Conference Addresses the Needs of Moms (and Dads) Returning to Work

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Detours&OnRamps is a one-day event that covers all the issues facing working moms (and dads)-- a great event to attend if you are planning to go back to work in 6 days, 6 months, or even a year. In these uncertain economic times, many families are seeking career options for both parents--but still looking for flexibility, for family-friendly companies, for resources, or for help building their own business. Detours&OnRamps is for anyone who wants to make work, work for them--not a job fair, but a day of hands-on sessions and practical advice that will get anyone ready to land that job. Boston-Area Detours & OnRamps Conference Announced. Options and resources for moms (and dads) considering a return to work.

As unemployment numbers rise and more families look for ways to stabilize family budgets, many mothers are considering a return to work perhaps earlier than they'd originally planned. A conference ( planned for the Boston, MA area gives practical ideas and resources for helping them restart a career--or just make work, work for their family. Held March 25 at the Conference Center at Bentley University, in Waltham, MA, the event promises networking advice, ideas from hiring companies (yes, there are some still out there!) and even thoughts for those entrepreneurs out there.

The Detours&OnRamps Forum is designed to address the needs and issues of mothers (and fathers) evaluating the options to work full-time, part-time, or from home. Through networking with fellow working mothers, discussions with the companies leading the way in solutions for working mothers, expert panels, and dynamic sessions on some of the most common dilemmas faced by working mothers, the Detours &OnRamps Forum provides an opportunity for women to meet and examine their choices. The conference is designed as a practical resource for working mothers, working women considering motherhood, and mothers taking some time off from a career but planning to re-join the workforce in some form. And of course, dads are welcome too.

Past events have been well-attended and this one will likely be especially popular as families look for different types of options. In addition, many of those who have been victim to recent layoffs are planning to attend--using the layoff (and oftentimes a severance package, even a minimal one) as the impetus to follow a dream and start a new career. Forum co-founder (and working mother) Meghan McCartan, herself a victim of a corporate layoff, says, "Sometimes there's a silver lining in being laid off; I spent time with my children, of course, and thought long and hard about what I really wanted to do. What was important enough to me to work on and leave my children for, even for only a couple days a week? I think that for many of us, there are a lot of options and ideas out there--and this is a great place to build and develop a network and learn from others."

Speakers at the event include company representatives, recruiters, entrepreneurs, and coaches. sessions will cover networking, ideas for starting a business, ways to handle flexibility in the workplace, ideas for jumping back into a career, and a closing panel featuring speakers from the fields of law, science, architecture, and finance. For more information about the conference, including a detailed agenda, registration information, and sponsor links, visit


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