The CareerMum team combines energy, passion and a diverse set of skills focused on broadening perspectives on the social, business and economic importance of supporting mothers in the workplace.
Our experiences span business and economic development, strategy, start-up, design thinking, public speaking, and communications and stakeholder engagement – in addition to our insights and experiences as career mums.
We are focused on creating a better career landscape for mothers by creating meaningful and accessible opportunities that directly support career mums, and by working proactively with businesses to drive solutions at a strategic level. On a broader perspective, our work is driven to influence conversations around gender equality that puts greater emphasis on the need to recognise and overcome the career barriers faced by mothers.
Anwen launched CareerMum in 2016 to introduce fresh perspectives on the topic of gender equality, that puts crucial emphasis on improving the working environment for career mums.
As a mum of two young boys, Anwen understands the constraints faced by women endeavouring to resume and grow their career after taking time out to start a family, and the impact this has, not just at a personal level, but also at a business and economic level.
Anwen worked in the New Zealand public sector for eight years – supporting international business growth and economic development, and prior to this, led the national development programme for the Welsh Hockey Union. Anwen is also an alumni of the University of Auckland where she holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.
A life-long runner, with former international captaincy honours, Anwen won a silver medal in the half marathon at the World Masters Games 2017.
Caitlin has over a decade’s experience in public relations roles across the government, education, arts and non-profit sectors. Career highlights have included helping to champion accessibility rights with the Blind Foundation, promoting extraordinary artistic endeavours at London’s Barbican Centre, advocating for the sight-restoring surgeries pioneered by the legendary Fred Hollows, and planning for the opening celebrations of Auckland’s 2.4km Waterview Tunnel. Caitlin currently leads the Communications & Marketing team in the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Creative Arts & Industries.
Before her career in communications, Caitlin completed a BA(Hons)/LLB(Hons) from the University of Auckland, specialising in English literature, media and rights-based law.
Caitlin enjoys creative collaborations, driving strategy and stakeholder engagement, and is delighted to be putting these skills to use with the CareerMum team.
A Kiwi/Canuck of mixed heritage, Caitlin lives with her husband and young daughter in West Auckland.
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Jade is a designer, dreamer and doer, with a strong passion in ‘Design for Social Change.’
Currently Jade is a part-time lecturer on Design Thinking at AUT university, does part-time consulting as an Associate of the Centre for Social Impact, and is a full time mum… of course! She is also speaker on the topic of design for social change, creativity and the future of work, and is enthusiastic about supporting initiatives that align with her values.
Previously, Jade was the chapter founder of CreativeMornings/AKL – a global monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types, and co-founded Curative – a creative agency that works on projects that help make the world a little bit better. She has also led and collaborated on a number of creative side-projects, including On The Grid, Leadership Mastery and #100mumsproject.
This latter project in particular is what inspired Jade to reach out to Anwen at CareerMum in 2017. “Rather than start another mum organisation, I really wanted to contribute my skills to an existing organisation with great potential. And better yet, CareerMum is a social enterprise!”
Jade was born in Malaysia but grew up in New Zealand. She is a proud Westie and lives in West Auckland with her husband, one year old daughter and cat.