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TalkTalk’s Salford headquarters to host The Reach Next Generation Summit in September

Greater Manchester is set to host an inspirational empowerment summit for girls aged 11-15 on September 18th at TalkTalk’s Salford headquarters. The Next Generation Summit will be delivered by Reach, a community committed to championing women and girls across the UK, which was created by Sky Sports anchor and successful businesswoman Sarah Stirk.

There’s no doubt that today’s young girls are facing pressures unknown to previous generations. Whether it’s social media, societal pressure relating to appearance, finding friends, making important decisions, or discovering who they are and what type of world they want to live in. This stage of life is full of daunting demands.

The Reach Next Generation Summit aims to empower and educate girls from all backgrounds. The event will provide discussions and guidance from a series of female leaders across a broad range of themes, including: the environment; social media; body positivity; wellbeing; exercise; fashion; and opportunities in tech. Informative and interactive sessions will inspire the girls to face challenges, improve confidence and help to fulfil personal ambitions. The summit also focuses on diversity and inclusion with speakers from all areas of society ready to share their life experiences.

Speakers include: Jo Coates, CEO UK Athletics, Gemma Oaten, Actress and founder of Seed Charity and Sharon Davies CEO of Young Enterprise.

Girls from across Greater Manchester are invited to attend The Reach Next Generation Summit at TalkTalk’s COVID-secure headquarters – or alternatively via a live stream. Those registering or watching will be encouraged to reach out to friends and classmates after the event, to widen its impact and foster long-lasting results.

The Reach Next Generation Summit in Salford follows the success of the previous summit held in London in June, as well as a series of Women’s Leadership events for adults at sporting venues such as St Andrews, Royal Lytham St Annes and the Aegis Bowl.

Sarah Stirk, co-founder of Reach, commented “At Reach, we are proud of the work we’ve done to inspire women of all ages and are committed to playing our part in inspiring the next generation of women leaders. The summit, which this time will be hosted by TalkTalk at their headquarters in Salford, is a brilliant opportunity to impact young women; offering guidance, reassurance and, most importantly, positivity to affect real change together.”

The Reach Next Generation Summit is supported by Levi Strauss, Haines Watts, Swinton Insurance and Salford-headquartered connectivity provider TalkTalk.

Tristia Harrison, chief executive officer at TalkTalk, commented “Young women today face a number of modern pressures, with issues like social media and climate change having an impact on mental wellbeing. That’s why events like The Reach Next Generation Summit are so vital, enabling young women to confidently pursue their goals in a friendly and exciting environment.”

She added “At TalkTalk we are passionate about equality, inclusion and providing opportunities across Greater Manchester and beyond, so to sponsor and host an event that contributes so positively to our community is especially important. We look forward to welcoming and empowering the next generation of women leaders at our Salford headquarters.”

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