Last year I spent a lot of time under my duvet.
With a broken foot and then a broken heart I indulged in an enforced period of respite from the world and did a ton of reading.
God bless Amazon, Apple and Kindle one-clicks.
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg flicked the brightest lightbulb on for me and gave me so many a-ha moments about choices I had made in my career. I suddenly realised how I had subconsciously played small and stepped back from opportunities because of my desire to have a family and the limiting internal belief that I couldn’t enjoy a successful career too.
Her book started a chain reaction in me and as a result has inspired me to take the conversations and experiences my clients have previously only shared to date with me, and hold an online tele conference to discuss the impacts of misunderstanding the real changes in pregnancy and the loss to our economy when business doesn’t retain its smartest women.
I am on a mission right now to help change the way we view and perceive pregnancy and motherhood particularly in the City of London.
To encourage a greater understanding of the valuable contribution, both emotionally and commercially, women can make if we are able to be more flexible in our working arrangements and truly see the untapped power and skill set of the pregnant and mother mind.
If this is something you feel interested or passionate about join me in late May and early June for Lisa Barnwell presents “Bumps in the Boardroom”, a global conversation on the Pregnancy Advantage for Business.
Thank you Sheryl Sandberg.