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September 2014 News

Raising up a generation of girls to lead

  • Written by  Ian Anderson

Who will lead our young generation of girls into the future? Will it be the Beyonce, Kate Perry and Miley Cyrus lookalikes? Or is there a new emergence of females who think differently and act accordingly?

Bella magazine is on the search for the next generation of young female leaders and will host a new initiative this month called Bella Influencers Summit.

“It is about fostering the best environment we can to help young women lead,” said Bella Managing Editor Liz Hamilton. “We want to attract and engage young women on a larger scale and to empower them to bring about change wherever they are.”

The Summit will go for two days and feature a big list of guest speakers who are influencing and shaping the political, business, health and community, media and even fashion industry spheres. It will also give practical sessions on understanding and exploring identity and skill-sets

“We recognise that Gen Z are the best agents for change as they understand and can communicate to mass audiences through social media,” said Liz.

“Leadership and females should go together. Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In, articulates it well. When a girl tries to lead, she is often labelled bossy. We want to make it a norm for young women to aspire to be change agents as they are the mothers of our future communities.”

Since the initiation of Bella Magazine, well over 100 young women have been given the opportunity to gain an understanding of how the media works as well as providing a platform to develop their skills and strengths.

“The Bella Influencers Summit idea was birthed in the City Women office out of a desire to facilitate for the growing numbers of work experience requests as well as to mobilise young women to work together for change,” said Liz.

The Summit will run from Tuesday evening, September 30, to Thursday October 2, for girls 14 - 19.

If you, or someone you know would like to discover how they can maximise their leadership potential, please call the Bella office on 4638 5768 for more information and to book.

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