By EHM Editor Jade McKenzie
I had the absolute pleasure of attending and speaking at the Career Ideas for Mums Expo on Saturday 10th October at Moonee Valley Racecourse. I have watched the creator of the event, Danielle Ross Walls, who is also a dear friend and client, put everything she had into creating this beautiful event that inspires and empowers mums to find a family flexible career that they can love.
This event was such a beautiful example of an entrepreneur creating an event that is truly needed and filling a gap in the market. After 15 years in the advertising industry, having two children made Danielle realise that corporate hours weren’t child friendly enough to create a sustainable lifestyle, so she went on a mission to find something flexible, that she was passionate about and contributed to the household income. When she couldn’t find it, she realised that other mums would be having the same difficulties too.
So after tirelessly looking for family friendly work options, doing event based study, volunteering and working at different festivals and speaking to mums in a variety of different situations, she came up with the idea of an expo specifically for mothers looking for viable work options. And voila, the Career Ideas for Mums expo was born! It was created to inspire and guide other Mums facing the same situation Danielle did and it certainly did just that!
With recent studies showing that more and more mums are starting businesses rather than going back to work (and that's exactly what I did), Danielle saw the need for all these options to be under the one roof and accessible to anyone, no matter what their situation or background is. So with 13 inspiring guest speakers and over 40 exhibitors who are all promoting family friendly career ideas, the attending mums had full access to information on a whole range of different specialists including educations providers, franchises, direct sellers and party plan demonstrators, recruiters, career and life coaching and small business support services.
If you are a mum in business then I recommend you keep an eye out HERE for more Career Ideas for Mums announcements in the coming months. There are a lot of exciting things happening in the pipeline and you won't want to miss out!
All image credits belong to Jade Wisely Photography