Tag Archives: maternity comeback coaching

BRE Career Comeback Day

21 April 2017 | Leave a comment

Are you currently on maternity or shared parental leave? Or have you taken a longer career break and are looking to get back to work? We would be delighted if you would join us for a free career comeback workshop sponsored by BRE on Friday 19th May at their Watford Campus. BRE is a world-leading building science centre with a mission to improve the built environment through knowledge and research generation. Operating internationally, with offices, representatives and partners around the globe, the … Read More


APPG Women & Work Report 2017

30 January 2017 | Leave a comment

Are you struggling to find the right people for the vacancies in your organisation? Is gender diversity on your agenda? Last year we hosted a ‘hidden talent action tank’ to help employers tap into the increasing number of skilled women who want to come back to work after an extended break. This week, we attended the launch of the ‘Women and Work’[1] report from a cross-party group of MPs and bring you the highlights from an employer perspective. You can … Read More


Free Maternity Comeback Workshops

18 October 2016 | 7 Comments

Our open programme maternity and career comeback workshops will continue in 2017. We know that many women don’t have access to the kind of support we provide our clients’ maternity returners and with this in mind, part of our ‘giving back’ each year is hosting a series of two-hour ‘maternity comeback’ workshops that are absolutely free to the individuals taking part. The first ones took place in March 2014 with women from organisations such as IBM, the University of East … Read More


Client case study – CIPR

28 January 2015 | Leave a comment

The Challenge The Challenge The 2014 State of the Profession findings were a breaking point in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in taking action on equal pay and gender balance. Amongst other defining statistics, the survey identified a mean average pay gap of over £12,000 in favour of men, as well as a lack of women operating at a senior level. These statistics are in context of an overall industry that is just under two-thirds female. As a policy commitment … Read More


Work life balance? No thanks.

18 September 2014 | 1 Comment

Next week marks the fifth ‘National Work Life Week’ in the UK. Jessica Chivers shares her opinion about that oft’ heard phrase ‘work life balance.’ Through my work I have the privilege of hearing other women’s aspirations, concerns and insights into the minutiae of what it takes to be at their best. One thing that comes up time and again is boundaries. Not the leylandii/neighbour dispute type, but the demarcations we use to ensure we spread our energy around a … Read More


Working mother guilt: flexibility and trust are the only solutions

10 June 2014 | Leave a comment

  ** First published on www.theguardian.com on Thursday 29th May 2014 ** I’m fed up with the mothers and guilt rhetoric. This week, Emma Bridgewater, the pottery designer, admitted at the Hay Literary Festival that she struggled with guilt while building up her business and raising her family. She said she felt guilty about her family when she was at work, and guilty about work when she was with her family. I’m no stranger to mothers and guilt, in fact I wrote … Read More


Flexible working and perceptions of commitment or “How can I leave on time and still be seen as committed?”

13 February 2014 | 3 Comments

“How can I leave on time and still be seen as committed?” In a room of coaches and employers at a seminar we ran at the University of Hertfordshire on maternity comeback coaching recently, this was the subject participants honed in on out of 28 themes marked up for potential discussion. You might like to download this post to share or digest later (pdf). The question comes up time and again when working in a coaching relationship with maternity returners. … Read More


Talent Fueller – Carolanne Minashi, Citi

17 January 2014 | 1 Comment

Talent Fueller interview with Carolanne Minashi, Citi. “Talent Fueller” is our name for individuals who are working to keep, support and fuel female talent whether part of their role or ‘off the side of their desk.’ Carolanne Minashi heads up diversity, employee relations and engagement for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) at Citi – a role comprising around 55 countries and approximately 35,000 people. Beyond Citi having a positive, pioneering story to tell on the maternity transition front – … Read More


Talent Fueller – Nicki Seignot, ASDA

9 January 2014 | Leave a comment

Talent Fueller interview with Nicki Seignot, ASDA. “Talent Fueller” is our name for individuals who are working to keep, support and fuel female talent whether part of their role or ‘off the side of their desk.’ Nicki Seignot is part of Asda’s HR team at the home offices in Leeds. She’s also the bright mind behind their Mum2Mum mentoring scheme which helps maternity leavers bring their ‘whole selves’ back to work. After a spot of mutual admiration (we love that … Read More


Case study in Coaching at Work magazine

4 September 2013 | Leave a comment

  Jessica Chivers gives a perspective to Coaching at Work magazine on how to help a manager make a smooth transition back into her role post maternity leave. The ‘problem’ A solution It’s fantastic that Susan has an enlightened manager. Maternity comeback coaching could provide a supportively challenging space for Susan to consider, plan and prepare for her return, as well as think about broader career aspirations and actions. Three areas to explore in coaching could be: 1. How Susan … Read More