JODY DAY (1964) is the British founder of Gateway Women, the global friendship and support network for childless women, and the author of Living the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan B for a Meaningful and Fulfilling Future Without Children (2016: Bluebird/PanMacmillan). A thought leader on female involuntary childlessness, she’s an integrative psychotherapist, a TEDx speaker, and a former Fellow in Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School. A World Childless Week Champion, she divides her time between London, Ireland and Ibiza and is working on a new book.
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HELEN B. is Jody’s part-time assistant (Mondays and Fridays) and the kind and patient Community Manager and admin/technical support for the Gateway Women online communities and Meetup groups. She is a graduate of the very first Gateway Women Plan B Mentorship Programme in 2013 and has been assisting Jody since 2014. She knows everything, thank goodness!
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LAUREN DE VERE is a licensed Gateway Women workshop facilitator (GWS) and lives with her cat, Mr Marvo, in Greater London. A solicitor by training, Lauren has undertaken in-depth personal development to heal from the wounds of a difficult childhood including attending and then facilitating The Essence Process. She’s been active both at a local level with GW Meetups in Chorleywood, as well as attending Gateway Women’s 2017 year long Plan B Mentorship Programme. Lauren has a special interest in supporting those childless women for whom a challenging childhood has been a contributing factor in their childlessness. As well as co-facilitating Gateway Women’s Reignite Weekends in London and co-hosting a GW Meetup in Greater London, in 2020 Lauren will be facilitating ‘The London Bee’, Gateway Women’s live year-long Plan B Mentorship Programme. email: email@example.com twitter: @LaurendeVere. You can watch a short video chat between her and Jody here.
KARIN ENFIELD DE VRIES is a licenced Gateway Women workshop facilitator (GWS) and Gateway Women’s European Lead. Bilingual in English/Dutch (and quite handy in a few other languages too!), she lives on the Dutch/Belgian border with her British husband and cats and is childless due to a hysterectomy at 33 as part of her treatment for cervical cancer. She works in Business Transformation and Change Management, guiding people and corporate teams through transformations, as well as being a yoga teacher and singer. A graduate of Gateway Women’s 2018 Online Bee Plan B Mentorship Programme, Karin is 2019 World Childless Week Champion and is particularly interested in developing a better understanding of childlessness due to cancer. As well as co-facilitating Reignite Weekends in the UK and leading a monthly GW Benelux Meetup Group, in 2020 she will be leading Reignite Weekend (in English/Dutch) in Holland as well as being one of the facilitators for Gateway Women’s 2020 Online Bee Groups. She is growing awareness and support for Gateway Women in the Benelux region, which has its own Dutch/English website at Gateway Women Benelux. email: firstname.lastname@example.org You can watch a short video chat between her and Jody here.
YVONNE JOHN is a licenced Gateway Women workshop facilitator (GWS) and the author of 2016’s Dreaming of the Life Unlived: Intimate Stories and Portraits of Women Without Children. A gifted public speaker and passionate about creating inclusivity for Women of Colour in the cultural narrative of childlessness, Yvonne has appeared on numerous radio and television programmes, including BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’. She also blogs about her own evolving recovery from childlessness at Finding My Plan B. A graduate of GW’s 2016’s year-long Plan B Mentorship Programme, Yvonne is also a World Childless Week Champion. She works in the medical services industry and is also a talented photographer and singer. You can learn more about Yvonne in her own words in her guest blog for Gateway Women, The Black Woman in the Room and you can contact her directly on email@example.com and you can watch a short video chat between her and Jody here.
LIANE PRESTON is a licenced Gateway Women workshop facilitator (GWS) and lives near Edinburgh, Scotland. Having worked in the corporate world for a long time, most latterly as a Director of Human Resources, she has over fifteen years of experience in developing people. She came to believe that most of us, at some point, could benefit from professional therapeutic support in dealing with life’s curveballs, so she retrained and has for the past five years has combined running a private psychotherapeutic counselling practice with corporate consulting. Her childlessness is due to a combination of factors – being a (recovered!) workaholic, not meeting her husband until she was 40, some gynaecological issues and a dance with cancer. Happily, she now has the all-clear and is excited about embracing a new phase of her life, which includes running the Gateway Women Reignite Weekend in Scotland and nurturing Gateway Women’s network of social meetups in Scotland as she supports other Gateway Women on their journeys towards their Plan B’s. You can view Liane’s UKCP therapy entry here and contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can watch a short video chat between her and Jody here.
MELANIE DAGG is a licenced Gateway Women workshop facilitators (GWS) and lives in Morpeth, Northumberland. She is childless after unsuccessful ICSI/IVF fertility treatments with her former husband. She found Gateway Women after a frantic late-night Google search for ‘women who don’t have children and are happy’ and attended the Reignite Weekend with Jody in London in February 2014. Despite feeling very nervous (she considered not turning up at the workshop and going shopping in London instead!) it turned out to be a turning point and the beginning of her journey out of a black hole. Since then, Melanie has been an active member of the Gateway Women online community and leads her local Gateway Women Meetup group in Newcastle. In 2017 she also took part in Jody’s one-year Plan B Mentorship Programme – The Online Bee. An actor by profession, Melanie is an experienced workshop facilitator and also has a counselling qualification. You can contact her directly at email@example.com and you can watch a short video chat between her and Jody here.