On Saturday 9th March, we were back at LGIM to host our very special International Women’s Day ‘Meet the Stemettes’ panel event for young women. LGIM is short for Legal & General Investment Management. At LGIM they handle money for millions of people across the world and use maths and technology to keep it safe, invest it and grow it for their customers.

We were joined by a fantastic panel from across STEM:

  • Claire Aley – Head of Product and Investments Business Management, LGIM
  • Emma Jackson – Head of Product Strategy & Development, LGIM
  • Montague Ashley-Craig – CEO, MONTAMONTA
  • Aleya Allybokus – Global Marketing Science Partner, Facebook
  • Lori Ho – Innovation Design Consultant, SAP
  • Victoria Barbour-Smith – Structural Engineer, Arup
  • Dr Shohreh Blank – Founder and CEO, The Mathematical Games Company
  • Mystery Man – Dami Lawal – Actuarial Analyst, LGIM

Each panellist introduced themselves, then answered lots of questions from our audience of young women and parents. Our panellists gave some great advice such as ‘Try different approaches in learning. There isn’t only one way!’.

We then took a short break for lunch kindly provided by LGIM and got to speed network with the panellists and more volunteers. There was a speed networking activity sheet competition (as always) and prizes to close!  It’s all covered in our roundup video:

And of course our twitter:

One of the attendees, Mia spoke to us and said:

“STEMettes is such an incredible opportunity not to be missed! The panel event I attended in London was accessible to girls of all ages and allowed myself and others to spend valuable time with professionals who generously offered advice and guidance. I was very fortunate to subsequently secure work experience with Legal and General Investment Management who were one of a number of participating companies. Without doubt I would say the STEMettes support and my time in the LGIM offices directly influenced my university application. The team at LGIM have really inspired me to work hard whilst studying for my A-levels and I want to thank everyone there for an unforgettable experience.”

In terms of impact, we had about 70 in attendance (including parents and guardians).

100% of attendees would like to come to another Stemettes event, and they gave the event an average of 9 out of 10. 100% left with improved awareness of STEM careers available. 100% had improved confidence in their STEM abilities. 100% left with an improved perception of the STEM world and 93% left with an improved network within STEM.

Others gave feedback:

“I really enjoyed this event, it really inspired me and I’d definitely want to go again!”
“I really liked the smile on everyone’s face and they all seemed like warm-hearted people. They inspired me into STEM even more which made me happy about attending this wonderful experience. Thanks to all.”

There’s a lovely Flickr album of the event:


Thanks very much to LGIM for hosting us, catering for everyone and providing their role models as panellists. We’ll be back to LGIM with a panel event for London soon. Join our mailing list to be kept up-to-date. If you’d like to host us let Event Stemette know.

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