On 10th March, 50 young women who are dedicating this year to tackling educational inequality with us at City Year UK, swapped the classroom for Canary Wharf to take part in a special women’s event organised by State Street as part of its commitment to International Women’s Day.
From Mentoring to Management; Empowering the Next Generation of Female Leaders gave the 18 to 25-year-olds the opportunity to choose and discuss a range of issues affecting women in the workplace.
Our volunteers joined panels of female leaders from the worlds of business, charity and education, to talk about topics ranging from ‘Managing your Career’ to ‘Diversity in the workplace’, before networking with guests and State Street staff.
City Year UK’s young people serve as mentors, tutors and role models; supporting pupils growing up in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country. However, the year is also about developing their own leadership potential, both through their experience in schools and training, coaching and career development, run in conjunction with the charity’s corporate supporters.
State Street has supported City Year UK since 2014 and, as well as this first event for female volunteers, staff are closely involved with the charity’s wider leadership development programme. They’ve run sessions giving volunteers an insight into a career in finance, been involved in CV writing and interview skills workshops and mentored volunteers on their next step after City Year UK.
Sophie Livingstone, Chief Executive of City Year UK said: “Our young people are changing the education landscape for children from low income backgrounds. And, thanks to partnerships with supporters like State Street, we’re also bridging the gap for those volunteers between formal education and employment; giving them new skills, experiences and networks to set them up for their future career. Sadly women still face particular barriers in the workplace and this event gave our female volunteers the chance to talk directly to those at the coalface, who are committed to change and inspiring the next generation of female leaders.”
Kim Newell Chebator, EMEA Chief Administrative Officer for State Street said: “Gender diversity in the workplace is a core belief of our corporate values. Building a sustainable pipeline of diverse talent for leadership positions is a key part of this, and we are very proud to be part of this initiative”.
City Year UK volunteer Tolu Ijiti said: “I have really enjoyed today and it has opened my eyes to the different opportunities out there and has changed my mindset on topics that I am really interested in. It was so great to see diversity in the panelists, both male and female views and from different countries and cities.”