On December 1st 2013 I ran the first ever conference for girls in the UK. Called the ‘BE’ Conference it was aimed at girls aged 11-13 years old and it was a day of workshops for girls to learn more about friendships, raise their self-esteem, body image and think and share their dreams and aspirations.
Girls of this age are learning a lot about themselves and the world around them and so the day was to equip them with the tools to help them feel great about who they are and give them uber amounts of confidence to make good choices.
There were 100 girls at the event and the event was sponsored by Nokia. It was the most amazing day – lively with the most incredible energy. The event was sold out within three weeks of posting it on social media and getting national press coverage. Read Be Remarkable: A lesson in self-esteem for school girls (Telegraph) and Great British Bake Off’s Ruby tells girls: you’ve got to be confident, unlike me (London Evening Standard).
Due to the success of the first one I am running another. The next one is on 16th November 2014 in central London.To make sure that you don’t miss out sign up to my newsletter and be one of the first to hear about it. The newsletter form is on the left hand side of my website.
What did the girls have to say about the day?
“I learnt how to be kind to myself and how to make friends. I also learnt how important it is to make yourself heard. I think the whole day was brilliant. I met new girls, the workshops were run by amazing women and I have learnt how to have confidence in myself” – M aged 11
“The biggest thing I learnt was that no matter who you are you can still be special” – S aged 12
“The day was awesome and really fun and inspiring.” – M aged 11
“I thought the whole day was amazing and so inspirational. Overall it gave me more self-confidence and self-esteem. I now feel remarkable!!!” – M aged 13
“I loved the whole day. I learnt how to be a great woman!” – Z aged 11
Here are the details of the 2013 Conference to give you a flavour of what it involved. The 2014 one will be similar:
The event was held in central London 9.30am – 4.30pm. There were four workshops running simultaneously throughout the day and each girl attended all four. All the workshops were run by women who have excelled in their chosen field and have lots to offer in terms of inspiring and empowering others.
The sessions were based around the following themes: friendships, role models, dreams and aspirations, self-esteem and how to be your own best friend.
Prior to the workshops Ruby and Kimberley from The Great British Bake Off were headline speakers. Ruby shared her story of how she struggled as a teenager in terms of confidence and why she believes it is so important that girls help themselves and overcome the pressures, anxieties and stereotypes that are thrust upon them. Kimberley, an experienced chartered psychologist talked about developing true self-esteem, self-belief and compassion for yourself and others.
All attendees received goody bags and refreshments were provided throughout the day.