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Meet 5 Inspirational Working Moms At 'Next Steps'

We asked you, our community of moms, your thoughts about going back to work post-baby and childcare costs.

We received an overwhelming response with only 10% of you saying that you are happy with your situation. In response to this, we are hosting Next Steps to support mothers in the workplace in UCD on Saturday, October 10th. As well as hands-on workshops from LinkedIn, Mumager and Interviewtutor.ie, we have a super line-up of inspirational working moms who will discuss their work life balance. The panel includes writer and model, Alison Canavan; journalist and author Emily Hourican; owner of organic baby food company, Organic Little One, Niamh O’Dwyer; lawyer & CEO of Swim Ireland, Sarah Keane; and politician and working mom Lucinda Creighton

Alison Canavan

Alison Canavan is one of Ireland’s most successful international models and in recent years has become one of Ireland’s most well-known parenting, health and wellbeing spokeswomen. Alison’s writing career started with her Mothering Diary in Ireland’s VIP Magazine for over 4 years and she now writes a parenting column for The Daily Mail and a travel column for The Mail on Sunday. She regularly contributes to various TV and radio shows on parenting issues as well as beauty, health and wellbeing.

Lucinda Creighton

Lucinda Creighton is a mother, barrister, former European Minister and a member of Dáil Éireann since May 2007. She served as Vice President of the European People’s Party until September 2014 and is a TD serving the people of Dublin Bay South Constituency. The Leader of Renua Ireland, a new political party which she founded in the Spring of 2015, Lucinda represented Europe in bilateral trade discussions in the United States. She is an advocate for the self-employed and champions to create an economy for entrepreneurs across the social, private and public sectors.

Emily Hourican

Emily Hourican is a journalist and editor. She writes about parenting & motherhood for us here, on eumom and also writes regularly for the Sunday Independent and Image magazine, and contributes to Conde Nast Traveller and Woman & Home in the UK. She edits Hospitality Ireland, a magazine for the hotel and restaurant sector, and was founding editor of The Dubliner magazine. She has three children and lives in Dublin. Her first book, How To Really Be A Mother, was published in 2013. That was a non-fiction account of the many unexpected, hilarious and awful challenges that come with being a mother. Next year she will publish her first novel, The Privileged. She is a working mother, although most of her work is done in her pyjamas from home, often in between bribing her three children to stay quiet for "just five minutes more..."

Niamh O'Dwyer

Niamh O’Dwyer was inspired to start her business, Organic Little One, after her own experience weaning her two boys. In April 2014, Organic Little One launched its delicious range of chilled,  infant weaning purées in Supervalu stores nationwide. It also supplies independent, organic, specialty and fine food stores and has agreed listings with a number of domestic multiple retailers.

Sarah Keane

Sarah Keane is Chief Executive Officer of Swim Ireland. Sarah is responsible for the overall operational side of Swim Ireland and was appointed as Swim Ireland's first CEO in May 2004. Her qualifications include an Honours Degree in Law, a Masters in Commercial Law and Diplomas in both Corporate Management and Financial Management. She is a former swimmer and international Water Polo player and also enjoys taking part in open sea swimming.

Next Steps took place in UCD on October 10th, 2015.

The event was a great success and demonstrated how women in different positions manage to juggle career, family and social life. The event brought together our eumom community, as well as well-known moms, who spoke candidly about their work life balance, managing childcare, tips and life hacks that help them through their day.

At eumom, we always want to highlight the positive while acknowledging that it’s not easy for any working mom, no matter what their profession. Check our events tab & our eumom social channels to learn of future events to help you make the changes that will make a positive difference to your life work balance.

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