Positioning Yourself for Promotion as a Parent


The above panel discussion was recorded on 26 January 2022 and hosted by Verena Hefti, FRSA, Founder and CEO of Leaders Plus. 

Get practical strategies and fresh ideas on how to get promoted as a working parent by watching this webinar.

This insightful panel discussion features ambitious parents in senior roles from a range of sectors, all of whom secured promotion whilst bringing up their young families. 

It's packed with practical tips and honest reflections on how to progress your career whilst juggling a young family, ensuring you can move your career forward without leaving your family behind.


  • when is the right time to go for a promotion
  • how to be seen as 'promotion material' without working long hours
  • how to get promoted when you work part-time or aren't in the office
  • how to ensure your hard work doesn't go unnoticed
  • how to convince your employer to allow you to work flexibly in a new more senior role

Plus learn more about the award-winning Leaders Plus Fellowship and how it can support ambitious working parents to progress their careers.

About Your Host and Speakers

Verena Hefti - CEO & Founder of Leaders PlusVerena Hefti FRSA, CEO & Founder, Leaders Plus

Verena Hefti is the multi-award-winning CEO of our social enterprise Leaders Plus and host of the five star rated Big Careers Small Children podcast. She has supported hundreds of ambitious parents who have successfully returned to senior careers after maternity leave/shared parental leave and adoption leave and enjoys bringing like-minded people together who aren't afraid to challenge thinking. Verena also runs the award-winning Leaders Plus Fellowship Programme which supports ambitious working parents who wish to accelerate their careers.

Zarlashta Behzadi, Content Strategy Manager at Citizens Advice and Leaders Plus Fellow 2021

Luzy D - Leaders Plus

Lucy Duszczak – Senior Online Sales and Digital Manager, Youth Hostels Association and Leaders Plus Fellow 2020

Melissa Hillier - WHY

Melissa Hillier – Chief Executive Officer at We Hear You (WHY) and Leaders Plus Fellow 2021

Louise Elizabeth Walton, Director, Internal Communications, Global Finance and Specialist Functions at HSBC and Leaders Plus Fellow 2018

About The Leaders Plus Fellowship Programme

Too often, parents feel they have to choose between an ambitious career and enjoying their young children. Our multi-award-winning Fellowship exists to prevent this.

As part of the 9-month Fellowship, you get a Senior Leader Mentor, expert career development support, group coaching, a supportive cross-sector network of peers and practical support to overcome work/life hurdles. You can access the Fellowship either online or in a mix of online and face to face learning.