International Women's Day 2018
On Thursday 8th March CGC hosted our second Inspiration Evening of the year in celebration of International Women’s Day. Students and guests from many walks of life had the privilege of hearing from 6 guest speakers who have achieved career success in industries ranging from finance to entertainment, politics and fitness.
In preparation for the event, a small group of students worked with CGC Patron and Chef, Mark Lloyd, to create canapés for the evening. This is the third time that Mark has worked with students on a catering project, giving them the opportunity to learn new skills and grow in confidence.
With each Inspiration Evening, our aim is to give students more involvement in the running of the event. Our student hosts did a wonderful job of introducing speakers and welcoming guests.
During the interval, students were given the opportunity to network with the speakers and professional guests, gaining valuable advice and encouragement as they begin their own journeys to success.
Spoken Word Artist, Writer, and Whizz-Kidz Ambassador, Jacqui has taken her flair for words and established herself as a performer and champion for the arts, acting as a role model and mentor to other young people. As the first speaker of the evening, Jacqui used her own story as an illustration that: “If you think it – it’s possible!”
As the Founder and Director of DiVA Apprenticeships, with clients ranging from BBC Worldwide to Universal Music, Arit surprised and moved the audience by sharing some deeply personal stories from her childhood. Difficulties at home led to her leaving school with almost no qualifications and working her way to success through hard work and determination. Through all the challenges and opposition that Arit has faced, one piece of advice rang clear: “Words matter! Speak positive words over yourself and others today!”
As a true creative, film maker and photographer, Victoria used some simple but effective practical illustrations in her talk – both to make sure the guests were paying attention, and to drive home the message that positive mind-set is key to success. Having had years of experience working in male-dominated industries, Victoria highlighted the importance of female leaders channelling their own energy, rather than mimicking other people’s leadership styles.
Councillor Mimi Harker, OBE
Watching this lively speaker describe her journey from community activism to working in local government, championing regional charities and campaigning for national causes, you would not expect to hear her describe her childhood self as ‘shy and introverted’. Councillor Harker challenged all the students to find their voices and use them saying: “One person can change things: why shouldn’t it be you?”
As the founder of Motivate PT, Kira reminded us that we don’t live in a bubble: “Human relationships are absolutely everything!” It may take a few years, and a few jobs, but if you are willing to learn from each opportunity and the people that cross your path, you can discover your passions.
Having navigated the ever shifting worlds of fashion and entertainment from the age of 15, Rachel was keen to emphasise the importance of learning to make decisions for yourself and taking all opportunities to learn new things. Rachel impressed us with her entrepreneurial spirit, and the vision and drive that has led to her being the mistress of her own portfolio career.