Top businesswomen show the way for Calne students

8:42am Wednesday 22nd February 2012

By Tom Mooney

Some of the UK’s leading businesswomen will be at St Mary’s School in Calne for a conference this week - and headteacher Helen Wright said there is a lot her students can learn from them.

The school has been running the Women in Corporate Culture Conference for five years, where they invite prominent women from the business world to speak to the pupils.

Dr Wright said the girls can take a huge amount from the visitors, both in the way they have progressed their careers and their family lives.

She said: “We have been doing this for a few years now and the girls get so much out of it.

“The women come and talk about their careers and I think it is very important for the girls to have role models to look up to.

“I am a great believer in hearing people stories and passing things down and these women have strong stories to tell.”

Among the women speaking at the conference on Friday are Lynne Copp, managing director at The Worklife Company, and Angela Foyle, partner at BDO London.

“The girls will hear about how the women took the opportunities presented to them. We have ambitious girls here and it is about telling them how to make the best of themselves.

“It is important for young women to see what is in front of them.

“And the question girls often ask is about managing with a family in the future.

“That is a really important discussion to be having at the age of 16 or 17 and shows they are thinking about the future. The women we have at the conference will be able to talk about their experiences with that and how they manage their whole lives.

“We shouldn’t be afraid to do that - work out what is right for us, and our families, and our community, and make it happen.”

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