‘She Leads’ Female Empowerment Camp Returns – The Royal Gazette


Created: May 14, 2022 7:23 am

“She Leads”: The BHS Class of 2019 with BHS Graduate Christie Hunter-Arscott (Photo Provided)

Female students across the island are being introduced to real-world readiness through the return of a leadership program launched in 2019.

Bermuda High School and HSBC Bank have announced the third annual She Leads program.

It is open to all female students including homeschooling students.

The qualification program runs from July 4th to 8th at the BHS Innovation Center, applications are accepted until May 27th.

A statement from the school said: “The BHS Charitable Trust, with the support of HSBC, is proud to continue this pioneering public-private partnership aimed at connecting students across schools and providing them with a meaningful leadership and development programme .

“The week-long program will teach the young women stress management skills, build their confidence, build their resilience and ultimately strengthen their leadership skills.”

“She Leads” was created by Christie Hunter-Arscott, a 2001 BHS graduate.

She is also a gender consultant, author and speaker.

The program is an extension of the “I Lead” leadership framework that was piloted at BHS in 2019.

She Leads participants with staff from Beyond Fitness Bermuda (photo provided)

This year the program has 22 places available for students from Berkeley Institute and CedarBridge Academy, with 11 places for BHS students and two each for the remaining private schools: Bermuda Institute, Mount Saint Agnes Academy, Saltus, Somersfield Academy and Warwick Academy .

Two spots are available for homeschooling students.

“We Speak” training 2021 at BHS (photo included)

Judy Doidge, corporate secretary of HSBC and principal sponsor of She Leads, said the expansion of the program gives young women a “unique opportunity to expand their networking circle with their peers across Bermuda.”

“Each year the young female cohort impresses us with their intellect, confidence and composure, with some of the former participants becoming young entrepreneurs and/or moving on to higher education.

“We have been proud supporters of the ‘She Leads’ initiative for three years and find these young women inspiring and have a very bright future ahead of them.”

The week comes with speakers, workshops and personal reflection.

Workshops include an HSBC seminar on financial literacy; the three-hour public “boot camp” WeSpeak Bermuda; and a workshop “Building Your Resiliency Toolbox” with Lorrie Peniston of the psychology firm Synergy.

Ms. Hunter Arscott will present a workshop on risk taking and report from her new book Start bold: How women can rethink risk, embrace uncertainty and launch brilliant careers.

Beyond Fitness will offer a workout session and talk about the importance of self-care and health, and attendees will be joined by Clare O’Connor, Global Head of Editorial Content for meeting app Bumble, on “Making the First Move: How Women Can Network.” , move forward and build each other up”.

There will be a Dress for Success visit to Orange Bay and internal trust building and networking workshops.

Linda Parker, principal at BHS, said the school welcomed another summer cohort to the “phenomenal” program.

“The change in young women throughout the week confirms the powerful impact this program is having on each of them.

“The networking opportunities and friendships they make throughout the week are priceless.”

Students can apply by submitting their reasons for participating in a letter, email, song, poem, artwork, or video.

It should be sent to [email protected] by May 27th.

Successful applicants will be notified in the first week of June.


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