Motherhood / Working Parent Expert

By: Karen Miles  09-Dec-2011
Keywords: Conference, Motherhood

Karen Miles is an expert on motherhood and its impact on women's identity and career. Karen works with women making the transition to motherhood and companies that are committed to retaining and supporting women in their transition to motherhood and their successful return to work.

Clients engage Karen's services in a number of ways:

1) as a conference, seminar and workshop speaker delivering entertaining and inspiring keynote presentations

2) as a 'Lunch & Learn' speaker, panellist and mentor

3) assisting companies with the design and roll out of in-house training programs

4) mentoring new parents, working parents, and parents-to-be, and

A sample of Karen's clients include: Westpac, ING, Clayton Utz, Westfield, RTA, Johnson & Johnson, Astra Zenica, McDonalds, Sara Lee, Mars, State Trustees, Australian Institute of Management, KPMG, Sussan, Mallesons, BT, Broadcast Australia, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Department of Premier & Cabinet, Business & Professional Women Australia, Ambition Recruitment and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Whether it's transitioning into motherhood, equipping companies for mat leave and talent retention, or realising career and life passions, Karen shares her first hand skills and knowledge with authenticity and charisma.

When it comes to the topic of motherhood, female talent and working parents, Karen helps women to be productive and engaged in their work and life, and managers and their teams to best capitalise on this powerful source of talent. By assisting women with the head and heart transition into motherhood and back in to the workplace, and by implementing flexible work practices for working parents, Karen Miles helps companies to attract, retain and engage their greatest source of talent.

Women today are accustomed to a life of independence, choices, and achievement, and motherhood may come as a great shock. Motherhood is also a transition made unnecessarily difficult as we rarely talk about what motherhood is really like whilst living in a culture of 'performance parenting'.


"Karen, just wanted to say thank you for running your Mums At Work Forum at Westpac recently. The vibe in the room was palpable as our group of professionally and personally diverse working mums instantly found common ground and recognised that they had something to offer and something to learn from each other. Your humorous take on the many styles of motherhood as well as your insightful 'You First' model encouraged an entertaining yet honest assessment of our own style, what we expect of ourselves, and how we judge others who might be doing it differently. I encourage you to continue to share the story of motherhood so that we can normalise the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes rocky but always life-changing transition women make when they become mums.”
Karen Whittaker, Employee Relations, Diversity & Policy - Westpac Banking Corporation

"Just wanted to say again how great I thought your presentation was this week. I have had so much positive feedback about not only your delivery, but the content as well."
Jackie McArthur, SVP / Director of Supply Chain Australia and New Zealand - McDonalds

“Karen presented at two of our quarterly networking lunches for parents in our Sydney office. She worked with us to tailor the session ensuring the content would resonate with our parents - how to be happy and high performing in both their personal lives and career after having children. Karen combines a humorous and fun presentation style with a factual and practical session. The session was well received and we would not hesitate to invite Karen to present again.”
Alex Mathewson, Manager Human Capital - PricewaterhouseCoopers

"Your presentation was highly relevant and informative to a range of L&D experts and your delivery was highly regarded. Interesting concepts, engaging, interactive, brilliant."
Helen Ngo, Conference Coordinator - 2nd Annual L&D in Practice Conference, Tonkin Corporation

"The event was fantastic - we were really pleased with the interaction that you encouraged and received from the mums, those that I spoke to after the event really enjoyed it and were so pleased that something like this was being offered as an opportunity for them to share their experiences." Katrina Jackson, Marketing Assistant - Westfield

"Thank you Karen for presenting such confronting and inspiring issues in relation to the transition into motherhood at our recent event. Our attendees could relate to a lot of what was discussed and are now hoping to tackle this taboo subject by breaking down the barriers of communication surrounding women returning to work and deserving absolute flexibility."
Sally-Anne Blanshard, Research Manager - Ambition Recruitment Group

"Karen's perspective was very refreshing - and definitely valuable to have pre-baby. As you mentioned, wonderful to be empowered as we explore “ramping-off”.”
Ambition event participant (IT/Finance industry)

“Karen Miles seems to have the experience to offer advice on how to 'juggle' a career and home life.”
Ambition event participant (IT/Finance industry)

“Thanks again for another fantastic event - allowed me to go home and open up the communication channels with my husband which was well over-due.”
Ambition event participant (IT/Finance industry)

"Karen's insights into Motherhood are very informative and insightful. She keeps the audience engaged at all times by telling the truth of the emotions faced by new Mums. It's great that somebody is finally not afraid to tell the truth about Motherhood!"
Tina Clark, Sydney Club President - Business & Professional Women

“I was really impressed with how you engaged the audience. Your generosity and ability to share information and take others with you on your path to success is so evident. You shine from within.”
Lynette Palmen, Director - Women's Network Australia

“You were the highest rated speaker of our 2-day conference. Your presentation was the highlight.”
Conference Organiser - Executive Assistant Conference

“Wow! That was awesome. Your points are beautifully strengthened by comedy.”
Anders Sorman-Nilsson, Director - Thinque

“I loved your model about 'other mums'. I could really identify with the archetypes you described.”
Shelley Dunstone, Director - Legal Circles

“Karen speaks with a real desire to share her skills and knowledge. She has warmth that only experienced and genuine presenters have. Karen can inspire, motivate and energise people through her presentations. She also can get people sharing their ideas and networking within the room. Karen is a must have on any speaking program!”
Catriona Pollard, Director - CP Communications

Keywords: Conference, Motherhood

Other products and services from Karen Miles


TV Presenter Producer

As well as a launch screening fundraiser, her film has been played at the CEO Challenge Charity Auction for White Ribbon Day 2010 and at the 2010 Insight Conference. I thought it was a great story and you were great talent, relaxed in front of the camera and chatting with Kerri-Anne - I would welcome any further segments.. Karen Miles has a natural energy and presence on camera and is a voice for women, talent and achievement.


Journalist & Media Spokesperson

Sunrise - Ch 7• The Morning Show - Ch 7• A Current Affair - Ch 9• Mornings with Kerri-Anne - Ch 9• Good Morning Australia - Ch 10• The Making of Modern Australia - ABC• Room to Grow co-host & presenter - Ch 31• Insight - SBS (Childcare '08.



In August 2011 Karen was crowned Mrs Australia World 2011/12 after a year raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer and donating funds to charities such as the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation for which she is now an Ambassador, in addition to her career and media achievements.



You can pick up the book at any page for guidance on issues including how to realise your potential, making mistakes at work, tricky negotiations, steps for starting a business, and strategic thinking and planning. The book was launched by David Morgan, CEO Westpac Banking Corporation and the foreword was written by Australian entrepreneur, Natalie Bloom of Bloom Cosmetics.


Mumpreneur Mentor

Karen never set out to become a business coach or mentor, it just kept knocking on the door until she finally realised other mumpreneurs and small business start-ups “wanted some of whatever it was she was having”. Karen works with a select number of clientele who have a passion and skill set that need marketing, branding and connections to turn an idea into a business.