Book release: Career Interrupted

14 September

‘Oh, you’re pregnant. Well, I guess you’re off the fast-track now!’

How do women defy the odds and get their careers back on track after a break?  How do women manage the mummy mafia at the school gate? Is there a motherhood penalty? Can women really have it all — a successful career and a rewarding family life? Does overseas experience really accelerate your career in Australia? How do you recreate your career after a setback?

Book: Career Interrupted

From the author that brought you Sideways To The Top – 10 Stories of Successful Women That Will Change Your Thinking About Careers Forever comes Career Interrupted: How 14 Successful Women Navigate Career Breaks profiling fourteen high-achieving women talk openly about their challenges in carving out a successful career after a break.

These women come from all walks of life — from battlers to privileged backgrounds, from large corporate companies to small business, from professional services to the community sector. Several women had children and talk candidly about what it’s like to be in the throes of mother guilt and come out the other side; some are expatriates who returned to Australia to rebuild their career, yet others had to re-establish their career after a misstep.  These stories are interwoven with the latest research from thought leaders around the obstacles and pitfalls in leaving the workforce for a time, and include practical and proven strategies to overcome these hurdles.  

Career Interrupted contributes to the discussion and debate in business and the broader community about how to develop workplaces where the contribution of everyone, including women, is recognised, nurtured and optimised. It explores the shared experiences of women who have had to navigate a break in their career and provides a beacon for other women about to embark on a similar journey.

Some of the women profiled include:

  • Moira Rayner - Principal, Moira Rayner & Associates, ·       
  • Her Excellency Frances Adamson - Australian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, 
  • Dr Helen Szoke - Chief Executive, Oxfam Australia,
  • Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea - Scientist, Bruce Lefroy Centre, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute,
  • Anna Burke - Federal Member of Parliament for Chisholm,
  • Kelly O’Dwyer - Federal Member of Parliament for Higgins and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer,
  • Lucinda Nolan - Deputy Police Commissioner, Victoria Police,
  • Lisa Croxford - Capability Development Manager, Herbert Smith Freehills,
  • Jodie Sizer - Co-owner Principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Indigenous Consulting Pty Ltd,
  • Jennifer Keyte - Seven News Melbourne Weekend News Presenter,
  • Tracey Spicer - Journalist and newsreader,
  • Lucinda Dunn, OAM - Artistic Director, Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy, 
  • Lucy Roland - Marketing specialist and Communications Coach,
  • Dr Sharon Lierse - Lecturer in Education, Charles Darwin University
  • With insights and research analysis provided by:
  • Dr Hannah Piterman - Consultant, advisor and author, co-founder of Gender Worx,
  • Dr Jennifer Whelan - Director, Psynapse Psychometrics and Research Fellow, Melbourne Business School,
  • Samone McCurdy - PhD candidate and Program Consultant, Monash University.

Pre-order your copy or multiple copies for your networks and educational purposes here - www.melbournebooks.com.au 

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