The F-Word: Let’s talk about fertility and work
Fertility treatment is a physically, psychologically and financially demanding process. Both women and men undergoing treatment have been found to experience high levels of stress, which can be made worse by work-related fears and anxieties.
This jam packed event taking place in Central London (venue announced very soon!) will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to ensure you get the workplace support you’re entitled to, without having to compromise your job or career. Expect personal stories, shared experiences, meaningful conversations and valuable connections.
You’ll hear from fertility campaigner and Founder of DefiningMum, Becky Kearns, who recently appeared on the BBC, Anya Sizer from Fertility Network UK, leading fertility researchers Dr. Nicola Payne and Dr. Uracha Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, employment law expert Carrie-Ann Randall from Lawson-West Solicitors and Lina Chan, Founder and CEO at Adia. More speakers and special guests will be announced over the coming weeks!
We expect the event to sell out pretty quickly, so get your place booked! We’d also love you to bring along a colleague, member of your HR team or Line Manager – get in touch if you’d like a complementary ‘plus one’ ticket.
Please arrive from 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start.
Welcome and Introductions
Clare-Louise Knox, See Her Thrive
Kicking off the evening will be your host for the evening, women’s health advocate, PMDD patient and Founder of See Her Thrive, Clare-Louise.
The Personal Impact of Fertility and Work: my story
Becky Kearns, DefiningMum
We’re delighted to be joined by Becky, who will share her personal experience of dealing with fertility struggles whilst trying to maintain a career, one of the biggest challenges she has ever faced.
Experiences of Fertility in the Workplace: what do we know and where next?
Dr. Nicola Payne and Dr. Uracha Chatrakul Na Ayudhya
Nicky and Uracha will share results of recent research projects on the experiences of individuals coping with assisted conception and working life and reveal how this information is being used to improve workplace awareness and support.
The Law, the Workplace and your Fertility Journey
Carrie-Ann Randall, Employment Law Expert
“What are my rights as an employee going through fertility treatment?” is one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to fertility and work. Thank goodness we have legal expert Carrie-Ann to shed light on this important topic!
Breaking the Silence: how to talk about fertility issues at work
Anya Sizer, Fertility Network UK
The decision to tell a manager or employer about fertility issues or treatment can be particularly difficult and causes a great deal of stress for many people. We’re thrilled that Anya will provide us with a framework to approach these crucial conversations that can make such a difference.
An opportunity to have your questions answered and join the discussion.
Lina Chan, CEO of Adia
Lina Chan is CEO and Founder of Adia. Before founding Adia Lina worked at JP Morgan Partners, Credit Suisse Private Equity Group and Apriori Capital Partners.
As with many women today, Lina spent her 20s and early 30s dedicating herself to her career and travelling. By the time she reached her mid-30’s she started planning to start a family, which she thought would be an easy road to motherhood. Instead she rode a roller coaster of miscarriage, stillbirth and trouble conceiving, which turned her life upside down.
She learned first hand the struggles women go through and extensively researched physical and mental health solutions. Lina founded Adia with her husband to empower others with proactive and expert support for their fertility journey.
She now has two girls and a boy, and an accumulation of knowledge that she learned along her fertility journey. When she’s not working or taking care of the kids, you will find her exercising or drinking coffee.
Femtech Insider readers can get an exclusive 25% discount on tickets to the event using the code FEMTECHINSIDER.