Who we are
Work Happy Mums is the go-to resource for ambitious women returners and career advancers.
The organisation was founded in 2013 by Melanie Fieseler, a business woman, expert on women in business, and mother of two in response to her first-hand experience of the unique and difficult challenges many women face making the transition back to work post-baby, and successfully combining work and family to enable them to achieve their professional and personal goals once they get there.
Our guiding beliefs
What we do
Our mission is to build a better future for working mothers and the companies and businesses they work for.
We do this by:
1. providing the support women need to enable them to fulfil their potential and advance in both their professional and personal lives according to their own definition of success, and
2. helping businesses to recognise, tap into and unlock the valuable resource that is working women, becoming more diverse and equal organisations, and ultimately positively impacting their bottom line.
1. Every woman should have the opportunity to advance in their career, and feel genuinely motivated, fulfilled and engaged, without having to sacrifice their lifestyle and family commitments. Career and family counts.
2. Equality across the board, in the workplace and at home, benefits not only the economy but society in general. Because when our children see their mothers confident, fulfilled, and successful, they see that as their right too.
We strive to act as a catalyst for changing the way careers work to better support female talent, and help progressive companies and businesses of the future grow and thrive.
We envisage a future where flexible work is the norm, not the exception. Where women are given equal opportunities to men and the gender equality debate is a thing of the past. Where diverse teams are thriving and leading by example. Where life outside of work is valued and work-life integration is encouraged and supported.
Our range of programmes for women focus on giving them the support they need to get clarity on what they really want from their career after having children, enhance their skills, rebuild their professional confidence and equip them with the mindset and strategies to successfully navigate career and family. Our ultimate aim is to empower women to get ahead and successfully achieve their professional and personally goals, feeling balanced and fulfilled both at work and at home.
Our programmes include::
For employers, our programmes provide the information and resources needed to become an employer of choice for female talent, including creating and sustaining a family friendly workplace and promoting flexible work arrangements for both women and men.
Programmes for employers include:
Our team of consultants, coaches and trainers are all professional women who are highly experienced in working with women returners and women in the workplace. They are all working mothers and have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the issues and challenges women face when making the transition back to work and setting themselves up for success at work and at home once they get there.
Meet Melanie Fieseler
Melanie is an independent careers consultant specialising in career transition and change, organisational diversity and female talent management. She is a leading authority and speaker on issues relating to women returning to work after a career break and mothers in the workplace.
After relaunching her own career after becoming a mother, Melanie is proud to have worked with hundreds of amazing women to help them through their career transitions and relaunches, and use their skills, talents and passions to be their best and achieve their ambitions both at work and at home.
A professional Executive and Career Coach (OCM trained), Melanie is described as open, compassionate and results orientated. Her unique approach using a mixture of coaching, mentoring and consultancy provides her Clients with the tools, inspiration and accountability they need to find clarity, take action and reach both their personal and professional goals.
Melanie started her career in marketing communications and has over 15 years of international experience working in and for business. Through four years of experience in company training and facilitation, and as a lecturer at the Institute of Marketing & Communications (IMK) in Berlin, Melanie has taught a multitude of career and business skills from interview technique to time management and negotiation. She is currently leading the Berlin Geekettes 2015/2016 Mentorship Program.
Originally from London, Melanie is the mother of two young boys, and lives and works between Paris and Berlin.