Last night was the launch of the first London Make Your Mark Charity Event at The Hunter Collective, Farringdon.

Gathering together Women (and a few men too) from some of the largest enterprises in the UK, with a renown author & career coach, and a mix of entrepreneurs and business women from across London in aid of The Girls’ Network Charity.

The event started off as an opportunity to bring together Lean In circles and other women’s networks from different enterprise businesses in London. As these amazing women did their thing spreading the word across not just their organisations but their networks the momentum grew and grew. So on a chilly evening in January we had 100 people learning, networking and raising money for an amazing charity.

I could not be more grateful for the support of so many people and for Christine Brown-Quinn for volunteering her services to deliver a fantastic workshop on Networking Strategy (in the perfect setting to immediately use our new skills). Christine is the author of a fantastic book Step Aside Super Woman – Career and Family is for Any Woman.

The Charity

I was introduced to The Girls’ Network by a fellow Lean In leader and the connection could not have been more perfect for the event. Their mission is to inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional female role models.

At age 16 50% of girls from the poorest homes achieve no GCSE’s above a D.

The Girls’ Network Website

I know that several attendees applied to become mentors and also some of the companies got in touch to support the charity further. In total the evening raised £1217.48.

Mentoring

Yesterday evening also saw the launch of “Mentor Finder” a service to introduce potential mentors with mentees at any stage of their career. If you would like to sign up to either be or find a mentor you CLICK HERE or scan the QR code below.

Scan QR Code to Start the Mentoring Process

Thank You

Finally I want to thank all of the women and companies who gave their feedback and support to the event: Christine Brown-Quinn, The Girls’ Network, Vodafone, GSK, P&G, Coty, BT, John Lewis, CBRE, BNP Paribas, Xerox and MUFG as well as all the other attendees and volunteers on the day.

Tara Huddless with Giovanna Grandoni, Director of Fundraising & Relationships at The Girls’ Network.

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