Latest research 2020
The moment in a career where work intersects with parenthood for the first time represents a significant turning point for many individuals. Our latest research with Jane Moffett of Kangaroo Coaching paints a stark picture of the impact this ‘moment’ continues to have on career choices, productivity and levels of engagement for many working parents. With evidence of good practice and practical recommendations for employers we offer our report as a manifesto for change. Endorsed by MPs Jess Phillips and Gillian Keegan, co-chairs of the Women and Work All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG). We will be taking our findings and proposals as evidence to the APPG later this year.
Thanks to all our survey respondents for their time and insights. This report would not have been possible without their input.
To access the full report please follow the link: https://bit.ly/2OYAfAG
Looking ahead to 2020, and it's clear that in order to generate real and sustained change in the workplace for women, we need to keep the conversation around dads at work alive. One of my 2019 highlights was DadConnect developed in partnership with Han-Son Lee founder of Daddilife and Nadia Nagamootoo of Avenir Consulting.
DadConnect is about dads mentoring dads on their journey to working parenthood and supporting ambitions for more equal parenting - all within the context of meaningful careers and work for all. We’ve had some brilliant discussions with a number of future facing employers about it. Looking forward to much more progress for working dads in 2020. Here’s a short VT introducing the concept and thinking behind 'Dad Connect.
June Updates - 2
In marked contrast with the very visible lead up to commencement of a maternity leave, the formal assessment and approval process for adoption can seemingly take place below the radar. Then finding the right child(ren) and getting confirmation of matching and placement can range from months to just a couple of weeks. The net result may be a relatively swift departure from the workplace to begin adoption leave. How does someone manage this transition? Who do they talk to in confidence in the build up? What are the implications for them, for their team and for the business/organisation? What does this new life look life? How is it different, better, and at times more challenging?
In her next Centenary podcast, Nicki is walking with Sarah - an adoptive mum who made the physical shift from a senior corporate role to full time parent in the space of just two weeks. She talks candidly about getting to know her daughter, establishing new routines, learning to navigate life in the community where she didn’t have ‘the birth story’ and thoughts of a return to work – or not.
June Updates - 1
“Being a parent is the most altruistic act..”
In this next Centenary Walk, I had the privilege to talk with Olga Thompson, comedian, teacher, singer and Instagram chameleon aka Big Fat Greek Mother. Having been wrong footed by the recorder (which was totally blank when we got back from the walk…) we sat down and re-ran the whole thing again in the Greek kitchen with copious amounts of food of course! In this podcast Olga offers her views on Feminism, being a supporter of women, the need to educate young people to believe and live respectfully. We also touch on the subject of motherhood and her experience of ‘coming back from the absolute hell of post natal depression’. In Olga’s words ‘becoming a parent broke me, but it also liberated me’. She has a clear mission which shines through her posts and the many characters she plays on Instagram – laughter and fun. Join us for a while.. happy listening!
Join us on our next Centenary walk, in which Nicki walks with Nadia Nagamootoo of Avenir Consulting. Together they explore the role of fathers and the need for more inclusive cultures in organisations where both mothers AND fathers are encouraged to be more active and involved in their children’s lives. Nadia shares insights from her 2018 research which revealed where men are encouraged to take a greater share in parental caring responsibilities this can have a profound effect on female career progression. In the mission for gender equality, we clearly need to talk about men!
Get ready for the second instalment of our Centenary Walks podcasts! In this episode Nicki walks her next 10k with Joeli Brearley - campaigner and founder of Pregnant Then Screwed. Together they tackle the scale and impact of maternity discrimination, the rise in NDAs to silence women and conceal poor practice, the potential for Brexit to derail hard fought Maternity rights and the future of grassroots movements. Keep an ear out for Jack’s (Jolie’s toddler) first take on all this!
100 years ago this week, women were able to cast their votes for the first time in a general election. Over the last couple of months I’ve been walking 60 kilometers - a kilometer for every year Millicent Fawcett campaigned for women to have the right to vote. I’ve had the opportunity to walk with some inspirational women who have much to say about voting, the drive for equality, the challenges of working parenthood and their hopes and aspirations for future generations. These conversations have been captured in a series of podcasts and I’m delighted to share my first podcast in conversation with Rachel Ellison MBE. A former BBC correspondent and human rights development aid director, Rachel is now an executive leadership coach specialising in emerging economies and working inter-culturally. Rachel was awarded an MBE for the promotion of human rights and the self-empowerment of women in Afghanistan.
You can listen belowor download the podcast here
Centenary Walks – 60 kilometres for 60 years
2018 marks the Centenary year of the first votes for women in the UK. In recognition of Millicent Fawcett’s 60 year campaign, I’m going to be walking 60k - one kilometer for each year - with every step a celebration of an entire life devoted to a cause. To achieve the target, I’m going to do a series of 10k walks with six inspirational women and record something of the conversations as podcasts so we can share the experience after the event.
Please will you sponsor our 60 kilometre challenge? The money raised will help support the Fawcett Society to continue its work to keep women's rights on the political agenda, and affect real change. Please follow this link to donate – no matter how small, everything counts.https://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/fundraisers/centenary-fundraising-for-future-generations
Rachel Ellison MBE
Big Fat Greek Mother!
Greater Manchester is Working Forward
Testament to the power of a movement and getting people together to make a difference, this month we got together with Helen Skelton, Joeli Brearley and the EHRC’s Working Forward group on a mission to end maternity discrimination across the Manchester region. We heard some shocking statistics, important stories and good practice approaches from a range of employers. Delighted to be on the panel of experts along with Sue Coe (EHRC), Danielle Ayres (Gorvins Solicitors) and Helen Wright (923jobs). Mayor Andy Burnham’s input and commitment set the standard for other regions to follow;
Millicent Fawcett campaigned for six decades for women to have the right to vote. Importantly she recognised the power of starting a movement - men and women coming together to make a difference. We’re featured in this month’s Fawcett Society’s magazine – super proud to be centenary fundraisers!http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-43881609/millicent-fawcett-first-woman-statue-on-parliament-square
On 12th May Nicki was invited to co-host the first Festival of Motherhood and Work - Pregnant Then Screwed LIVE at Manchester Science Park. The day was absolutely amazing and testament to Founder Joeli Brearley’s ability to take an idea and always think BIG. She offers no small ambition – to end maternity discrimination in the workplace for good. So many amazing women at this sell out event; incredible speakers, Q&A sessions, book signings, taster workshops, legal advice, 1-1 coaching, exhibitors etc. What a day!
See www.pregnantthenscrewedlive.com for more info
Click HERE for a gallery of photos from PTS Live 2018
We interviewed Rebecca Fielding MD of GradConsult for a Case Study featured in this month’s Training Journal. We're on a mission to change conversations in SMEs. Check out the article for information and evidence of what’s possible with the best mindset.
Wisdom for Working Mums
Nicky Lowe is an exec coach and working mum. They do say it takes a maternity leave to create a business and in her case this is exactly what she’s done! Nicki S was excited to be interviewed by Nicki L for one of her podcast shows – click here to listen.
Click HERE for my reflections after my whirlwind interview on the BBC Breakfast Sofa in January this year!