St Margaret’s School for Girls, the North-east’s only all-girls’ school, has hosted a ‘Women in Business Conference’, in association with Aberdeen Business School at Robert Gordon University, to attract the next generation of female business leaders.
The event was enjoyed by 67 girls from seven different schools. Pupils from Cults Academy, St Machar Academy, Bridge of Don Academy, Portlethen Academy, The Mary Erskine School, and St George’s School for Girls joined forces with St Margaret’s pupils to engage with the opportunities available to them in the business world.
The full day conference saw Professor Elizabeth Gammie, Head of Aberdeen Business School, discuss the ongoing gender disparity at board level, the progress being made and opportunities for the future. Erica Cargill, Academic Strategic Lead Management at Robert Gordon University, joined Professor Gammie later in the afternoon to host a Q&A session. Pupils broke off into groups during the day to discuss corporate ethical behaviour, business creation, personal branding and human resources. Undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students ended the day by delivering presentations to the pupils on ‘Our business journey’.
Anna Tomlinson, head of St Margaret’s School for Girls, says, “We may now have our second female Prime Minister and a female First Minister in Scotland, but the reality is still that men outnumber women in the boardroom. As the only girls’ school in Aberdeen, we have long been committed to eradicating gender stereotype around subject and career choice, therefore we are delighted to host this conference to attract and champion the next generation of female business leaders.”
Anna continues, “As a school we are committed to developing the right mindset from an early age. To help girls becomes CEOs we need to build CEO into our curriculum and give them Confidence, Enthusiasm and Opportunity! We were delighted by the interest, attendance and feedback from our conference and we thank Robert Gordon University for working with us.
Professor Elizabeth Gammie, head of Aberdeen Business School, says, “With clear evidence that the presence of women on boards increases performance and ethical behaviour, it is gratifying to see an increasing proportion of women reaching board room positions. This generation of young women is progressing into a world of opportunity and it is important that we as educators give them the skills, competencies and confidence to reach the top levels within organisations. Working with these young, talented, enthusiastic girls the future for business is bright.”
by Kate Yuill
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