Saturday, 13 August 2022

Inspiring women to speak at school

A CONFERENCE called BrainCanDo: Inspiring Women is to be held at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham in March.

A CONFERENCE called BrainCanDo: Inspiring Women is to be held at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham in March.

Aimed at students, teachers and parents, the two-day event will feature talks from women from the worlds of academia and business discussing their “no limits” approach to life.

On Friday, March 6 the speakers will include Zoe Jackson, founder of the Living the Dream performing arts company, entrepreneur Sejal Hathi, Jo Elvin, editor of Glamour magazine, Stephanie Butcher, fund manager at Invesco Perpetual, and Nicola Morgan, author of Blame Mr Brain.

The next day, delegates will debate the future of education and how best to prepare students.

The key speakers will include Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, professor of cognitive neuroscience at UCL, Andrew Curran, paediatric neurologist, Emma Mulqueeny, founder of Rewired State, Sandra McNally, professor of economics, University of Surrey, and Professor Nigel Thrift, vice-chancellor, University of Warwick.

Headmistress Julia Harrington said: “We believe that learning is far more than just gathering information.

“Our brains can do amazing things if you know how to use them. There are no limits to learning, no need to curb curiosity and no ceiling to success.

“Our BrainCanDo conferences will aim to fuel innovation and creativity through a series of regular events, talks and learning sessions.”

For more information and to book tickets, visit or email

Meanwhile, 12 students from Queen Anne’s attended a Women in Business lunch at Deloitte in Reading.

They participated in the Jaffa Cake Debate, a business game designed to promote debate on whether a jaffa cake is classed as a biscuit or a cake for VAT purposes from the viewpoints of United Biscuits and the HMRC.

This is an exercise based on a real-life court case which the company won.

GCSE student Olivia Dunning, 15, from Henley, said: “Our visit was really informative and useful and the experience has given me a much clearer perspective with regards to the career path that I would like to take.”

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