Women Returners Back to Your Future Conference 2020

Women Returners Online UK & Ireland Conference

Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 October 2020


After attending this event, I have gone from hopeless to dynamic, with a clear mission of returning to work.” 2019 attendee

Book your ticket by clicking here, limited Early Bird Tickets are available at £50.

Are you a professional woman interested in returning to work after a long  career break? Join Women Returners, the return to work specialists, for our fourth annual Conference, now online and covering the UK and Ireland. Using the latest virtual Conference technology we’re able to offer you a truly interactive experience. Benefit from a range of return-to-work workshop and panel sessions from the comfort and safety of your own home, while participating in video-based peer and employer networking and personalised support.

  • Enjoy a motivational event packed with return-to-work panels and expert workshops, providing advice, support and inspiration
  • Be inspired by our returner panel chaired by Jane Garvey, Co-Presenter of BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and the Fortunately podcast, and by our keynote speaker – tech and returner employer pioneer Dame Stephanie Shirley
  • Learn more about returner opportunities with our conference Employer Sponsors and schedule video meetings through their virtual sponsor booths. Understand more about what returner employers are looking for from our Employer panel, chaired by Isabel Berwick, Editor, Work & Careers, Financial Times.
  • Connect virtually with like-minded women in the Women Returners community through one-on-one video chats and group video networking rooms organised by geography and sector.

Thanks to our Employer Sponsors

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The content of the conference will be relevant to you whether your background is in finance, law, tech, engineering, marketing, HR or any other professional area; whether your career break has been 2, 5 or 10+ years; and whether you are at the first stage of your return-to-work journey or actively applying for roles. 

Our previous Conferences have all sold out in advance, so don’t delay booking your ticket if you’d like to secure your choice of personalised support session.

Note for Employers: This event is not targeted at employers, recruitment agencies or coaches; please do not book a ticket unless you are a woman returner. If you are an employer interested in sponsoring the Conference and/or returner programmes, contact Julianne  on info@womenreturners.com


“Brilliant, brilliant conference” 2018 attendee


Watch our 2019 Conference highlights video 


What will you get from the Conference?


“Absolutely inspiring event, with the blend of positive and practical. Great job on putting together such a wonderfully useful day” 2019 attendee

“After 18 years at home I no longer feel so lost at sea. I’ve a lot of work to do but I feel buoyed up now on this journey.” 2019 attendee


Expert Return to Work Support Sessions 

  • Find your Career Compass
    • Become more focused in your ‘What Next?’ career choices
    • Get a road map to clarify your aims, develop decision criteria and move to action
  • Boost your Professional Confidence
    • Get a renewed sense of ‘what is great about me?’
    • Increase your self-belief with practical tips and techniques

Job Search Skill Development Sessions

  • Improve your Self Marketing 
    • Craft your career story
  • Sharpen up your CV and enhance your LinkedIn Profile (with Victoria McLean, CEO of City CV)
    • Sharpen up your CV
    • Enhance your LinkedIn profile to attract employers

Inspiration and advice from Returners, Employers and Speakers

  • Learn from the experiences of our inspirational panel of women who have successfully returned to work in diverse fields, chaired by Jane Garvey, Co-Presenter of BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and the award-winning podcast Fortunately
  • Find out from our panel of leading employers the reasons why employers run returner programmes and what you can do as a candidate to stand out, chaired by Isabel BerwickEditor, Work & Careers, Financial Times
  • Be inspired by our amazing keynote speaker, tech and returner employer pioneer Dame Stephanie Shirley

Opportunities to connect with leading Returner Employers 

  • Learn about returner opportunities from our returner employer sponsors, including Accenture, Amazon Web Services, Bank of England, Bloomberg, Credit Suisse, FDM Group, J.P. Morgan, O2 and St. James’s Place Academy within their virtual sponsor booths, including live content during two Employer Power Hours
  • Schedule 121 video meetings with sponsor employers during the event (subject to availability).

Opportunities to connect with your peers

  • Meet and talk virtually 121 with other like-minded women returners in randomly-allocated peer networking sessions
  • Meet and talk virtually with women returners with similar locations and/or backgrounds in open discussion groups organised by sector and geography

Personalised or small group support (subject to availability; one pre-booked choice only; taking place on the afternoon of 12 October)

  • 1:1 ‘Laser’ Video Coaching Session (15 minutes) with one of Women Returners’ expert coaching team
  • Bridge your IT Gap (15 minutes) small-group video workshop with Computer Fitness
  • Interview Skills (25 minutes) small-group video workshop with City CV

“After 8 years at home this event felt like a very supportive network and has more than fulfilled my expectations.” 2019 attendee


Who is the Conference aimed at?

The event is targeted at women with a professional/managerial background who have taken a long career break (over a year) and who want to return to work using their professional skills and experience.

  • Your career break could be for 18 months or 18 years, for childcare, eldercare, health, relocation or other reasons
  • You may have not done any paid work for a number of years, or have been running your own business or doing lower-level work around other commitments.
  • You could be any age
  • Your background may be in finance, law, tech, engineering, marketing, retail, HR or any other professional area
  • You could be at the first exploratory stage of your return-to-work journey; you may have been trying to get back for a while and are feeling stuck; or you might be actively engaging in interviews
  • Our focus for the Conference is the UK or Ireland, but can join us from anywhere in the world.

“After the Conference, my ‘To Do’ list got longer, but hope is restored and my motivation levels are high!” 2019 attendee

 Note: This event is not targeted at employers, recruitment agencies or coaches; please do not book a ticket unless you are a woman returner. If you are an employer interested in sponsoring the Conference and/or returner programmes, contact Julianne on info@womenreturners.com


Where, When and How?


When? Monday 12 October (9:00 – 16:30) and Tuesday 13 October 2020 (9:00 – 16:30)

Where? Online, from the comfort of your own home. 

How? The content will be a mixture of live speaker sessions, panels and workshops and interactive e-meetings for the employer networking and personalised support components. Selected speaker/workshop sessions will be available on recording for 30 days after the event. Conference materials will be provided in advance, including speaker biographies and employer profiles.


How do you book?

You can book your ticket by clicking here, limited Early Bird Tickets are available at £50.

We suggest a smart casual dress code if you plan to talk to possible employers on video

If you have any questions, email Sarah on info@womenreturners.com


“Women Returners has offered me a lifeline as I embark on my return to work. I feel energised and hopeful that a job is waiting for me” 2019 attendee