Every year, to celebrate International Day of the Girl (11 October), Girls Takeover gives girls all over the world the opportunity to step into the roles of senior business leaders for a day. The aim is to raise awareness of equal power, freedom and representation for girls and young women.
This year, we’ve partnered with Plan International to run Girls Takeovers in both the UK and US. The theme of our Girls Takeover is ‘Putting women at the forefront of the transition to net zero’.
Two recruits, Precious in the UK and Leela in the US, took over for a day as senior members of National Grid.
Their experiences included attending board meetings, leading panel discussions, taking tours of National Grid facilities and even getting to climb a pylon and fly in one of our helicopters.
Find out more about their experiences and how we're supporting girls and young women into STEM, in order to take on the net zero challenge.
See how 15-year-old Precious spent her day in the role of National Grid’s President of Electricity Transmission, Alice Delahunty, where she chaired a board meeting, hosted discussions on diversity and inclusivity for women with STEM skills, directed an advertising campaign, climbed a 150-foot pylon and took a ride in one of our helicopters.Watch the video
See how 16-year-old Leela spent her day taking over from Rudy Wynter as President of National Grid New York. Leela’s experience with Plan USA’s Youth Leadership Academy has given her the opportunity to identify and strengthen her leadership skills, and her day included lunch with some of National Grid’s women leaders as well as visiting one of our construction sites.Watch the video
15-year-old Precious hosted a panel discussion with some of our female senior managers on the topic of the STEM gap, and why the future net zero workforce needs more women leaders.
Read some of the key takeaways from this thought-provoking conversation on the importance of attracting more female leaders to the workforce and ways it can be done.
16-year-old Leela led a lunch discussion with New York women leaders, where she asked them questions about women in STEM, sustainability and climate equity.
She facilitated an impactful and thought-provoking conversation that emphasized key issues many women face.
Our Girls Takeover partner, Plan International, run a series of Girls Takeover events and awareness campaigns each year, which sees hundreds of girls from all over the world step into the roles of senior business leaders for a day to to raise awareness of equal power, freedom and representation for girls and young women.
Plan International played a leading role in the UN's creation of 'International Day of the Girl' which takes place on 11 October every year.