Smashing glass ceilings: Acclaimed author Tara Mohr celebrates International Women’s Day at Sydenham High

Ground-breaking women’s leadership and well-being expert, Tara Mohr, visited Sydenham High School GDST on Tuesday 10 March to encourage current and former students to ‘Play Big’ and take control of their lives and careers.

Five years ago, Tara became aware of a pattern in her work as a leadership expert. She realised that women with tremendous talent, ideas and aspirations were not recognising their own brilliance.

These women felt that they were ‘playing small’ in their lives and careers and wanted to ‘play bigger’, but didn’t know how. With this in mind, Tara devised a step-by-step programme for finding their voice from the inside out. Her book, ‘Playing Big’ is the result.

Tara said: “My aim is to help women quiet self-doubt, identify personal and career callings, ‘unhook’ from praise and criticism and begin taking bold and wise action to create the careers and lives they deserve.”

An eager audience of students, alumnae, parents and staff listened to Tara explain key elements of her programme and answer questions from students, parents and staff.

Tara was also interviewed by one of Sydenham High’s Young Reporter team, Rachel Honeysett (Year 11), for a future feature to be published on the school website.

Headteacher Kathryn Pullen said: “Too often we listen to our inner critic and not our inner mentor when it comes to facing challenges and opportunities in our lives and careers.  Tara’s inspirational example show us all that we can train ourselves to stop seeing the barriers – as she summed it up at the end of her talk – to be more loyal to our dreams than to our fears, if we want to smash through those glass ceilings.”

Tara Mohr’s visit coincided with International Women’s Day which was celebrated around the world on Sunday 8 March.