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College champions International Women’s Day #EachforEqual 2020 theme


As part of Hugh Baird College’s week long series of events celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD), more than 90 students attended talks with inspirational female leaders working in the Liverpool City Region.

Kim Healey, People Director at Everton Football Club, Cllr Janette Williamson, Deputy Leader at Wirral Borough Council, Morag Davies, Regional Manager at Reliance Bank and Amanda Willis, Group HR Director at Peel Ports Group all engaged students with presentations on their career journeys.

This year IWD was celebrated under the theme #EachforEqual, drawing on the notion of “collective individualism”, the idea that everyone is part of a whole and how individual’s actions, conversations, behaviours and mind-sets can impact on our larger society.

Hugh Baird College championed these messages with each of the four speakers touching on inequalities they have experienced during their careers and how they overcame them.

Rachael Hennigan, Principal and Chief Executive at Hugh Baird College who opened up the inspirational talk said:

It was a pleasure to welcome to the College today such an impressive group of female speakers from across the Liverpool City Region. We recognise the importance of International Women’s Day and we support equality for all of our students and staff. As an organisation, we believe in ensuring our learners leave us fully prepared to embark in the world of work. Talks from inspirational speakers such as those the students heard from today, demonstrate how crucial it is that learners not only develop the skills and attitudes employers look for, but also understand that they need to instil in themselves resilience and determination if they are to achieve their career goals.

Kim Healey, People Director at Everton Football Club, said of the event:

I was extremely proud to represent Everton Football Club and to see so many students celebrating International Women’s Day. It was also really inspiring to hear my fellow speakers share their varied career journeys. My main message for the students was that there’s often no straight path to your chosen career - for that reason, you need to be prepared to adapt and develop your skills so that you can look for opportunities in different places.

Shulah Jones, Head of Business Strategy, commented:

It was a pleasure to celebrate International Women’s Day with Kim, Janette, Morag and Amanda to hear their inspiring career journeys as women in industry. Thank you for coming into the College and sharing your journeys with our students and bringing home the message that ‘an equal world is an enabled world.

For more information on courses at Hugh Baird College please visit: www.hughbaird.ac.uk or call 0151 353 4444.

The images shows Hugh Baird Colleges Principal and Chief Executive, Rachael Hennigan, and Head of Business Strategy, Shulah Jones, alongside the four guest speakers; Kim Healey, Cllr Janette Williamson, Morag Davies and Amanda Willis.

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