Sailing Voyage inspires the next generation of female business leaders

Posted: 16th June 2018

16 young women from 4 Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) academies – including Cowes Enterprise College – recently set sail alongside 6 female business leaders on 2 voyages, as part of a unique project to inspire and engage the next generation of female leaders.

Both students and professionals alike – many of which had never sailed before – were actively involved in every aspect of sailing the boat, from hoisting and lowering sails, steering, getting involved with navigation, anchoring, cooking and keeping watch. Alongside sailing activities, the female executives spent time chatting with and mentoring the students, talking to them about their careers, providing advice, opening-up networks and helping to build students’ confidence.

The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, which was made possible by Ormiston Trust and its invaluable partners, aimed to support and inspire the next generation and to help young women on their path to becoming leaders in their chosen fields. Ormiston Trust is a grant giving body which aims to improve the life chances of young people and families.

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