JODY DAY (1964) is the British founder of Gateway Women, the global support & advocacy network for childless women, founded in 2011 and considered by many to be the founder of the ‘childless movement’. She’s the author of the ‘go-to’ book on the topic, Living the Life Unexpected: How to Find Hope, Meaning and a Fulfilling Future Without Children (PanMac 2016/2020). A World Childless Week Ambassador since its inception in 2017, chosen as one of the BBC’s 100 Women in 2013 & as a UK Digital Woman of the Year in 2021, she’s a global thought leader on female involuntary childlessness. She’s a psychotherapist, a 2017 and 2022 TEDx speaker, a founding and former board member at the UK Charity Ageing Without Children, and a former Fellow in Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School. After a lifetime in London, she now lives by the sea in West Cork, rural Ireland, where she’s completing a novel (featuring a childless heroine of course!) and nurturing her emerging Gateway Elderwomen project. She is managed by a small white terrier called Parsnip.
website: www.gateway-women.com direct email: firstname.lastname@example.org linked-in: @jodyday instagram @gatewaywomen & @apprenticecrone public facebook page www.facebook.com/GatewayWomenUK personal facebook page (if we are known to each other) Jody's monthly newsletter: bit.ly/jody-list private online community: www.gateway-women.com/community free download of intro & chapter 1 of Jody's book: bit.ly/free-ltlu Click here for Jody's professional one-page backgrounder & headshots.
SONIA SUMAN (UK) is the Community Manager for the Childless Collective online community, (formerly known as the Gateway Women Online Community). Sonia’s professional background is in academia; she has a PhD in Renaissance Literature and has taught at both school and university level. She also worked as part of the wellbeing team supporting undergraduates and postgraduates at a major British university. This led her to study and train to teach mindfulness and self-compassion, which has been a huge part of her own healing journey too. Sonia is passionate about community, and became a host for local Gateway gatherings in the Worcestershire (UK) area in 2018 and, realising the difference it made to her life having a local network of childless friends, she has gradually got more and more involved with Gateway Women’s work to the point that she’s now an invaluable part of both the Gateway and Childless Collective teams. You can contact her directly at email@example.com
MEET GATEWAY WOMEN'S LICENCED REIGNITE WEEKEND WORKSHOP FACILITATORS