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Young women inspired about their futures at St Paul's

An inspiring and challenging evening to help young women think about their futures has been held at St Paul's.

The St Paul's Institute event, organised in partnership with Girls Talk London on Tuesday 10  March, put a group of 16- to 24-year olds into direct discussion with professionals from throughout the City.
 
Designed to help the young women to think about their futures, with stories about how professional women present chose their callings, it helped those present learn some valuable lessons.
 
As part of St Paul’s Institute’s ongoing programme on Women in Leadership, The Reverend Canon Tricia Hillas, Pastor of St Paul's, reminded the audience in her introduction of what Liz Bingham of EY said at the Institute’s first Women in Leadership event last summer, that "we need to lift as we climb to bring on the next generation of talent and to do that authentically and with passion, commitment and compassion."
 
She emphasized that women’s equality was an issue for the Church as a question of human dignity, of justice and of helping to value each human being, made in the image of God. It is also about the equality of opportunity, which, whilst less directly Biblical, is an integral step in the process of getting to equality.
 
Canon Tricia was followed by  keynote speaker  Hemione Hudson, Senior Partner at PwC, who used very moving and personal anecdotes from her own experience of juggling work and family to explain that whilst no one can "have it all", women can have what matters most to them.
 
 
The most exciting part of the evening came when ten different mentors, including some of the Cathedral’s own professionals, in sectors including the clergy, teaching, law, accounting, public relations and media, met with the young women around a number of tables, giving everyone the chance to speak and network with women from many different industries to ask them for advice and find out about their career and life journey.
 
Using this ‘speed mentoring’ technique led to questions and answers that began the passing of intergenerational wisdom that is key to promoting a more meaningful relationship to work founded on professional integrity.