Girls inspired to be tomorrow’s STEM leaders at Rocking Ur Teens event

International Airlines Group (IAG) and Rocking Ur Teens are teaming up to hold a one-day energetic and interactive conference for teenage girls aged 13 and 14. According to WISE, women make up just 23% of those in core STEM occupations in the UK and 24% of those working in core STEM industries.

To grow these figures, IAG and Rocking Ur Teens will showcase STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers where traditionally girls are underrepresented and get them excited about the prospect of a job in one of these areas, that they may not have previously considered.

At a time when teenagers are starting to think about possible careers, the event will bring to life the realities of various roles in both corporate organisations and non-typical industries for participants, so that they can start to map out their own journeys.

Bringing together teens from different backgrounds, the event’s focus is on raising aspirations, building self-esteem and supporting teen girls in a safe and fun environment to learn, share and grow whilst providing effective tools to help them to successfully navigate their teenage years.

Taking place on 4 December at IAG’s offices in Harmondsworth, West London, the day will be hosted by Capital Xtra radio presenter, Remel London. Attendees will hear from scientists, pilots, engineers and entrepreneurs including Emily Grossman, expert in molecular biology and Jillian Kowalchuk, award-winning entrepreneur and founder of a revolutionary crowd-sourcing GPS app. Each will share their story and learned wisdom, as well as how they have become the successful people they are now. A previous Rocking Ur Teens conference, the December event will focus on STEM

Participants will also take part in an interactive workshop about body image with the Self Esteem Team and hear from students who took part in an emerging technology course with Apps for Good and went on to develop their own apps. A panel of IAG women will talk about their own experiences and offer advice to their 13-year-old selves, with the benefit of hindsight. Award-winning singer-songwriter Sharlene Monique will close the event with some inspiring songs about empowerment, love and self-acceptance.

Founded in 2015, Rocking Ur Teens is a social enterprise that equips young people with the skills that leaders of the future need. It does this through its annual events. To date, Rocking Ur Teens has welcomed over 1,000 students and teachers at its conferences. Over the next five years Rocking Ur Teens aims to host these on a global level with a view to forming a revolutionary teen community.

Rocking Ur Teens founders said: “We are excited to be hosting our first event in partnership with International Airlines Group. Today’s world is an exciting but challenging place to be a teenager. This event will bring together teenage girls to inspire them and raise their self-esteem, showing them that if they believe in themselves they can achieve whatever they want. We hope they will leave walking a little taller, feeling inspired and equipped with the confidence and skills they need to be the best they can be.”

Julia Simpson, Chief of Staff at International Airlines Group, added: “We are proud to take part in this inspirational day, helping to motivate the next generation of young women into the airline industry. This is a fantastic place to work and we are delighted that you will meet some of our great women pilots, engineers, cabin crew, customer service agents and digital innovators.”

Talking about the impact for their students, teachers who have attended previous Rocking Ur Teens events said: ““Fantastic, inspiring event, to motivate young girls” and “What an awesome day of girl power and potential” and “Every Year 8 girl needs to hear this.”

The event is subsidised by IAG to allow all students in the locality of Harmondsworth the opportunity to attend.


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Rocking Ur Teens is a Community Interest Company that equips young people with the skills that leaders of the future need. Our mission is to:
  • develop entrepreneurial spirit, agility & flexibility, character, self-esteem and good mental health
  • connect young people to industries, such as: Arts & Media, Science, Technology and Business
  • equip young people to enjoy their teenage years, leading them to future career success.
We do this nationally through Teen Conferences, expanding Globally to enable young people to share, learn and grow. The conferences focus on: Self, Collaboration, Career and Making a Difference. Aimed at 13-14 years olds in Year 8 & 9 of School.
International Airlines Group is one of the world's largest airline groups with 546 aircraft flying to 279 destinations and carrying around 105 million passengers each year. It is the third largest group in Europe and the sixth largest in the world, based on revenue. Formed in January 2011, IAG is the parent company of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and Vueling. It is a Spanish registered company with shares traded on the London Stock Exchange and Spanish Stock Exchanges. The corporate head office for IAG is in London, UK.
In 2017, IAG launched LEVEL a new low cost airline brand which flies longhaul from Barcelona and Paris and shorthaul from Vienna. IAG combines leading airlines in Ireland, the UK and Spain, enabling them to enhance their presence in the aviation market while retaining their individual brands and current operations. The airlines' customers benefit from a larger combined network for both passengers and cargo and a greater ability to invest in new products and services through improved financial robustness. British Airways and Iberia are members of the oneworld alliance.