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Inspiring Evening Reveals How To Raise Resilient Girls

Motivational speaker Dr Kathy Weston gave a packed-house some brilliant tips and strategies to help families raise resilient girls when she delivered her inspirational talk on Monday 25 Nov at Townsend School St Albans.

The talk covered the current state of girls’ mental health, how in this “age of anxiety” it must to be talked about and managed. Kathy explained the mechanics of resilience and how families can give girls the confidence to thrive. The role of digital technology was detailed and the harm from social media undermining children’s views of themselves. There were a few great questions from the floor and then most of the audience left the room almost reeling from the volume of useful information they had received and still processing what they had heard. All attendees will receive a copy of Kathy’s inspiring presentation. Please scroll through the photos below to get a flavour of the evening.

Denise Powell, a past President of Soroptimist International St Albans and District and Facilitator of the Club’s Violence Against Women Team compered the evening. We were graced by the presence of The Right Worshipful the Mayor of St Albans City and District Janet Smith whose theme for her year in office is “Knowledge and Confidence”. For more information about Kathy please see “About the Speaker” below.Kathy sent out her speaker notes to those who attended which we hope enjoyed reading. If you would like to receive regular, evidence-based parenting tips as you continue on your parenting journey, here are some options for you:
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The event raised more than £1200 which will go to the two main charities being supported by Soroptimist International St Albans & District this year – Herts Rape Crisis – and the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge  A massive thanks must go to Townsend School for their generosity in donating the venue for this topical event.

The 25th November is an important date for Soroptimists all around the world – it is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and it marks the launch of 16 days of activism that will conclude on 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

7About the speaker: Dr Kathy Weston is one of the top motivational speakers in the country on evidence-based approaches to parenting, family life and education. She is the co-author of “Engaging Parents”, a regular expert guest on BBC radio and produces a podcast series for teachers and parents called “Get a Grip”. Read more about her work here: