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Two leading women from national audit, tax and advisory firm Crowe Clark Whitehill helped inspire scores of teenage girls at a Greater Manchester school’s role model event.

Tax partner Rebecca Durrant and tax manager Claire Smethurst, who both work at Crowe’s Manchester office, attended the Girls Out Loud event at Middleton Technology School.

Girls Out Loud is a charity that aims to empower and inspire teenage girls to have confidence, self-belief, emotional resilience and a positive self-image, helping them to think positively about their future life and potential careers.

Ms Durrant spoke to an audience of more than 125 Year 8 girls at the school about how her career started, and how she is now a partner at a national firm of accountants.


Her advice included four key points:


  1. Always speak up – don’t hide your voice, channel it.
  2. Don’t wait to be asked
  3. You can succeed whatever your background if you work hard and believe it.
  4. Remember – “It’s not who’s going to let me, but who’s going to stop me.” Ayn Rand


She also provided the girls with tips on how to succeed and enjoy life – both at work and home – before they asked her questions about her career and challenges she’d faced.

Ms Durrant said: “It was a really enjoyable event and an insight into the mind of a teenager, many of whom were horrified that you could pay 45% tax!

“The girls seemed really amused when I told them not to stop being outspoken in the workplace, explaining that it’s good to get noticed and to volunteer for projects that interest them.

“It was privilege to help at this event organised by Girls Out Loud, which I think is a really useful charity that helps girls to realise that they really can achieve great things in life.”

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