About the Conference

Are you a professional woman wanting to kick-start or accelerate your return to work after a long career break? Our inspiring Back to Your Future Annual Conference is designed to connect you into our supportive returner community. Gain the advice, tools and connections you need to get you back to a rewarding role!

Join us in our fantastic interactive online venue on 1-2 May 2024 and have the option to meet for a follow-on in-person* networking event in central London on 9 May (updated due to announcement of train strikes affecting London on 7 May).

The virtual format makes the Conference accessible from wherever you are located, ends at 15:00* if you have a school run, and is very flexible if you can’t make the full days. Speaker, panel and main stage workshop sessions will be available on recording for ticket holders for 30 days after the event.

*Places for the London event are limited, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so book early to secure your space!

“I now feel inspired and encouraged to start on my return to work journey!” 2023 Attendee

“It has been really brilliant. I have been looking so hard for this kind of support.” 2023 Attendee

* UK time

What will you gain?

Get advice and information from a wide range of Return-to-Work Expert Workshops: Find your Career Compass, Boost your Professional Confidence, Refine your Professional Intro, Take the Fear out of Networking, Sharpen your return-to-work CV and Enhance your LinkedIn Profile 

Connect with other like-minded women returners through 1:1 video conversations and in sector-based small group video chat rooms

Be encouraged by the stories of a Returner Panel of women who have successfully returned to work in a variety of different fields, hosted by Jane Garvey, broadcaster and journalist

Hear from the Minister for Women on why the Government supports returners

Learn more about return to work opportunities and organisations via Employers Live sessions in their Booths with 6 leading Returner Employers EDF, FDM Group, J.P. Morgan,  Moody’s, St. James’s Place and Workday

Meet in small-group video chat rooms for informal conversations and Q&A with these employers

Understand more about what returner employers are looking for from an Employer Panel 

Ask your questions live to our Career Returners coaches 

See the Conference Agenda here

Read about our Speakers and Workshop facilitators here

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If you bought a ticket and have any questions please see Conference FAQs here

When, Where and Who?

When? Wednesday 1 May (9:00-15:00*) and Thursday 2 May (9:00-15:00*) with in-person event in London on 9 May (10:00-12:00*)

Where? For the main conference, online from the comfort of your own home. For the follow-on event, at a venue in Central London.

Who? The Conference is relevant for women returners whether your background is in finance, tech, engineering, law, marketing, HR, medicine or any other professional area; whether your career break has been 2, 5, 15 or 20+ years; whether you are at the first stage of your return-to-work journey or actively applying for roles. You can join us from wherever you are in the world! Note: The Conference is women-only, as we have always found it to be a powerful forum for women to support other women.

NOTE: IPhone customers please book via the Eventbrite website rather than the app, or use a laptop/PC

* UK time 

The Venue 

Enter Hopin, our virtual Conference Venue, and you’ll have a truly interactive experience. You can watch content on the Main Stage and ask questions to panellists and workshop leaders; interact and talk informally in small groups with employers; and video chat to other returners individually.

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

 

Many thanks to our Sponsor Partners – Meet them at the Conference!

“The Women Returners conference is by far the best one that I have attended. Focusing on each and every topic separately and discussing in detail with other returners really helped to motivate us and gain confidence!”  2023 Attendee

Who is the Conference aimed 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
  • You are welcome to join us from anywhere in the world

IMPORTANT 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 info@womenreturners.com

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Free Bursary Tickets

As our social mission is at the heart of everything we do, we have set aside a number of Conference Bursary Tickets.

If you are a UK or Ireland-based woman returner with a professional/managerial background who would love to join us for our conference, but who is financially constrained from doing so, send us an email with the subject “Bursary Ticket Application” to info@womenreturners.com with your name and contact details by 9am Friday 26 April, including a few lines on:

  • your professional background
  • the length of your career break
  • confirmation that you have the right to work in UK or Ireland
  • why you qualify for a bursary (please don’t just say that you’re not working!)

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