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Establishing goals and listening to your gut are important when deciding to go back to work, says Laurel Grey, senior digital analyst at RSM Australia

Age: 36 Number of kids: 1 Age of kids: 8 months What’s important to you in a role? I came to RSM after having my own business doing cloud technology advisory because I always felt it was going to be an emerging profession. At the time when I set up my business, people had not heard of apps that much and they weren’t as commonplace in business 10 years ago as they are now. …

 

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A second-generation working mum: How connecting people and creating value positioned Autodesk’s Deb Manning for a global role

Deborah Manning is the senior manager for global programs and promotions at Autodesk. Deb’s marketing experience spans more than two decades, during which time she’s also raised two children.  

 

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Raising a son with special needs takes grit, according to law firm partner Karyn Reardon

Karyn Reardon is a partner at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers in Brisbane. She has been named in Best Lawyers™ Australia as one of Australia’s best lawyers in the field of construction/infrastructure law. Karyn’s eldest son, Flyn, is physically and intellectually impaired. We spoke to Karyn about the unique challenges of raising a special needs child.

 

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Maternity leave is an opportunity to reflect on your life, and career paths, says Karen-Maree Griffiths, Head of field sales and trade marketing, Allen & Unwin.

Name: Karen-Maree Griffiths Your age: 50 Position: Head of field sales and trade marketing, Allen & Unwin Number of kids: 2 Age of kids: 12 and 8

 

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Success comes from being yourself and being fully present in life, according to Sunshine Coast Karate co-founder and owner, Sandra Phillips

Sandra Phillips, co-founder and co-owner, Sunshine Coast Karate. Sandra Phillips co-founded and co-owns Sunshine Coast Karate with her husband, Martin Phillips. Sunshine Coast Karate is a traditional karate school for children and adults based in Maroochydore on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

 

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Kathryn Volter, cardiac scientist and territory manager at Boston Scientific, discusses women in science and the benefits of organisations giving their employees autonomy

Kathryn Volter, territory manager, Boston Scientific Age: 40 Number of kids: 2 Age of kids: 5 and 7 This week the world recognised International Day for Women and Girls in Science. We met with Kathryn to discuss what it’s like to be a mother and professional in this field.

 

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Kerry Capsanis, head of brand and marketing services at the University of Sydney, talks about the importance of openly asking for work flexibility and spending more time with the kids

Kerry Capsanis, head of brand and marketing services, University of Sydney Number of kids: 1 Age of kids: 4.5

 

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Strong leadership, openness, and passion are crucial for career fulfilment, according to Griffith International director Heidi Piper

Heidi Piper, international director, Griffith University Age: 51 Number of kids: 2 Age of kids: Isabella, 18 and Andrew, 15

 

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Samantha Betzien reflects on the value of saying yes even if it doesn’t seem like the right time

Samantha Betzien is a partner at top-tier law firm, Minter Ellison, where she has worked for more than 21 years. Her focus is on employment and industrial relations, and she’s a nationally-recognised expert in work health and safety.

 

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Annabel Crookes, legal director of Laing O’Rourke, talks about the challenges of taking maternity leave and how to plan for your return

Annabel Crookes, legal director, Laing O’Rourke Number of kids: 2 Age of kids: 6 and 3

 

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Athena Rogers, advancement manager at the University of Technology Sydney reflects on the challenges ahead with raising teenagers

Athena Rogers, advancement manager, University of Technology Sydney Age: 44. Number of kids: 2. Age of kids: 14 and 11

 

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Renaye Peters shares her tips for joining boards and turning career disappointments into opportunities

Renaye Peters has more than 25 years of construction, infrastructure, property, and mining industry experience. She is currently vice president of campus infrastructure and services at Monash University, and serves as a director of the board of Queensland Rail.