In June 2014 I hosted an online conference to highlight the impact our misunderstanding around pregnancy and the transition to motherhood is having on the pipeline of female talent and rise of women to board level to create a more gender balanced workplace.
The event was born from a frustration of hearing the same stories over and over from female executives working in the City. Where some companies seemed to build a strong level of commitment and loyalty with their pregnant execs, others were failing miserably.
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Buckingham OBE and Senior Advisor on Diversity for the Institute of Directors.
We discussed my insights and knowledge regarding the issues around pregnancy in the workplace, return-ships and the overall impact the pregnancy journey and new motherhood has on the pipeline of female talent, some of which Lisa included in her Autumn article in the IoD Big Picture.