We attended the Mom Fair last night, and my friends, it was great.
The main event was a work-from-home job marketplace, and the women who were there to talk about their companies were smart, engaging, and clearly enthusiastic about what they do. I learned about companies and products I’d never heard of before; it was surprisingly fun.
The best part of the evening, though, was a panel discussion. The panelists included a career coach, a mom who had completely switched careers, a woman who re-entered the workforce after an extended time off, and a small business owner (who actually owns two small businesses – she’s my new hero). It was moderated by a woman who’s now a TV host and blogger.
The entire thing was excellent. The panelists were really open and honest about how challenging it can be returning to work after taking time off, but they managed to temper their candor with encouragement and a LOT of smart tips and advice. And I’m talking specific, practical advice, like strategies for updating your LinkedIn profile to get traction with recruiters.
The panelists stayed around long after the panel ended to answer questions from the attendees; it was such a cool discussion. The whole thing felt supportive and actually useful – like you were walking away with information you could put into action immediately.
The two women who run MomAngeles and the Mom Fair are spectacular; this is not just a job for them. They believe in the importance of providing resources to moms looking to get back to work; it is clearly a core value for them both. They made sure that every single attendee left with a list of resources for job hunting; their list included everything from websites with advice on how to update your resume, to job boards where flexible jobs are posted, like Maybrooks and MomCorps.
They’re throwing another event in Santa Monica next month, and you’d better believe we’re going to be there. As the Mom Fair founders would say, #SupportWorkingMoms.
Oh, and CluckCluck is free to download for the week in honor of the Mom Fair! Go grab it now (and have your little one’s caregiver grab it too)!