Caregiving and Your Career Virtual Conference


Caregiving and Your Career Virtual Conference

Our Caregiving and Your Career Virtual Conference focused on offering solutions and suggestions to help you manage your career and your caregiving experience. Our panelists and presenters shared ideas, insights and inspirations to help fellow working family caregivers.

Our conference agenda follows:

From "Impatient" to "I'm Patient" in Five Seconds Flat
Presenter: Saskia Jennings, Founder and CEO of Creating Being Well {Holistic Life & Wellness Coach, PSW}
Session Description: We are 'tested' on our patience every day, and every day we get the chance to practise patience. You run into situations or conversations that trigger you and sometimes you just know that you’re about to lose your temper or you allow frustration to take over. Saskia will take participants through a simple, effective 2-step practise which helps to “reset” your thoughts and feelings and shift your mindset, resulting in more joy, calm and a clear mind, in any given situation. In the moment and in the future, at home and at work. She'll also demonstrate it and ask participants to join me in the practice. I will also illustrate the effect with some fun examples.

Keeping Your Career on Track
Panelists: Tara Reed and Leslie Cottrell Simonds

  • Tara Reed is the author of What to Do Between the Tears... A Practical Guide to Dealing with a Dementia or Alzheimer's Diagnosis and founder, Pivot to Happy.

  • Leslie Cottrell Simonds is the author of I Want You to Know and founder, The Visionary Passage.

Session Description: We worked to get where we are. And, then caregiving happens. How do we stay on track with our goals and achievements? Our panelists will share how their caregiving experiences affected their career and how their careers were impacted by caregiving.

Life Hacks for the Working Family Caregiver
Presenter: Liz O'Donnell, founder, Working Daughter
Session Description: If you’re trying to balance caring for a sick or aging parent with your career, and possibly raising your own family too, time is one of your most precious resources. And most likely you feel like you just don’t have enough of it. Adding hours to your day isn’t an option – we all get 24. So instead, we need to hack our lives. In this session, learn tips and tricks to to simplify and streamline every part of your life - especially those mundane, but necessary life tasks that zap our energy and our concentration.

Managing a Caregiving Crisis
Panelists: Elizabeth Miller, Priya Soni and Jodi Hempel

Session Description: It hits while sleep, while we're in meetings, while we're traveling on business. When the caregiving crisis happens, our schedule gets shredded and our priorities become one: Ensuring our caree receives the quality care and treatment he or she needs. The reality of our lives, though, is that we do have to still keep working. How do we keep our work commitments and focus on our caree's needs? Our panelists will share their thoughts and strategies.

Talking to your Boss About Caregiving
Lorna Scott and Elizabeth Miller

Session Description: You hope you can keep a caregiving situation to yourself but the reality of the roller coaster experience called caregiving is that you can't. You'll face crises that keeps you out of the office, you'll have situations that must be managed at the office. In this session, panelists will discuss how they spoke to their managers about their caregiving responsibilities.

The Working Family Caregiver's Assistant: Technology
Presenter: Renee King
Session Description: Renee, an office manager at a strategic consulting firm who cares for her parents, has been carefully curating a list of tech resources that are great for working caregivers.  Her current list features 80 different tech resources that cover a range of topics such as on demand assistant and end of life planning. She'll share her favorites with us.

About Our Speakers

Denise M. Brown
Denise launched in 1996. was the first website to add online caregiving support groups, daily caregiving chats and blogs written by family caregivers. Through its blogs posts, podcasts and video chats, holds one of the largest online libraries of caregiving stories. Denise also hosts a Twitter chat for family caregivers (#carechat) on the first and third Sundays at 8 p.m. ET. In March 2011, Denise launched CareGifters, an initiative which funds caregiving solutions, one family caregiver at a time. Through CareGifters, Denise raises money to send money to family caregivers in need. Denise began working with family caregivers in 1990 and regularly speaks about the family caregiver experience. Her insights have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, US News & World Report, USA Today,, Time magazine and Chicago Tribune. Her books, including The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey and Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers, provide insights, inspirations and information to those who care for family members. She currently cares for her parents.

Jodi Hempel
Jodi managed her mother’s care for 20 years following a massive stroke. She works with professional women who struggle to meet the needs of their aging parents or loved ones. She helps them gain confidence and peace of mind in their role assisting their loved one through her program “Walking the Path with Your Aging Loved One” and book “Life: The Next Phase. Navigating the Issues of Caring for Your Aging Parents or Loved Ones.” Jodi runs the blog Life: The Next Phase and is a Daughterhood Circle leader in Tucson, AZ. She worked for over 20 years in Corporate America where she was responsible for the training of company employees and customers. She holds an MBA in Strategic Leadership.

