Since 2014 I have committed time to hosting a series of free ‘maternity comeback’ and career comeback workshops each year at my home in St Albans, Hertfordshire, as seen in The Guardian. I know many mothers who are returning to work don’t have access to sponsored maternity comeback coaching so we’re on a mission to sort that out and feel good. (Because doing nice stuff gives us good vibes.)
As with the first workshops there’ll be no fixed agenda, no powerpoint slides, no lecturing, no crying babies (this is grown-up headspace time for you, so you might want to find a friend you can do a babysit swapsy with) and no cost to participate.
Remaining dates this year are:
- Monday 11th July 12.30-2.30pm (Career Comeback Workshop)
- Monday 12th September 12.30-2.30pm (Maternity Comeback Workshop)
- Friday 18th November 12.30-2.30pm (Maternity Comeback Workshop)
I speak to spark culture change and to fuel individuals’ belief and ability to get on. My core topics are creating gender-balanced organisations, flourishing as a working parent and coming back with confidence after a career break. See the Media & Speaker page for the lowdown.
Join me on Wednesday 20th July as I host ‘Hidden Talent Action Tank’ for Senior Resourcing and Inclusion & Diversity practitioners. Speakers include key people from Avanade and 02. More details and register your attendance here: http://talentkeepers.co.uk/hidden-talent-action-tank/
I most recently spoke at the Law Society where I updated HR bods on the latest thinking on flexible working. Other notable past engagements include the Coaching At Work conference where I spoke about the vital role of men and line managers in fuelling women’s careers and a session at Westminster on what Government can do to promote active fatherhood.
“Jessica made me think again about some decisions I had previously made, which now means I’m making the right choices for me and my family. I love the way we were sat round the kitchen table and built our agenda from introductions. I’m so glad Jessica does this ‘give-back’ as it really built on what I had learnt from the book. Looking forward to applying to wider than just my return to work.”
Emma, Travis Perkins
“I really enjoyed the workshop and felt energised afterwards. There were a number of things raised that I feel will be of benefit to me on returning to work/negotiating return. I really appreciated the opportunity to be part of this workshop. Talking through potential issues ahead and listening to others views helped to see positive ways forward and also appreciate the good things that have already occurred. Thank you!”
Lexy, Maternity Comeback Workshop Participant
“Jessica has a generosity of spirit that extends to meet the individual needs of women, and is able to offer simple and appropriate strategies that you can readily put into practice. I am grateful for her suggestions and wholeheartedly recommend her briefing sessions for other mothers navigating the return to work.”
Katie Wright, University of East London
“I really enjoyed the workshop, and left feeling really energised about taking the reins for my return to work later this year, especially as I am taking on a new role on my return. I came away feeling much more con dent that I had tools at my disposal to make a smooth transition, and techniques to use on an ongoing basis.”
Alison Benson, Compliance and Governance Manager
“Being a free workshop I didn’t know quite what to ex- pect, however I needn’t have worried because it gave me the much needed clarity and reassurance I was seeking to return back to work con dent and knowing exactly what I want! No question is silly or stupid. Jessica’s friendly man- ner and expert experience puts you at instant ease. Would highly recommend for all mothers who are feeling a little ‘out of the game’ and perhaps uncertain or confused about re- turning to the workplace after maternity leave.
R.E, Maternity Comeback Workshop Participant
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend the Maternity Comeback Workshop. It was great to have a safe and inspiring environment to explore mixed feelings about returning to work. Much that I am excited to return to work, like many women I have fears and con dence issues that I wanted to discuss with like minded career women and nd some practical solutions. Jessica and my fellow course participants helped inspire me with practical solutions to both personal and professional problems. I feel more con dent now and armed with tools to go back and be as good, if not better at my old role.”
Louise Summers, Maternity Comeback Workshop Participant
“I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for yesterday’s session. It really was fantastic to meet you and share experiences and challenges with others, and so incredibly kind of you to give up your time. I came away feeling reassured, inspired and excited for the future, whatever that turns out to be!”
Gaynor, Career Comeback Workshop Participant
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