Businesswomen address senior pupils

Press and Journal – 24/08/2011

Pupils from the north-east’s only all-girl school learned at first-hand about women succeeding in business at a conference in Aberdeen yesterday.

Sixth-year pupils from St Margaret’s School for Girls heard presentations from three businesswomen at an event entitled ‘be the best you can be’.

First to share her career experiences was Lori Manders, director of development relations and alumni relations at University College London.

Before taking on this role she was director of development and external affairs at Aberdeen University, where she led the largest fundraising campaign in the university’s history.

Former St Margaret’s pupil Zoe Corsi, director of Scottish public relations consultancy the Big Partnership, talked to pupils about how they could realise their potential in every aspect of their lives as they carved out appropriate career-development paths.

She highlighted the importance of developing life skills in addition to the academic achievements by sharing her own journey from street artist in Paris to company director.

The final speaker was Jeannette Forbes, managing director of the PCL Group, who is said to be one of only a handful of women in the IT management sector who has her own business.

The head teacher at St Margaret’s, Julie Land, said: “For our girls moving into their sixth and final year of school, it is an important but often daunting time when many decisions about their career are made.

“To have such well respected, successful speakers for our sixth-year conference is an absolute privilege and will benefit the pupils immensely.”