Stories shared at a Mastercard Relaunch event revealed the highs and lows of career breaks and returning to work.

A networking event devised by Mastercard Ireland’s Women’s Leadership Network ahead of International Women’s Day delved into the practicalities of taking a career break and returning to work afterwards.

Hosted at Dogpatch Labs, the event featured keynote presentations from Sue Marshall, CEO of Abodoo; Ciara Garvan, founder of WorkJuggle; and broadcaster and writer Louise McSharry.

There was also an honest and frank panel discussion with ‘returners’ Keira Lloyd, Andrea Crofts and Nicky King (all Mastercard) and Conor Simpson from IDA Ireland. The returners were joined by Mastercard talent acquisition lead Gary Lawson, while product marketing VP Sarah Cunningham skilfully guided the conversation as chair.


Words by Elaine Burke