Celia Gough, Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary at Veolia Environmental Services UK, explains why she is supporting the Inspiring Women Campaign.
I have just attended a reception at Lancaster House hosted by Nick Clegg and Miriam Gonzalez Durantez to launch a campaign called Inspiring Women. It’s all about enabling girls at state schools to meet women with a wide range of careers – to open the girls’ eyes to possible future job options and career routes and, most importantly, provide them with role models. At this initial event, 100 girls from 11 schools had a career speed networking session with Miriam and nine other women. This was followed by the reception, which was supported by people from a variety of business and educational organisations. I met some interesting people, including an impressive group of girls from Haringey Sixth Form Centre in north London who had taken part in the speed networking.
Inspiring Women would like to sign-up 15,000 women to meet thousands more girls across the country. All that’s asked is a commitment to spend one hour per year meeting girls at a local school. I think it’s a fantastic initiative and I’m certainly going to get involved. If you’re interested too, go to http://www.inspiringthefuture.org.