged 14-25 years will take part in an evening of inspiring conversation, providing valuable insights on career paths, balancing family life & strategies for success in male dominated professions followed by informal networking.

Speakers for the event are:

  • Tami Hoffman, Interviews Editor at Sky News
  • Ndidi Okezie, Executive Director at Teach First
  • Katrina Arnold, Head of Anti-Bribery & Corruption, Global Banking & Markets at HSBC
  • Lara Oyesanya, Vice-President, Legal Counsel, Retail & Business Banking at Barclays
  • Claudenia Williams, Head of Key Stage 3 at Teach First

The event was conceived and produced by Vanessa Sanyauke, Founder of Girls Talk London who has worked with thousands of young people across London helping them access higher education and careers in the City for the past 6 years.  Through her work Vanessa noticed that many young girls were performing well academically but lacked the confidence to pursue competitive career choices such as business, finance, technology and media.

This was the spark that made her conceive Girls Talk London in 2013. As a result of her extensive youth work across the capital, Vanessa Sanyauke was the recipient of the Community Champion Spirit of London award in 2010 and the Community Safety London Peace Award in 2011 and has been acknowledged for her work by the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

“We are in our 2nd year of running Girls Talk London and are incredibly fortunate to have many Senior women & Heads of Global businesses speaking directly to young aspirational women as young as 14. Events like ours are extremely important as young girls perform academically better than boys at GCSE & A Level but do not enter competitive industries such as finance or technology. Our aim is to provide them with inspiration from accessible role models in these industries who share tips and information to have the best life and career.”

Says, Vanessa Sanyauke, Girls Talk London, Founder

“We are thrilled to be hosting Girls Talk London. It is important for myself and Teach First to support organisations such as these that encourage young girls to reach their full potential and to show how powerful a good education can be in securing the best future for them individually. We hope that the opportunity to talk to senior women from similar backgrounds will allow them to learn success strategies which will propel them forward in their chosen careers” Says Ndidi Okezie, Executive Director, Teach First

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