Back to Business

If going back to work after having a baby seemed difficult before, it’s hard to imagine having to find your footing back in your professional job during a global pandemic. 

Back to Business is here to help! This is a support programme for female employees returning from Maternity Leave.  It is a dynamic re-boarding programme that enables women to return to their roles informed, energized, ready to influence and impact. Following this programme you will have renewed confidence as well as a suite of practical tools to ensure you have a successful return to work. 

Returners programmes have noted the following key benefits:

  • Increased retention rates of high calibre women 
  • Increase in performance of employees pre and post maternity 
  • Increased career progression in years 1-5 after returning to work
The programme includes:
  • 3 virtual group sessions with Una McSorley of Marcomm Training
  • 2 1-2-1 90 minute coaching sessions during the programme with senior coaches

The programme provides peer networking with others and 1-to-1 coaching, to support women prior to, during and after their return to work. All coaches are fully qualified, experienced and Women in Business approved.


APRIL 2022:

Session 1: Monday 4th April- 10.00am- 12.30pm 

Session 2: Thursday 5th May- 10.00am- 12.30pm 

Session 3: Thursday 9th June 10.00am - 12.30pm 


Programme Costs:

WIB member- £1,000 + VAT

Non-Member - £1,400 + VAT

Contact for information and book a place on the next Cohort. 


Session 1- Preparation 

Content covers:  establishing a new external network; planning your return to work; addressing the demands of being a working parent; managing work-life balance when potentially working from home; understanding your personal drivers. 

Session 2- Re-connecting 

Contents covers: reconnecting and sharing learning; managing our mindset; setting and communicating boundaries; understanding your communication style; communicating with confidence; increasing resilience and understanding the ‘new normal’

Session 3- Surviving and Thriving 

Content covers:  reconnecting and sharing experiences; understanding own skills and competencies; career planning and developing your personal brand executive presence.


one-to-one maternity coaching will run between the masterclasses and are designed to help you to develop your confidence and resilience to navigate the practical and professional challenges that come with starting and raising a family and having a rewarding and thriving career.


"Excellent programme! This programme really helped me manage my expectations for returning to work. It has also given me determination and drive to consider my future career." Lisa Rodham-Boyd Belfast City Council

"The Back to Business Course was excellent for me as I was reintegrating back into work after having had a baby. It enabled me to focus on my career and my hopes and dreams." Leanna Milligan, Baker McKenzie

"The course has been great - definitely one of the most invaluable experiences I've had as i transition back into the workplace after maternity leave". ​ Donna- Baker McKenzie 

"I really enjoyed the programme and in particular I found the session on understanding the different types of behavioural styles really relevant, as it gave me an insight into how to deal with others. The programme also helped me to develop my confidence". Gemma- NIE Networks

Returning to work after 9 months of Maternity Leave was quite a daunting thought for me but the Back to Business Programme helped me gain the confidence to return in a way that I could feel in control of and actually get excited about. The group sessions paired with the one-to-one coaching provided the perfect blend of shared and personal forums in which to discuss my own and learn from other's hopes, fears and goals for a balanced work and family life. Sarah- White Ink Architects 

The Back to Business program provided me with the skills and confidence when returning to work after maternity. The mixture of group sessions and 1-to-1 coaching sessions led by brilliant and skilled facilitators gave me real insight into how to face and deal with my perceived obstacles in returning to work. I highly recommend this course for women on maternity or who have recently returned to work from maternity, to develop your confidence and practical skills. Michelle- Baker McKenzie

I found the ‘Back to Business’ very beneficial in providing the head-space I needed to prepare for returning to work after maternity leave. I have colleagues who had attended previous sessions and it came highly recommended to me and so I knew what to expect, but I must say it exceeded my expectations! Una was a great facilitator and provided just the right environment for sharing stories and working through our concerns. The course was nicely complemented by Gerry’s Coaching sessions, which were tailor made to each individual. Gerry went above and beyond to facilitate a ‘Career Coaching’ session for me at short notice to help me prepare for an upcoming interview. The framework and practical help he gave me was invaluable, I went in to the interview highly prepared and confident in my ability – even after being off for 10 months. I would highly recommend this programme! Judy- NIE Networks


Back to Business Brochure

Programme Terms and Conditions

To get more details or register your interest on the next programme please contact