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October News & Update

Hello there, it's been a while! 

Time is flying by and I can't believe we are well into October already.  When I started this blog I committed to a new post every week, possibly every fortnight but have been MIA now for well over a month so might need to revisit this. Business has really taken off over the last few months, and I'm thrilled to see so much interest in the work I am doing! I managed to squeeze in a little family holiday between coaching sessions and workshops last month and then jumped straight into what seems to be conference & event season here in Dublin.

I kicked off the month with a really lovely trip to Áras an Uachtaráin with my littlest, to promote National Breastfeeding Week, followed a few days later with speaking at Ireland's first ever DisruptHR event. I was really thrilled to take part in this event as it is the first of it's kind in Ireland and is a fun, high-energy and high-inspiration event with lots of fresh thinking and food for thought. It was all recorded so I'll post my talk on here as soon as it's available.

In between these, and along the same themes as my talk, I was also delighted to participate in the National Consultation on 'measures to tackle the gender pay gap'. You can read my submission here.

October really seems to be a big conference & event month here; across the first two weeks we've had events relating to National Breastfeeding Week, World Mental Health Day, World Positive Birth Week, International Day of the Girl, National Women's Enterprise Day...this week alone I'll be attending the Women's Inspire Network event, the Mental Health and Well-being Summit, and the Positive Birth Conference. Hopefully I will get a chance to blog on some learnings from them. 

Into the following weeks then, my next GentleBirth workshop is 21/22 October, next Career Returners Coffee Morning is 26th October, and next open Back to Work After Baby workshop is 27th October...phew!

Claire Flannery is the Founder and Owner of Strength Within coaching and consultancy, where she focuses on helping people create the headspace and mental clarity to discover, cultivate and maximise their strength within. She is a qualified Business Psychologist, Executive, Business & Personal Coach and Gentlebirth Instructor with over a decade of experience working in HR leadership in Financial Services. She is also a Mum to two small boys and has personal experience of successfully managing her career while preparing to transition out of, and back into, the workforce; and is passionate about helping people to successfully navigate the huge identity and life transition involved in starting and growing a family. As a large part of her work, she is privileged to work with women and their partners as they make their journey through pregnancy, birth and early parenting. Along with Coaching services, she runs Gentlebirth and Return-to-Work workshops in Dublin, Ireland.

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