#MonsterConfidence came back with a bang! We kicked off the 2018 Monster Confidence tour in London at Here East on Tuesday, October 16th and wow where do we begin? Around 450 girls and young women came along to our largest event of the year.
First up was the amazing Florence Adepoju, who gave a keynote speech that set the tone for the day – one of inspiration, excitement and STEM.
We had a range of workshops on topics like Presentations and Online Profiles delivered by Monster.co.uk. Attendees participated in Speed Networking, Mentoring & Mock Interviews with professionals from across the STEM industry. We also had a panel with STEM professionals speaking about their journeys, sharing their wisdom and advice about how to be confident. Panellists included:
- Kadine James, Hobs 3D
- Sarah Howard, Westfield
- Cristina Diaz Cachero, Ford
- Di Black, EY
- Chantelle Edwards, ASOS
- Sasha Kotovis, KPMG
For the first time this year, we had professional photographers at the event doing free headshots for the girls to use in job applications, CVs and to build their professional profiles.
What better way to end the day than with a keynote speech from the incredible Baroness Martha Lane Fox CBE? Martha’s powerful speech left us all in awe and feeling inspired.
We caught all of the crazy, #STEMtastic fun from the day, on our Twitter.
Inspiring to see young women interested in #STEM careers taking part in careers workshops, inspirational talks and networking with industry professionals at @Stemettes #MonsterConfidence event today at Here East as part of our #EngineerHere programme! #GirlsInSTEM pic.twitter.com/s3KNxtzY4k
— Here East (@HereEast) October 16, 2018
Oaks Park female students attending the #MonsterConfidence STEM event today. Learning about careers in STEM, interview and presentation skills. Being inspired! #STEM #WomenInSTEM @Monster pic.twitter.com/cVkdHLMbVD
— Oaks Park High Sch (@OaksParkHighSch) October 16, 2018
— Stemettes 💙 ★ # + (@Stemettes) October 16, 2018
— Di Black (@gavanddi) October 16, 2018
— Debbie Smith (@DebbieSmithIAm) October 16, 2018
In terms of impact…
- attendees gave the day 8.18 out of 10
- 96% had an increased positive perception of STEM careers
- 100% said their confidence in STEM had increased
- 91% had their STEM network increased
- 100% left with an increased awareness of STEM careers
One young lady mentioned that the best thing she learnt at the event was “we are who we are for a reason and we should do what we love”. Another girl commented that the day had opened her eyes to the variety of jobs in STEM, stating that she learnt “how much more options there are in STEM for my future”.
Thank you to our hosts Here East, Prize Partners ASOS and Hobs 3D and Candy Kittens for being our sweets provider. Of course, big thanks to Monster for being the star of the show. For more details about the tour, visit monsterconfidence.co.uk
For more pictures from the day check out our Flickr: