My inspiring keynote gives advice on what tools and elements you need to succeed. I offer a number of different talks which I present to schools, colleges and universities.
This is where I talk to girls and boys (from aged seven upwards) on a story through my early school life to achieving global award winning success. I hope to inspire a generation and help girls or boys to build self-esteem, self-confidence and understand that strengths and flaws lie in us all.
I feel so passionately about helping students, that I love to deliver keynotes to schools, colleges and universities every year. I wished that when I was at school that more inspiring speakers would have come in to talk to us.
You cannot underestimate how much it helps children to hear someone's else's challenges, successes and failures even, to help them carve out their own journey. I believe that sharing my story with girls and boys can help them with their own self-belief and their confidence. Even if I change how they feel about themselves, for that day, for that moment, then I have succeeded.
My talks appeal to both girls and boys, but I focused more around girls as many reports I had read over the years have stated (over and over) that girls still lack confidence in pursuing high-paid careers in science and technology. This can apply, even when their school results are as good or better than boys, says an international study.
The OECD* said that gender differences in ‘self-confidence’ could be the key difference. Even though girls might achieve better academic results, there is still a reluctance to apply for jobs.
There were also findings that parents were more likely to push boys towards careers in science and technology. There is a drive currently ongoing to encourage more girls to adopt a future in science and technology (see www.ladygeek.com who are doing some amazing work in this subject).
“Believe in yourself” might sound cheesy or a cliché and according to research published by the OECD* it’s not a motto – it’s an economic strategy. So could a lack of confidence and self-esteem be playing a huge part in the future academic success of girls?
So, it’s about two things – confidence and change.
Fundamentally, I believe everyone has a skill. Identifying that skill is a crucial component in working life. I am so enthusiastically passionate about this, I am keen to talk to as many young girls as possible about my experiences and how they can succeed too.
* The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
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