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We are a trusted community of parents, carers, career coaches, legal experts, thought leaders and supportive friends.

Grace Papers is designed for working parents and caregivers, by working parents and caregivers. We are here to provide you with support, knowledge and confidence – and a vision and plan – for your career ambition, that still gives you the freedom to care for self, care for others and care for the community.

Learn more about how we support parents and carers via our Employee Experience Platform.

Research shows that taking parental leave and working flexibly can expose you to unintended biases that can impact your career goals. It’s a systemic issue, but our strategies, guidance and support ensure you keep in touch and remain visible to keep your career on track.

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In 2017, the Pew Research Center sat down with 4573 Americans and asked them to list three adjectives to describe how men and women should and shouldn’t be. The questionnaire revealed positive attributes for a woman included ‘kindness’, ‘compassion’ and ‘responsibility’.

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To celebrate the launch of our new digital coaching platform, we have partnered with our friends at Endota Spa to offer an Endota Spa gift card.

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October is shaping up to be a busy month at Grace Papers HQ with our new platform release, live coaching, carers week and more.

Grace Papers' new digital platform and on-demand coaching helps you to take time to care for self, care for family and care for your career.

Grace Papers prevents the Great Resignation

Grace Papers is on a mission to create a world of work that helps your organisation prevent resignations, attract top talent and have women participate equally and equitably in the workplace.

"If someone looks like they’re struggling they probably are.” - Samara Dobbins Samara Dobbins, Deputy Secretary, People & Operations at Department of Premier and Cabinet (NSW)

How to pick your ‘personal board of directors’ as a carer

Your Personal Board of Directors consists of sponsors, mentors, friends and family that are there to not just support you personally, but also professionally, helping you to navigate career and care, and realise your full potential. Read real stories of how this group of carers found their Personal Board of Directors

Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental health condition, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged. One of the key questions many carers ask is: how do I speak to my boss about care commitments and responsibilities?

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2.65 million Australians provide care and support to a family member or friend, in acknowledgement of those that manage the incredible job of balancing care and career, Grace Papers interviewed Samara Dobbins and Andrew Parkinson, carers who shared their stories, challenges and celebrated how they find joy in their juggle, and maintain care for themselves while caring for others.

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Grace Papers' brought together a community of carers to share their stories, their challenges and celebrate how they find joy in their juggle, and maintain care for themselves.

In a recent live coaching, we sat down with the founder of PepTalkHer, Meggie Palmer, to give you the strategies to increase your belief in your own worth, and the confidence to negotiate a promotion, a pay rise, or both.

The pandemic and parenthood collided for Exxon Mobil's Hussain Ali. Here, he opens up about fatherhood, parental leave, and having the 'right' regrets.

Origin Energy's Scott Morris has taken parental leave twice, and in completely different worlds. Here, he opens up about raising daughters beyond gender stereotypes, focusing on the things that matter, and the confidence that comes with time.

The pandemic is leaving us exhausted and overwhelmed. Yet, with some ruthless prioritisation, we can each make more room for the things that spark joy.

How do we shift the conversation about the role of dads and men in our society? By talking about “good fathers”, not “real men".

In the midst of our public health crisis, feelings of fear and uncertainty continue to dominate our lives. However, we can also identify opportunities to make positive changes - and act with leadership and grace.

Live coaching events

Our live coaching events help our community connect and find their voice on issues that matter. Sessions are virtual and feature an inspiring range of professionals and industry leaders who share both their expertise and lived experience, as we address everything from career and care to health and happiness. Best of all, the coaching format invites you to ask your questions too.

If you would like to join us for a live coaching session, please submit your request below and we will be in touch with steps to register.

“I really appreciated the chance to participate in recent Grace Papers online events. It felt like an opportunity to celebrate the workplace flexibility that was being simultaneously experienced by all the participants as a result of the COVID restrictions at the time. Grace Papers and its program has always provided me with the reassurance that ‘I am not alone’ and given me strength to really consider what I want my work to look like after having children.

From these recent events, the question of ‘what sparks joy in your role’ really struck a chord with me. I’ve also thought a lot more about the rituals in my life that are important to me and how best to work with those around me to communicate my needs. It encouraged me to ponder the value of the softer leadership skills in today’s world. I have also thought a lot more about the role models and potential sponsors in my life that can further assist me in working towards a fulfilling return to work.”

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Elspeth DeFanti

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Victoria

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