By @SimonCocking. We caught up with the multi-talented Jillian Godsil, journalist, broadcaster and former European Parliament candidate. She has gone viral several times. She has worked all over the world – UK, Australia, Singapore – and has written for business and technology publications globally. See more on her blog here.

What you’ll be speaking about?

Backwards in high heels… I shall be speaking to the experience of returning to work after a break. For working women the break can be anything from maternity leave, to care giving to redundancy – but the stakes are higher for women as too as the fences.

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Why will it be of value to go?

The impediments to returning to work are tough. It is not good enough to say we have to try harder. That’s like telling someone with depression to pull themselves together. We need to recognise the issues and then deal with them.

What tips you’d give to others based upon your own business experiences over last 12 months?

Keep busy, keep very busy.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Push those boundaries – especially if they are outside your comfort zone.

What’s the worst that can happen? That you fail, that you try again, that you fail again? Could be worse – trust me. And read here. And always, always embrace humour!

On being an Intersex

The event takes place at Dublin’s RDS from the 28th to 30th of April 2016. The unique event is aimed at working women, women returning to the workforce and women entrepreneurs to provide them with insights, advice and knowledge that will help enhance their own confidence, strength and positivity in the workplace.

HERizon founder Maura Byrne said, “We wanted to create a really worthwhile event that will empower women and make them feel more confident. We conducted a small survey in recent weeks and confidence was the number one factor that women believed held them back in their working life. Women are really open to learning from others on how to progress their career and that’s what we are aiming to do with HERizon.”

In addition to a series of talks, HERizon will comprise four exhibition villages including:

  • HER Work – provides opportunities to meet the agencies and companies that are looking to hire women;  to access the latest on graduate courses that will open new doors; to talk to those who can help with start-up and investment advice and to connect with other women who can give you the network and support to progress your career.
  • HER Health – provides opportunities to understand how important health is in supporting you in your work life balance; to sample foods and products that can aid a healthy diet; to understand what exercise regimes can fit into a busy schedule and to understand the importance of overall wellness. HER Health will also play host to cookery demonstrations from the National Dairy Council, Glanbia and Clonakilty Puddings
  • HER Style – provides opportunities to consult with expert stylists and advisors to learn how to match style to age, routine and budget;  to transform certain looks with hands-on demos and tutorials and to shop for the latest hair, beauty and fashion trends.
  • HER Happiness – provides opportunities to explore holiday destinations and hobbies; and a dancefloor where women can have a boogie!

Tickets for HERizon are on sale now with limited early bird one day tickets available for €39 which includes entry to talks and exhibitions. Ticket can be purchased on or by phoning 01 685 2677.

For further information on the HERizon visit and follow @herizonevent for updates.

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