Back to Business

Back to Business 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.

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 Group sessions with lead facilitator and team 
  • 3 1-2-1 90 minute coaching sessions following the programme with senior coaches

The programme provides peer networking, keynote speakers 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.



Cohort 3 

Thursday 5th September 2019 (10:00 - 12:30 in Pinsent Masons, Belfast)

Thursday 7th November 2019 (10:00 - 12:30 in Pinsent Masons, Belfast)

Thursday 9th January 2020 (10:00 - 12:30 in Pinsent Masons, Belfast)


Cohort 4 

Thursday 30th January 2020 (10:00 - 12:30 in Pinsent Masons, Belfast)

Thursday 26th March 2020 (10:00 - 12:30 in Pinsent Masons, Belfast)

Thursday 28th May 2020 (10:00 - 12:30 in Pinsent Masons, Belfast)


Programme Costs:

WIB member- £1,150 + VAT

Non-Member - £1,550 + VAT

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


Session 1

Content Covers

Establishing a new external network; planning your return to work; addressing the demands of being a working parent; managing time pressures; understanding your personal drivers.   

Session 2

Content Covers

Reconnecting and sharing learning; managing our mindset; setting and communicating boundaries; understanding your communication style; communicating with confidence; and increasing resilience. 

Session 3

Content Covers

Reconnecting and sharing experiences; understanding own skills and competencies; career planning and maintaining visibility. 


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.


"Being with a group of women in a similar position was very useful. We had a safe space to share experiences and support each other. It definitely helped to bridge the gap between home and work".

Anna- NIE Networks

"The programme made me realise I was not on my own and that we all experience the same things. It has given me the confidence to know I can do it". 

Anne-Marie- Barnett Hall

"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 

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 or call 08456076041.

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