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About this Event
Jessica Chivers – psychologist and author of ‘Mothers Work! How to Get a Grip on Guilt and Make a Smooth Return to Work’ – plus special guest, Annie Abelman, will answer your questions on how to make an impact when you return to work.
When Annie returned from maternity leave to her job of Head of Communications for Lloyds Bank Foundation England & Wales she was tasked with two mammoth projects…which she delivered! Whilst battling the self-doubt and imposter syndrome that every new parents feels after almost a year out of work, Annie was asked to launch a new organisational strategy while also leading a major brand refresh, with just seven months lead in time for to complete and unveil both. She had to double the size of her team, leading everything from the recruitment process, onboarding new staff and gearing everyone towards our two big deadlines.
She left in 2019 to complete a Masters, write her first novel and found Mentor Mums – a mentoring service that matches mums returning to work with another mum in their professional field who is a few steps ahead.
Annie also runs her own Freelance Communications Consultancy which supports clients doing good things for the world – most recently working with the family support charity Home-Start UK on their corporate partnership with John Lewis PLC.
How do I ask a question?
Two easy ways. You can send it in advance on the registration form or ask via the chat box on the night.
Why are you hosting Comeback Conversations?
We are on a mission to keep everyone everywhere feeling confident, connected and cared for when they take extended leave from work. That’s why we’re making Comeback Conversations freely available live every month.
Can I listen again later?
Recordings of Comeback Conversations are available to the people whose employers subscribe to the full Comeback Community™ experience.
How do I get access?
We’d love your employer to bring the full Comeback Community™ experience to every colleague who’s taking maternity, shared parental leave, adoption leave, sabbatical or sick leave where you work. Introduce us to your HR team and you could receive a beautiful box of goodies (because we love sending postal joy to people who think of others).
Can I come in my PJs?
Yes! Come as you are in all your natural glory. In your PJs, in your sweaty gym gear, whatever you like. Listen whilst you’re cooking supper; watch whilst you’re feeding your baby; take us to the toilet or whilst you’re quaffing a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc. We don’t care what you’re wearing, where you are or what you’re drinking (please drink responsibly, there’s no worse a crime than spilling hot chocolate on somebody else’s laptop). We just want you with us!
Do I have to say anything or can I just watch?
You can be completely anonymous just like you’re watching TV at home. Just leave your camera off and and you don’t even need to use your real name when you sign in if you prefer. We’ll have everyone on mute so you don’t have to worry about embarrassing sounds in the background.