The idea for Working Mumma

At Working Mumma, we believe you can work, have a career and be a mum – you shouldn’t be made to choose one or the other.

The concept of Working Mumma had its genesis when Carina O’Brien was 6 months pregnant with her first child. With maternity leave approaching, she went searching for inspiration as she approached this new phase in her life. Determined to return to my career. I found myself disappointed by the lack of useful support, tips, and stories of working mothers available to her and other career-minded mothers. So, like many other people, if you can’t find what you are looking for – build it yourself!

Carina O’Brien, Founder

Carina O’Brien is the founder of Working Mumma. She started her professional journey in the IT industry, working with startup-ups and medium-sized businesses before joining Siemens in 2010. Before her current role at Siemens at Head of Communications for Australia & New Zealand, Carina worked in Strategy and was a Communications Business for the Automation and drives businesses. She also spent four years as the Head of Venues for Monash Sport at Monash University.

Carina’s unique selling point is her broad background of experience and industries, combined with her experience as a working mum with two children. She holds a Masters in Management and a Bachelor in IT/IS. Carina was a finalist in the Whitehorse Business Awards, and she has been published in Women’s Agenda and Child Mags. She is also the founder and host of the Working Mumma podcast.

Carina’s view of the world has been shaped by her belief that women can be both a mum and have a career and her poor experience of returning to work after the birth of her first child. These beliefs inspired her to start Working Mumma, a platform that empowers working mothers to pursue their careers and be present for their families. Carina loves helping women feel empowered and confident returning to work after maternity leave so they can thrive.

Working Mumma is a platform that supports professional women on their journey through motherhood and career. The platform offers programs, digital membership, and mentoring to help women navigate the challenges of balancing work and family life. Carina’s mission is to give women the inspiration, support, and empowerment they need to succeed in their careers while also being present for their families.

Let’s work together

Dedicated to supporting female workforce participation after having children

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Working Mumma Village Membership

Membership that provides community, support and resources

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Programs for businesses

Help organisations with programs, workshops and organisational setup for flexible work and supporting family-friendly work practices

Job-sharing possibilities you haven’t yet considered
Return to work program

A 4 module return to work after maternity leave transition program to give women the tools and confidence

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