What we do
Has anyone ever told you…
“You can’t do that! You’re a girl!” or “This is man’s work, it’s not for you”?
We’re here to tell you that that’s rubbish. Nobody gets to decide what should happen in your life except YOU.
We want to provide the young women of the Tees Valley with the role models, inspiration, resources and information to take control over the choices they make. This website is a toolkit to help find that control and discover the power of women.
Let us show you what is possible.
Head of PR, Marketing and Communications, Hartburn
Sector: PR and Marketing Kirsten Donkin struggled to find a career after school. After dropping out from her beauty therapy…Read my story
Managing Director of Wander Films, Grove Hill
Sector: Digital and Media Lou Tonner grew up in Grove Hill and describes her younger self as being “painfully shy”.…Read my story
Deputy Mayor, Marton
Sector: Local Politics Mieka Smiles started her career in journalism, writing for several North-East and national papers. But when her children’s school missed out on funding it had been promised, she decided to get involved in…Read my story
Director of Casper Shipping, Saltburn
Sector: Shipping Nikki Sayer took voluntary redundancy to travel Australia and New Zealand alone, however this hasn’t stopped her from…Read my story
Sector: Education and Community Support After many years as a youth and community worker Savita Sathe wanted to give a…Read my story
Project Lead, Stockton-on-Tees
Sector: Charity After volunteering for the Halo Project during her time at university, Tamara Schwarz was offered a permanent position with the charity because of her strong passion for women’s rights. …Read my story
MD of Hogg Global Logistics, Hartlepool
Sector: Logistics After having her maternity package withdrawn from the company she worked for previously, just two weeks before giving birth, Lyndsay and her father…Read my story
Law Partner, Darlington
Sector: Legal After being told law was not for her Amanda Adeola has now been a practising solicitor for 12…Read my story
Social Media Executive, Eaglescliffe
Sector: PR and Marketing While dealing with the death of one of her closest friends, Holly Wilson has had to overcome struggles alongside studying. She now works in a role…Read my story
Principal Lecturer, Teesside University
Sector: Education Femi Waters-Ajisafe has made Teesside her home after beginning her teaching career at Teesside University. She lectures there…Read my story
Power of Women – Our vision for 2022
Hear from the PoW board, meet our Primary Ambassadors from local schools and hear about our plan for 2022, and how you can get involved.
Wed, 16 February 2022 13:00 – 15:00
The Curve, Middlesbrough, TS1 3JN
Have you ever heard the phrase, “You can’t be what you can’t see”?
This refers to the idea that, unless you see someone like you doing incredible things, it won’t occur you to you that you are also capable of doing amazing things.
That’s why we’ve collected stories from incredible role models in the Tees Valley.
Take a look through their stories to discover what people like you are truly capable of.
I want to be…
Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?
Just want to find out more about what jobs are out there?
Take a look at our careers page to make it happen
What should I
Qualifications are the key to unlocking your future. Whether you enjoy learning in a classroom, or prefer more hands on and practical learning, there is something out there for everyone.
Take a look through our education page to find out more about your options.
Take a look through our blog posts for the latest updates from the POW Campaign, as well as tips and advice on how you can find your power.