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Author:Charlotte Speak

Power of the Parent 6: S5 Ep6: Single, Solo and Co-parenting Special

In this episode of the podcast we’re doing things a bit differently!Today I’m talking to a few different people about their experiences of being a part of the workplace whilst navigating the family set up of being a single, solo or co-parent. There are so many versions of parenthood that are not talked about in…
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Power of the Parent 5: S5 Ep5: Andy Nichols

Power of the Parent 5: S5 Ep5: Andy Nichols

Today I’m joined by Andy Nichols, someone who I know kind of by accident because our worlds have overlapped this year! Andy became a parent through adoption, and I’ve had the absolute privilege of hearing about his family’s experiences for a little while now, so I was thrilled when he said he’d come and chat…
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Power of the Parent 4: S5 Ep4: Sophie Cliff – The Joyful Coach

When your friends and work collide, it’s always a treat! In this episode I caught up with Sophie aka The Joyful Coach and boy did we cover some ground. In no particular order, Sophie is a positive psychology practitioner, a coach, an author, a podcaster, a mum and the queen of book recommendations. Sophie’s gorgeously…
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Power of the Parent 3: S5 Ep3: Jennifer Elworthy – Fertility and Career Coach

Jennifer is a career and fertility coach, after going through her own personal experiences of recurrent miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and fertility treatment in the workplace, she knew there was more support that needed to be offered. Her employed career saw Jennifer navigating the world of marketing, working with a few familiar brands including BBC, ITV…
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The Truth about Employee Resource Groups

Over the last five years of running Power of the Parent® I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside a number of employee resource groups (ERGs) to navigate strategy and activity when it comes to supporting parents and carers in the workplace. You might also know them as networks, affinity groups or inclusion groups – and…
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Power of the Parent 2: S5 Ep2: Lisa Shepherd – The Biskery

Lisa is all about spreading kindness in biscuit form! One of the founders of The Biskery, Lisa and her business partner Saskia have an enviable client list of brands including KPMG, Amazon, Fendi and L’oreal to name a few. You might know them from their days as Bloom Bakers (established in 2016), or perhaps their…
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Power of the Parent 1: S5 Ep1: Genelle Aldred – Broadcaster

What a guest to open up the new series!! Today I’m joined by Genelle Aldred – communication strategist consultant, broadcaster, author, deputy chair of Women In Journalism, previously a journalist for BBC/ITV/ ITN, a golfer and an ambassador for the charity SANDS. In her book, Communicate for Change (and pretty much any interaction you have…
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The Art of Managing Expectations: Why It Matters

In a world driven by narrow definitions of ambition, desires, and endless possibilities, it’s no major surprise that managing expectations is becoming a vital conversation we need to be having. It’s been a topic I’ve covered with clients in workshops and 1:1 coaching since I first set up, but I’ve noticed it’s come into sharp…
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Nobody mention the school holidays

Ok, to be clear – we should definitely be mentioning the summer holidays!  Let’s be honest, for lots of us they’re a pain point. We’re often tag teaming holiday allowances, never quite a full compliment until mid September and parents will be uttering the phrase ‘holiday club’ more than they care to admit. We’ve got…
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Returning to work after any form of parental leave?

Returning to work after any form of parental leave comes with so many emotions and routine changes. Throw in expectations and new boundaries to navigate and there’s a lot to process. We return to a back drop of unhelpful societal narratives. They would have us thinking our careers are over because we’ve expanded our families.…
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