Rachel is the Founder & CEO of A Different Me – where she is on a mission to ensure that every working mum returns to work feeling valued, supported and in control of their own experience. A Different Me provides “Return to work” coaching packages, practical planning tools and relevant insights to guide working parents. In addition, Rachel consultants to organisations looking to improve the lived experiences of their own working parents.
She remains a passionate advocate for working parents, firmly believing that accessing and enabling this vital talent pool is essential for the success of our economy. The evidence is clear – organisations with genuine gender balance perform better.
During her 20 year career in the city within Big tech & Financial services, she navigated two returns to work post-maternity leave and experienced first-hand how challenging it is to balance career aspirations with the needs of your family. Like Rachel, she saw many of her peers also struggle – either becoming burnt out, leaving or failing to fulfil their full potential. She wanted to make the experience different for the working mothers that came behind her.
Rachel sees that it is the mid-career point where women are hitting their career stride and starting families that need real thought and investment to improve and to ensure we make it possible & sustainable to be a fulfilled working mum.
Rachel was also Vice-Chair of Cisco’s Inclusion board & Cisco’s UK “Back to Business” group working to effectively integrate those returning from long term leave back into their roles.
Please contact Rachel to discuss any aspect of being a working parent.