Girls Get Business Tips from the Top
Monday, 25 February 2013
As part of their careers programme, girls from years 10 to 13 at Bolton School Girls’ Division had the opportunity to listen to a number of speakers with successful careers in business.
Several of the speakers were old girls of the school, including Charlotte Smith and Sophie Adamson who are both Trainee Accountants at RSM Tenon (one of the top ten accountancy firms), Evelyne Wilkinson, Customer Marketing Manager at Unilever, Akta Raja, Managing Director of Green Tomato Energy Ltd, and Nicola Grinstead, Deputy Director of Operations at Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Trust.
Other speakers included Gemma Maple, Category Development Manager at Kraft, Lydia Williams, Assistant Online Marketing Manager at Bobbi Brown, Jess Chai, Managing Director at Mmm Cookie Dough, Stefan Sikorski, Managing Director of Lavender Hotels, and Andrew Greenyer, Director of Raise the Roof Marketing.
The Keynote speaker on the day was Louis Barnett from Chokolit, a 20 year old entrepreneur, chocolatier and conservationist, who became the UK’s youngest entrepreneur, when his company Chokolit was set up aged just 12. Following the Keynote speech, girls had the choice of the nine other sessions to attend, some of which had related activities for the girls to get involved with. Old Girl Nicola Grinstead ran a simulation session similar to those undertaken by Junior Doctors, while Gemma Maple’s session involved a simulation of a marketing challenge involving chocolate or cheese – Gemma was part of the team who developed the ‘Choccy Philly, Don’t be Silly!’campaign for Chocolate Philadelphia. Lydia Williams from Bobbi Brown offered girls the opportunity to take part in an interactive exercise focused on using online marketing to promote a new product.
The day allowed the girls to explore the variety of different routes available to them if they decide on a business related career, and pick up lots of useful advice on the best ways to succeed.