We hope that our guest speakers leave our girls feeling inspired long after the end of CYL. Former students, entrepreneurs and charity workers all came with the message of "she believed she could, so she did."
Rishi Khosla, CEO and Co-founder of OakNorth Bank Ltd, our sponsor in conjunction with the PTFA, launched Challenge Your Limits Week 2018. The girls were then introduced to our opening speaker, Cassandra Gracey, President of the Creative Group of Sony Music, speaking on her life in the music industry.
Megha Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director of luxury women’s designer clothing company, Escada, spoke about the challenges of running a successful global business in the fashion industry and how she came into the profession.
Guy Mucklow, entrepreneur and CEO of market leading provider of cloud-based address management services company, PCA Predict, gave a talk to an audience of attentive students on how he set up and sold his business for $100 million.
It was also a welcome return to the school for Old Dolphin, Laura Graham. Laura’s business, GG Print, was started at Godolphin and Latymer, and is now an established print and design studio with customers from all over the world.
We were delighted to welcome one of the leaders of the ethical fashion movement and founder of Fashion ComPassion, Ayesha Mustafa, to the school to speak to girls about her journey as a social and ethical entrepreneur.
We also had the wonderful Charlotte Robertson, one half of the Digital Sisters and co-founder of Digital Awareness UK, speaking about social media, technology and combatting online issues.
Old Dolphin, Cat Davison, spoke to girls about Reading Spots, the charity project she set up in Ghana to promote literacy by enabling communities in rural areas to have free access to books.
Godolphin and Latymer’s very own Miss Henham delivered a fascinating talk on her experiences in working in Angola on projects which generated micro-finance for small businesses in deprived communities.
We welcomed entrepreneur Michael Nabarro to the school to explain how he founded his ticketing, marketing and fundraising company, Spektrix, which is a rival to Ticketmaster.
Global marketing leader, Jamie Holtum, discussed bad career advice and offered girls alternatives to the idea of solely finding and following your passions when choosing your career path.
Dick Moore, qualified instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid, delivered a talk entitled “Learn to Dance in the Rain” about the importance of positivity and supporting each other.
Singer, songwriter and Old Dolphin, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, was our guest speaker at our closing assembly for Challenge Your Limits Week 2018, discussing the challenges she faced in the beginning of her career and the choices she made to step out of her comfort zone and forge a successful career in the music industry.