Saskia B. Jennings
Saskie ia Founder and CEO of Creating Being Well {Holistic Life & Wellness Coach, PSW}. She is a coach/speaker for busy professionals whose life, health and career are affected by the ongoing challenges of caring for aging parents. Through her coaching programs, presentations and Caregiving Circle Workshops, she provides coping strategies that help find relief from personal resentment, guilt and stress that may lead to burnout. Through years of gained experience as a professional caregiver working with seniors and their adult children, she developed immediate and practical solutions necessary to effectively support aging parents. These methods instantly bring a sense of peace and fulfillment and improve wellbeing and life balance. For the past three years, she has been a private caregiver for a 94-year-old gentleman.

Renee King
Renee is relatively new to becoming a caregiver. She is an office manager for a strategy consulting firm by day. By night and weekends, she cares for her ALS mom and Alcoholic dad. She's single and doesn't have children. Her strength has always been
technology and she is great at keeping her finger on the pulse of emerging tech that solves current issues.

Elizabeth Miller
Elizabeth’s website, Happy Healthy Caregiver, is a lifestyle website that helps overwhelmed and stressed caregivers who want to feel balanced and take better care of their health but don’t know how to juggle self-care with their caregiver responsibilities. The daily demands of being a caregiver is emotionally overwhelming, stressful, and physically tiring. Being a caregiver often leads to neglect of the caregiver’s own health which can result in weight gain, fatigue, depression and anxiety. The Happy Healthy Caregiver site helps these caregivers regain balance and control of their personal health while still upholding their daily caregiver responsibilities. With the Happy Healthy Caregiver coaching and community, these caregivers will no longer feel overwhelmed and alone but rather armed with the tools and support they need to prioritize and optimize their health.

Liz O’Donnell
Liz is the founder of Working Daughter, a website for women balancing career and caregiving, something she tries to do everyday. Liz runs the East Coast operations of a PR firm and cares for her 90-year-old father. She is also a working mother — she has a middle schooler and a high schooler at home — and is the author of the book Mogul, Mom & Maid: The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman.

Tara Reed
Tara Reed is an artist, author of What to Do Between the Tears... A Practical Guide to Dealing with a Dementia or Alzheimer's Diagnosis in the Family, speaker and the creator of – a website dedicated to helping people with a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s navigate the journey. Tara is personally affected as her father was diagnosed in 2012 and passed away in August 2016. She has been living the journey and also holds professional certifications from the Alzheimer’s Association in Basic Dementia Care, Activities of Daily Living and Dementia-Related Behaviors.

Lorna Scott
Lorna’s personal philosophy is to have a positive outlook on life with a focus on solutions, not problems. She firmly believes that with the right information, attitude, focus, and a belief in oneself anyone can achieve their highest goals. Lorna knows that these are the keys to unlocking success and receiving the greatest gifts as a caregiver. Lorna is the author of the best-selling book, Walking the Journey Together…Alone, Finding Peace, Hope and Joy in the Middle of the Sh** (shock), creator of Caregiver Mastery Programs, founder of The Caregiver’s Lighthouse, a graduate of the professional Canfield Training Group Success Principles Train the Trainer Program, a Certified Passion Test Facilitator, a Certified Facilitator for Advanced Solutions for Activating Passionate Engagement, and an Opposite Strengths Executive Coach. You can listen and learn more from Lorna each week on the internet radio program, A Graceful Journey. She lives in Medicine Hat, Alberta where she enjoys playing with her grandsons, and spending time with her son, Jamie, and daughter and son-in-law, Vanessa and Stuart, and grandsons, Cade and Rowan. She plays flute in the Medicine Hat Community Concert Band and is an active member of Jest Toastmasters. She is a member of the Caregiver Coalition of Southeast Alberta and sits on the Caregiver Advisory Council for the committee of the federal project: Mobilizing Action: Family Caregivers in Canada.

Leslie Cottrell Simonds
Leslie, a Certified Caregiving Consultant, brings a variety of experiences to her work with family caregivers, including producing events for up to 20,000 people for a nationwide events company and managing boutique hotels. She also was an EMT. Leslie has trained as a death doula and has extensive experience as a family caregiver, including currently caring for her mother. She is certified with the American Alzheimer’s Association and is a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant specializing in funerals and memorials. Leslie is the author of I Want You to Know.

Priya Soni
Priya is the Founder and CEO of The Caregiving Effect LLC, a platform and service launched to create a space for adult children who have cared for their parent(s)/parental figures due to aging, illness and/or disability. She has developed a mission to build a movement of mentors, caregiver visionaries, who are utilizing the insights and wisdom from their stories as a tool to help the many who will or are walking the path of caregiving. Through her mentorship and coaching, adult children turn their unexpected role as caregiver into a role of a lifetime -- The Caregiving Effect (#thecaregivi**ngeffect), a term she has coined. In addition, she currently works at a mission-oriented organization focused on educational inequity. Priya has earned a B.S. in Theatre and Psychology from Towson University and M.A. in Disability Studies from City University of New York’s School of Professional Studies. She has worked in a variety of settings including working with women who have substance abuse; women who have been affected by domestic **violence; and with children and adults with disabilities. One of her greatest passions is creating community. Reach out to Priya at and Instagram:

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