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Back to your Future

Monday 20 November 2017

"Brilliant, a belief shifting event. I arrived feeling a lot of too - too old, too out of touch, too long a gap, too unwanted and left with all of those reversed, brimming with possibilities. Thank you."
2016 Conference Attendee

Join us at our annual London Conference for a day of inspiration, support, and networking, specifically designed for women professionals returning to work after a long career break. Alongside workshops, panels and support sessions, you will have the opportunity to meet informally with our employer sponsors and a like-minded peer group. The Conference is sponsored by Bloomberg, O2, EY, FDM Group, the Government Equalities Office and Civil Service HR, Credit Suisse, and Fidelity International, and supported by the 30% Club. The content will be relevant to you whether your background is finance, law, tech, engineering, marketing, retail, HR or any other professional area, and whether your career break is 2, 5 or 15+ years.

See here for highlights from our 2016 programme. Last year's Conference sold out well in advance. Book asap to secure your first choice of break-out option and to ensure that you don’t miss out on a ticket!


What will you get out of the day?


Be inspired by our panels of returners telling their real-life return to work stories

  • Women who returned to work via returner programmes at Credit Suisse, O2 and FDM Group (moderated by Jane Garvey from BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour)
  • Women who returned to work through other routes, including direct hire and self-employed options 

Participate in return-to-work workshops and support sessions

  • Get focused: Develop your return-to-work career direction (Women Returners). It can be hard to decide which path to take after a long career break. We will help you to create your own ‘career compass’ to target work that will work for you
  • Improve your self-marketing: Craft your story & sharpen up your CV (Women Returners + Victoria McLean, MD of City CV). Learn how to create an engaging professional introduction that integrates your career break and to build an up-to-date and credible CV
  • Stand up to Stand Out - building self-confidence through humour (Lynne Parker, CEO of Funny Women)

Get the organisational perspective on returners from our employer panel of senior leaders at Bloomberg, Fidelity International, EY and the Government Equalities Office (moderated by Claire Cohen from The Telegraph) and our keynote speaker Avril Martingale from the 30% Club

Meet informally with returner employers Bloomberg, O2, EY, FDM Group, Credit Suisse, Fidelity and the public sector represented by the Government Equalities Office and Civil Service HR

Network with a peer group of like-minded women

Gain additional support with your choice of 1 of 4 break-out options:

  1. Get help with a career issue in a one-to-one ‘laser coaching’ session from one of our Women Returners coaching team*
  2. Participate in a ‘Bridge your IT Gap’ group session with Sylvie Garvey, MD of Computer Fitness*
  3. Participate in a ‘Top Tips for LinkedIn Profiles' group session with Victoria McLean, MD of City CV*
  4. Receive a free headshot photo for your LinkedIn profile*

*Limited slots available 1-2pm & 4.30-5.30pm. Book early to secure your first choice option


Who should attend?

The event is targeted at women with a professional/managerial background who have taken an extended career break (1 year, 5 years or 15+ years) and who now want to get back into the workforce using their professional skills and experience. You may have taken time out to look after children or elderly/sick relatives, for relocation, for a personal health issue or for other reasons. You may have been working on a small-scale basis to fit around your other commitments or have not done any paid work for a number of years.

Note: This event is not targeted at employers, recruitment agencies or coaches. If you are an employer who would like to discuss sponsorship options please contact Julianne at



See draft programme here


Where and when

Date: Monday 20 November 2017
Timing: 9.00am to 5.30pm
Venue: Rooms on Regents Park, 27 Sussex Place, London, NW1 4RG


Booking your ticket

Tickets are £100, with an Early Bird rate of £85 available to 30 September 2017

Book your ticket on Eventbrite by clicking here

With any questions please email Donna on


We look forward to seeing you in November!


Thanks to our Conference Sponsors


And thanks to our Conference Supporter

30% Club