Career Returners

Returning To Your Career?

I’m ready!

Transition back to work with a company championing your needs.

Join us (virtually) in October at the 3rd edition of Women in Business Expo.

Unpaid domestic and care work falls disproportionately on women, restraining their economic potential as the COVID-19 pandemic additionally affects women’s jobs and livelihoods, the report warns. (United Nations, Oct 2020)

Top global companies and businesses know this and are taking action; offering returner programmes for women/women-identifying individuals who want a smooth transition back to work. Make the change easier with direct connections to companies actively recruiting business women who have noteworthy experience in the field and are motivated to return back to work, offering flexi hours and/or roles, and permanent work from home.

Why attend?

Find a returner programme

Speak to employers who are actively recruiting returners and offering returner programmes to enable a smooth transition back to the workplace.

Make strategic connections

Meet 1-on-1 with companies thriving through the pandemic, gaining up to date industry knowledge. Refresh and upskill with the right conversations, to understand what’s changed.

Be inspired 

Hear from female career professionals who’ve successfully returned back to work and continue to excel in their career, with a healthy work and personal life blend.

Move forward in your career

Mindset or the patriarchy? Potentially a mix of both. Break through your limiting beliefs and bridge the confidence gap with the tools to achieve your personal and professional goals with others striving for the same.

60+

world-class speakers

5,000+

attendees

1-to-1

meetings

60+

leading companies

10+

roundtables & networking

About the event

The #1 business event for women, looking for recruitment, guidance, and upskilling to return to work

Women in Business Expo is focused on advancing female leadership and centering conversations on propelling diversity in the field. We partner and collaborate with companies, organisations, and leading professionals to create opportunities for diverse management teams and boardrooms.

A brilliant 2 days, so well organised and great line up. I thought I would miss seeing people in person, but I met lots of new people and was able to network. A great mix of speakers, exhibitors and attendees.

Mo

I am amazed with everything I learned these last 2 days. It opened my mind to other opportunities, and I received tonnes of helpful advice about what I need to do to go forward in my career. Thank you so much.

Lucia

Very impressed with how this was done digitally – never seen a virtual conference like this!

Sarah

I wanted to attend Women in Business Expo as an opportunity to network with large employers. It worked tremendously well, and I now have a number of very large companies actively considering vacant roles for me.

Hannah

Last year’s must-attend career returner sessions

An updated seminar programme will be shared closer to the event date.

5 steps to create the career you want

Suzy Walker, Editor-in-Chief at Psychologies Magazine

How I conquered the Imposter Syndrome

Shafali Shown-Keen, Franchisee of McDonalds

Taking the Entrepreneurial Leap - how an MBA can transform your career path

Fiona Sweny, Founder of Ingo Health

How to own your self-limiting beliefs… so that they don't own you!

Sarah King, co-Founder of we are radikl

Join us as a Returner in October!

General Ticket

£15
£20
  • Access to the two-day virtual live event
  • Arrange 1-on-1 meetings with leading employers with the option of returner programmes
  • Network with like-minded returners to form a support network sharing experiences and challenges
  • Attend seminars from iconic business leaders, learning from their best advice
  • Join live Q&As with industry experts sharing practical advice about career development 
  • Take part in roundtable discussions with top companies - put yourself in front of the right people, specifically hiring returners!
  • On-demand access to all speaker content for 30 days 
  • Access to Women in Business & Tech Clubs (exclusive virtual meetups throughout the year)
Buy ticket!

VIP ticket

£50
£60
  • Access to the two-day virtual live event
  • Arrange 1-on-1 meetings with leading employers with the option of returner programmes
  • Network with like-minded returners to form a support network sharing experiences and challenges
  • Attend seminars from iconic business leaders, learning from their best advice
  • Join live Q&As with industry experts sharing practical advice about career development
  • Take part in roundtable discussions with top companies - put yourself in front of the right people, specifically hiring returners!
  • On-demand access to all speaker content for 30 days
  • Access to Women in Business & Tech Clubs (exclusive virtual meetups throughout the year)
  • PLUS 30-minute personal coaching session with accredited career or business coach
Buy ticket!

Returner roundtable discussions

To be considered for a roundtable you must purchase your ticket and express your interest on the registration form. For any queries, please email fiona@hubexhibitions.co.uk

Relaunching your Career in a Pandemic


Details: Wednesday 13th October, 2:30-3:30pm

Objective: To share experiences of returning to work after a career break, during a pandemic.

Synopsis: Returning to work after a career break may never have been more daunting. As the pandemic continues, join recent returners and Capgemini’s Relaunch programme managers as they share their stories, insights and tips for getting back into work in our “new normal.” Returners Jenni Campbell and Vijyeta Gaur, who joined Capgemini in 2021, will share their experiences on the recruitment process, onboarding, and support to thrive in their new roles.

Moderator/ Speakers: 

Clare Mills and Laura Neville, Programme Managers - Relaunch@Capgemini Programme

Jenni Campbell, PMO Analyst

Vijyeta Gaur, PMO Analyst

Entry criteria: Anyone who has had a career break. Previous business or technology experience if required e.g. Business Analyst, project management, PMO roles.

Managing the Juggle: balancing your career and life in the new era of work

Details: Wednesday 13th October, 11-12pm

Objective: To share their insights and reflect on the skills they have developed and share their best tips and tricks.

Synopsis: Led by Grazia’s Rebecca Holman, Magic Radio’s Kaylee Golding and Bauer’s Simone Thomas, this roundtable will discuss the cognitive overload women may face trying to juggle work and personal life, returning to work after maternity leave or starting a new job in the industry – and what Bauer and other companies have done to make this as easy as possible. The discussion will focus particularly on the past year and the impact Covid/working from home/hybrid working has had on females and working parents, now and in the future.

Entry criteria: Anyone from any industry.

READY TO BREAK THE HABIT OF SELF-DOUBT?

Details: Wednesday 13th October, 1:30-2:30pm

Objectives: Discuss issues highlighted by the Rose Review regarding the barriers that female entrepreneurs face in the UK. Showcase McDonald’s as a franchisor and how we can support women to achieve their career and business aspirations. Remove the barriers and dispel some of the myths that exist for women who want to start their own business.

Synopsis: Take the leap and dive in! How could you leverage the might of an iconic brand to achieve your goals and dreams? This virtual roundtable will be an open discussion between McDonald’s Franchisees and some of its senior stakeholders.

You’ll learn about what it’s like to be a McDonald’s Franchisee from the individuals that know it best and how franchising can tackle some of the barriers that female entrepreneurs face, such as access to funding, work/life balance and flexibility around family , support and role models and the perception of lack of skills and confidence.

Moderator/ Speakers: Stephanie Gayet, Head of Franchising at McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

Entry criteria: Women who are inspirational leaders seeking to elevate their career and explore a new trajectory, Business starters and owners, Returners who may be looking for greater flexibility e.g Managing Director, Director, Co-Founder, Founder, Board Member, Sales Director/Manager, Partner, Owner, CEO. Industries may include finance, HR, engineering, IT, marketing, consultancy, real estate, construction, retail and SME owners.

No minimum qualifications are required although those preferred are;

  • Degree level education
  • Owner of a business or has experience with retail or multi-site retail
  • Has managed a team of 20+ people
  • Strong financial position (i.e. salary of £60k+, net worth of £250k+)
  • Involvement in their community

Join us as a Career Returner in October!