Be True to Yourself With a Purpose Driven Life

17 April 2017

What a treat this event was!

We had a talk from Charly Young, CEO and co-founder of The Girls’ Network – an award-winning charity that matches girls from low income communities with a female mentor, in order to open networks and opportunities that the girls would otherwise not have access to. The Girls’ Network is our charity partner at Aspiring Women.

The power of women and girls supporting each other

How can we harness the experiences and energy of women to support girls and young women to be ambitious for their futures? To have the opportunities, the support and the confidence to discover and pursue their passions?

Charly shared her experiences as a secondary school teacher in one of the most disadvantaged communities in London, the challenges that the girls in her classroom were facing, and how this led her to establish a charity connecting women and girls.

She also talked about the ways in which The Girls’ Network are supporting more than 1,000 girls across the country each year, with the help of a fantastic network of women and men, and the impact that has been seen on the lives of the girls worked with.

After hearing Charly’s inspiring journey of finding and following her purpose Kelly led an exercise about understanding our purpose and how we can choose to be true to ourselves and lead a purpose driven life.

From the event:

‘It was a great event – love the network task’

‘Really inspiring session. Loved hearing about The Girls’ Network and having time to link that and discuss/reflect on our own personal passions’

‘Great session, finding out more about The Girls’ Network, the work they do and how to get involved’

‘A great event as always, with friendly, like-minded people’

‘Love the new venue! Fantastic topic and very inspiring to hear about The Girls’ Network. Good to hear where our money is going.’

‘Really enjoyed both presentations. Inspiring!’

‘Brilliant, was so glad I came. I have ideas, am re-motivated and feel really connected’

‘Location and car-parking very easy, thank you!’

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Charly Young

Charly Young is CEO and Co-founder of The Girls’ Network

Prior to setting up The Girls’ Network, Charly trained as a secondary school teacher with Teach First in 2011, becoming an outstanding Geography and Citizenship teacher at a school in North West London.

It was then she saw first-hand the double disadvantages faced by the girls in her classroom. Challenges born from the expectations placed on them to look a certain way, act a certain way, pursue certain types of ‘female’ careers or life choices. And those stemming from the fact that they know no professional women, or could see no one like them in the roles or careers to which they might aspire.

It was this that inspired her to set up The Girls’ Network.

Charly has spoken at various conferences and events, including the 2014 ASGS annual conference and TEDx Youth. She has written articles for publications including the Guardian and the Huffington Post and has been approached by BBC Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live to contribute to discussions on education and girls.

Kelly Keating

Following a career working in Marketing, Communication and Relationship Management related roles for 15 years, during the start of its LEAN transformation programme, I volunteered for the opportunity to learn about continuous improvement whilst working at the RNLI and haven’t looked back since.

Moving onto LV= I worked in the General Insurance Operational change team and subsequently headed up the Continuous Improvement team within Technology.

Whilst at LV= I was part of the team that set up its first Women’s network and now working at JP Morgan I am an active participant in its many diversity programmes.

In September 2016 I gave birth to our son Xander, after years of focus on my career he’s certainly given me a chance to step back and appreciate life. He brings me tremendous joy every day and I feel very blessed.

Volunteering for Aspiring Women is my small way of paying it forward. I also love festivals, camping in our VW and creating our dream home.

Date:                           Tuesday 17 April, 6 for 6.30pm until 8.30pm

Venue:                         Woodpecker Café, Queens Park Pavilion, Queen’s Park West Drive, Bournemouth BH8 9BY

Event Cost:                  £16 (includes drinks and light refreshments)

Parking:                       Free car park next to the venue, plenty of spaces

Doors open at 6pm for drinks and food before we start at 6.30pm.

Please note that the booking fee covers the cost of organising the event which includes light refreshments and a finger buffet, plus a small donation to a charity that supports women.

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  • On the day: payment put towards future event
  • No show without notice: no refunds or future event reservation – you lose your money – sorry!


Marie, Kelly and Ginette

The Aspiring Women Dorset Team