16 March 2015
The 2015 reception took place on March 16, hosted at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. We were delighted to have with us Farah Pandith, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations and Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, Partner at Dechert and the wife of the Deputy Prime Minister.
The afternoon started with wonderful presentations to 100 sixth form students from schools around London and as far away as Wales. We then welcome 100 of our Women of the Future Ambassadors to join us for an informal networking session with the students and their teachers.
The afternoon was a great success!
A note below from Lisa Thefaut, Director of Extended Learning, Ursuline High School, Wimbledon.
Powerful Connections at the Foreign Office
The Women of the Future, Ambassadors reception at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office provided an inspirational evening for Year 12 students. “Meeting ordinary women who have achieved extraordinary things shows that you mustn’t allow yourself to put up barriers up in your mind to prevent your own success”, Nema Lwanda commented at the end of the evening. Students networked with some amazing women at the top of their professions. Talking to such powerful role models was hugely motivational. “This evening showed me the power of making connections and being brave enough to ask for help” said Gemma Totman.
Amongst the women students spoke to, were Emma Wade OBE, Foreign and Security Policy Councillor at the British Embassy, Washington DC and Farah Pandith, first ever US special representative to Muslim Communities across the globe, appointed in 2009 by the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She is a global expert on counter terrorism with a special interest in combating the radicalisation of young people. Her message when she spoke to Ursuline students was them to “never be the cleverest person in the room” and “never play safe taking only jobs you can easily do, this way you will continue to learn, achieve the job you deserve and fulfil your true potential.”