SHE LEADS: A Real World Readiness Programme

SHE LEADS: A Real World Readiness Programme is a week of guided workshops, inspiring speakers and personal reflection. This ground-breaking public/private partnership is offered to female students in their penultimate year of high school through sponsorship from HSBC.

Why Take Part in the 2024 She Leads Programme?

The She Leads programme is available to young women who have just completed their penultimate year of high school. The week-long programme runs in the first week of July. 

Applications for the Summer 2024 programme are due on May 24th.

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"This experience has taught me so much; not just educational but personal. The skills I have learned this past week, the people I have met and everything I have gained all add up to me being the best me I can be right now and I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity."

"I walked in here with no confidence at all, and I'm really walking out of here with more confidence than I ever thought I would have."





This week-long programme teaches the girls tools, frameworks and mindsets necessary for them to take ownership of their education, employment and beyond. Judy Doidge, HSBC Bermuda Executive Sponsor of the She Leads Programme, shares,At HSBC Bermuda, we believe that this particular initiative has been an excellent opportunity to help break down some of the barriers and stereotypes encountered by students in relation to public versus private schools in Bermuda. We are proud to be a part of this forward-thinking and important initiative.

The exclusive programme curriculum was developed by BHS alumna, Christie Hunter Arscott '01, who is an award-winning advisor, author and speaker focused on creating vibrant, dynamic and equitable career paths and workplaces. It has been specifically tailored to how girls learn and provides a safe place for the girls to take risks and build their confidence and skill sets. Christie noted after the inaugural programme in 2019, “It has been amazing to watch the transformation of these young women, even within this short programme. So many of them have come out of their shells, conquered fears, tackled self-doubt head on and made meaningful connections with other young women from across the schools.” 

The skills that are taught during the week are not always covered in a regular school curriculum but are essential for all aspects of the girls'  lives – personal, educational and professional. In 2022, twenty women from the community took time during the week to share their experiences, expertise and advice with the young women – an invaluable experience for all involved.

She Leads Facilitator, Shirley Kelly had this to say , "I love working with young people - it gives me a peek over the horizon and what is coming down the road before everyone else. These young ladies have had a real-world readiness week. They have interacted with amazing, powerful, inspirational and kind women on how to become the leaders they already are inside...and they have built a community that is enviable. From my peek over the horizon - our future is bright!"