Keen to prepare the girls of Scotland with the skills and confidence for a future in business, St Margaret's School for Girls and the Women’s Business Centre (WBC*) are joining forces for a webinar on Tuesday 21st of September at 7 pm which looks to inspire and empower young school-age girls to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice.
The 2019 Rose Report, which looked into the disparity between male and female entrepreneurs in the UK, found that only one in five businesses in the UK are run by a woman and that women are less likely to believe they possess entrepreneurial capabilities. This inspired St Margaret’s School for Girls, based in Aberdeen, and WBC to work together on nurturing the entrepreneurial mindsets of females from an early age.
The webinar, which is free and open to all young girls across the country, will be chaired by Chief Executive of Women Enterprise Scotland, Carolyn Currie, and will feature talks from a range of women business leaders. These will include WES Ambassador Jeanette Forbes OBE, and Elizabeth Gammie, Head of Aberdeen Business School at Robert Gordon University, who hope to pass on their wealth of expertise to the next generation of female entrepreneurs.
Anna Tomlinson, Headteacher of St Margaret’s School for Girls, said:
“At St Margaret’s we are passionate about challenging our girls and giving them the confidence to believe that they are capable of anything, including starting their own business. Research shows that it is still the case that women and young girls often feel they do not have the same entrepreneurial abilities as their male counterparts and we are keen to change this.
That’s why this event is open not only for the girls of St Margaret’s but for school-age girls all over the country. We are honoured to be partnering with Women’s Enterprise Scotland and the wonderful female ambassadors, Jeanette and Elizabeth, who are important role models for school girls up and down the country who see a future in business.”
Jeanette Forbes, OBE, Chief Executive of PCL Group, said:
“It is an exciting time for women in business and I am honoured to be sharing my knowledge and experience with the next generation of female leaders. It’s disappointing to know there are still so many women who suffer from imposter syndrome to get started in the industry and I hope this webinar helps inspire the next generation of female business leaders.”
Carolyn Currie, Chief Executive of Women’s Enterprise Scotland, said:
“Research consistently shows that relatable role models are vital for inspiring girls and women to start their own businesses. If we are going to restart our economy after the Covid pandemic and encourage women to realise their economic potential, it is vital that we inspire and encourage more girls and women to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice.
We are delighted to be partnering with St Margaret’s School For Girls to deliver this webinar, which is open to school-age girls from all over Scotland, so if you know any young women who could make waves in the business world in the future, please share this with them.”
Registration for the online event can be done here.