Burgess Hill students to host women’s conference

Sixth Formers at Burgess Hill Girls are hosting their third Tomorrow’s Women conference today, Thursday, June 24.

Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 2:09 pm

Speakers include Emma Tucker, editor of The Sunday Times, Abiola Ayeni, lawyer and fashion designer, and Debra Humphris, vice chancellor of the University of Brighton.

The Tomorrow’s Women conference is unique in that it is created and organised by the students at Burgess Hill Girls.

They are involved in planning every aspect of the conference, from deciding on the format, to selecting speakers and hosting the event.

Sixth form students hosting last year's Tomorrow's Women event at Burgess Hill Girls SUS-210621-140638001
Sixth form students hosting last year's Tomorrow's Women event at Burgess Hill Girls SUS-210621-140638001

Florence Stapley, a sixth former at the school, said: “The conference is a wonderful opportunity to hear first-hand from some influential women in a variety of fields and industries.

“The evening will provide a broad insight into career opportunities for girls as they look towards their future.”

This year’s conference will take place at Burgess Hill Girls between 6pm and 9pm.

Though students at the school will attend the event in person, students from other schools and colleges are invited to attend virtually.

There will be a mix of virtual and on-site speakers, who include Editor of The Sunday Times, Emma Tucker, Lawyer and Fashion Designer Abiola Ayeni, and Debra Humphris, Vice Chancellor of the University of Brighton.

Also on the programme is Burgess Hill Girls alumna, Millie McQuillin, now a DeepMind Scholar at Cambridge University.

The speakers will share the up and downs of their careers to date giving attendees invaluable tips on how to fulfil their ambitions.

Sixth Formers have been heavily involved in curating the conference and securing speakers and they hope that many other like-minded young women in Sussex and beyond will want to attend this free event.

Liz Laybourn, headteacher, said: “The last Tomorrow’s Women conference was held in March 2020, immediately prior to the first lockdown.

“We have all been through a lot since then.

“I am thrilled that we are able to put on a physical and virtual event as it offers many more young women the opportunity to attend and learn from an inspirational line-up of female leaders.”

Tomorrow’s Women 2021 takes place on Thursday, June 24 at 6pm.

Other speakers include Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes, and Claire Lawrence, former ambassador to Lithuania..

To find out more information and to book your free ticket for the event, visit the school’s website at https://burgesshillgirls.com/news/tomorrows-women-24th-june-2021