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Sophie Pender – The Advantage of Being From ‘Good Stock’

This podcast episode features Elevate President John Croft talking with the CEO and founder of the 93% Club, Herbert Smith Freehills’ associate, Sophie Pender.

Trying to Package Privilege

This podcast episode features Elevate President John Croft talking with the CEO and founder of the 93% Club, Herbert Smith Freehills’ associate, Sophie Pender. Sophie describes her background, education experience and the work of the 93% Club to clear a path for legal professionals from non-traditional socio-economic backgrounds.

  • [00:43] – A person’s socio-economic background isn’t immediately noticeable when you meet them.
  • [06:27] – The 93% Club is a nationwide student charity in the UK that supports state school students at university. Apply named, 93% of the UK population is educated at state schools.
  • [08:05] – For people from lower socio-economic backgrounds, realising people judge others based on their financial circumstances or upbringing is a shock.
  • [10:04] – In 2020, we went from having two 93% Club societies, Bristol and Durham, to just under 50 nationwide. It’s now a fully established charity.
  • [14:15] – We’re trying to have a conversation about this topic. We need to stop looking at people and valuing them based on their upbringing or how much money they have in the bank.
  • [15:42] – We’re not going to change things overnight. While that happens, we want to equip students with the necessary skills to get top employer roles.
  • [17:12] – We work with big corporates with lots of resources and a real drought when it comes to diverse talent to put on skills sessions.
  • [18:16] – We help our members make connections to further mentorship into sponsorship, but that’s not all…
  • [23:06] – Have the life experience conversation. It can be uncomfortable, but it is important.

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Note: This transcript has been adjusted to improve readability. Transcripts are generated using speech recognition software and human transcribers. The context and more than 95% of the actual transcript have been preserved.  We strongly encourage our listeners to listen to the audio.

 

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