For the third stop on our #MonsterConfidence tour 2018, we headed up north to Manchester. The Federation provided the perfect setting for one of our most successful events of the year.

Clare Sudberry (Lead Consultant Developer, ThoughtWorks) and Ffion Turner (Business Intelligence Board Director, MediaCom) delivered keynote speeches that empowered everyone who attended and showed the young women the range of possibilities STEM offers. ThoughtWorks, GCHQ, PwC and MediaCom partnered with us for this event – MediaCom even sourced 170 pies for lunch! 140 girls and young women joined in with a range of activities including mock interviews, speed networking, mentoring and a workshop on confidence. Our panel of industry experts included:

  • Chrissie Auton, Thoughtworks
  • Kiran Phagura, PwC
  • Preety Marwaha, MediaCom
  • Emily Cotter, InnovateHer

Check out some tweets from the day below:

In terms of impact…

  • 100% had increased awareness of STEM careers
  • 100% had increased positive perception of STEM careers
  • 98% had their STEM confidence increased
  • 96% had their STEM networks increased

When asked what the best thing they learnt from the day was, one girl answered “what it might be like in an interview and how to answer the questions effectively”. Another girl had a message for all our volunteers and partners: “Thank you for making me feel more like a professional who loves their job and less of an impostor”.

Thank you to our host The Federation, partners GCHQ, PwC and Thoughtworks, as well as our prize partner MediaCom! A special thanks to Monster for making the whole tour possible. For more details about the tour, visit

Head to our Flickr for more pics from the event!


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