Inspiring Women at Deloitte
Celebrating International Women’s Day with Miriam González Durántez
19 March 2015
Deloitte’s Women’s Network* hosted an event with Miriam González Durántez, Partner at Dechert LLP, and champion of the Inspiring Women Campaign, in London last night to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD).
Miriam shared her experience in launching the Inspiring Women Campaign**, and her personal journey in building a successful career in the public eye. The event was open to employees and clients, who have a common interest in increasing the number of female leaders in business.
In the spirit of the 2015 IWD theme ‘Make It Happen’, the audience heard first-hand from a head teacher and student from Basildon Upper Academy who have both participated in Miriam’s campaign. They discussed the real-life impact the initiative has had in their school, and how the mentoring has changed the student’s view on her career. This has helped her achieve goals she thought were out of reach.
Miriam González Durántez, said: "The Inspiring Women Campaign that I have been leading for over a year and a half is based on a very simple premise: you cannot be it unless you can see it. That is why we want to show to young girls the different options they might have in life and we are doing so by exposing them to all the amazing female role models that are out there."
Emma Codd, Deloitte’s Managing Partner for Talent, hosted the event and said: “The event was a great opportunity to have an open and honest conversation about the barriers that women continue to face throughout their careers and the importance of role models for the next generation of young women.
“At Deloitte we recognise that making any meaningful change in relation to gender diversity is not just about those women already within the workplace – it is also about those who could access it in the future. The significant positive impact of providing early access to role models and an insight into what can be achieved should not be under-estimated.”
Notes to editors
* Deloitte’s Women’s Network was established in 2007 to provide members with a platform to network with other women across Deloitte and provide them with access to role models and potential mentors. There are over 1000 members from across Deloitte, at all grades and parts of the business.
**Inspiring Women campaign
The national Inspiring Women campaign launched on 17 October 2013 and they already have around 13,000 women ready to talk with girls in England. Their ambition is to see 15,000 women from a wide range of occupations going into state schools, over 2015, talking to 250,000 young girls. Pledge one hour a year to change young lives by volunteering to talk with girls in school and register on http://www.inspiringthefuture.org/inspiring-women/
The Inspiring Women campaign is run by the Education and Employers Taskforce, and independent charity founded in October 2009 whose aim is to ensure that every school and college has effective partnerships with employers which provide young people with the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential and so secure our national prosperity.
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