Alternative investment consultant Albourne Partners Ltd. welcomed 11 young women aged 14-15 into its London headquarters last month to give them a glimpse into a career in money management, finance and other professions.
Albourne was one of 25 companies, including money managers, accounting and legal firms, that hosted nearly 300 young female students in their offices for a morning of education about work.
The activity was part of the annual She Can Be event, sponsored by the Lord Mayor of London's charitable appeal.
"The goal of the event was to inspire young women to consider careers in the city of London," said Clare Cuming, partner and Albourne's head of communications.
In its inaugural year as a She Can Be host, Albourne focused its efforts on helping its guests — all students at a state-run school in southeast London — better understand money management.
The students learned about due diligence and portfolio construction through instruction based on popular games — Snakes and Ladders, and Snap — and took turns interviewing Albourne employees about their jobs.
In the afternoon, Albourne's young guests and employees joined the rest of the female students and companies for a conference with more inspirational programming at Canary Wharf's East Wintergarden venue.
The feedback from the students and Albourne employees about the day of engagement was so positive that the firm decided to participate in the program again next year and plans to host two young women for a week of work experience during the summer of 2020, Ms. Cuming said.