Young lead­ers of to­mor­row shine at con­fer­ence

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Head girls from across the coun­try de­scended on Bath for a con­fer­ence which cul­mi­nated in a live streamed Ap­pren­tice-style chal­lenge. Nearly 150 head girls and their teams from the largest net­work of girls’ schools in the coun­try took part in the three day con­fer­ence on lead­er­ship. Speak­ers at the Girls’ Day School Trust event in­clud­ing British Po­lar Ex­plorer Ann Daniels, the first woman to lead an all-fe­male team to the North and South Poles, and lead­ing busi­ness­woman Ann Francke, CEO of the Char­tered Man­age­ment In­sti­tute, launched the con­fer­ence along­side Royal High School head Jo Dun­can. The stu­dents were set a week­end-long chal­lenge to take part in an Ap­pren­tice-style Char­ity Chal­lenge for one of four char­i­ties: United World Schools – bring­ing ed­u­ca­tion to chil­dren in re­mote ar­eas – specif­i­cally Cam­bo­dia, Myan­mar and Nepal; Frank Wa­ter – pro­vid­ing clean safe wa­ter to In­dia and Nepal; Rain­bow Trust – sup­port­ing fam­i­lies with a se­ri­ously ill child and SOS Chil­dren’s Vil­lages UK – sup­port­ing chil­dren with­out parental care and fam­i­lies at risk. Mrs Dun­can told the girls at the Royal High School con­fer­ence: “You will learn a lot about lead­er­ship, team­work and your­selves.” Ad­vis­ing the girls on how to make an im­pact with their lead­er­ship, Ms Francke, a keen ad­vo­cate for women’s rights in the work­place, said: “The best form of man­age­ment is when peo­ple feel re­spected, val­ued and trusted.” The chal­lenge saw the girls split into teams with some teams car­ry­ing out mar­ket re­search on the streets of Bath over the week­end be­fore the chal­lenge cul­mi­nated in the live fi­nals in front of a judg­ing panel, streamed live on Youtube on Sun­day morn­ing, en­abling their schools and par­ents to watch them. A Shades of Change char­ity pro­posal for the Rain­bow Trust, to sell colour­ing books in fam­ily res­tau­rants, was de­clared the over­all win­ner with many of the char­i­ties so im­pressed by the ideas, they hope to be able to use some of them in their fu­ture fundrais­ing. Mrs Dun­can said: “This was more than just a con­fer­ence for young women – it was a dy­namic, in­spi­ra­tional three day event and chal­lenge de­signed to en­cour­age the girls to dig deep and hone their lead­er­ship skills. We were de­lighted to host it.”

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