Kelley and Susan met while speaking at a women’s conference in 2016. At the time, they were both independently consulting with companies and coaching a range of women (from seasoned professionals to young women navigating new motherhood) through life and career transition. Immediately, they felt a connection and knew that they could better help more women if they teamed up. So, the two joined forces first to share clients, then to run workshops and, ultimately, to create the learning company Prepare to Launch U that provides instruction, inspiration and community to women navigating work-life transitions along the continuum of life. Their original, signature online career re-entry course boasts students in 26 states and counting.
In just two years, Prepare to Launch U has introduced multiple online and live instructional offerings including a first-of-its-kind online maternity leave planning course, a proprietary family leave planning course on the LinkedIn Learning platform, and widely popular live corporate workshops on Negotiating and Work-Life Synergy, to list just a few. Susan and Kelley regularly collaborate with universities and Fortune 500 companies, and they are sought-after speakers and moderators for conferences across the country.
Perhaps what’s best about Kelley and Susan, and what has best prepared them to design and teach their unique content, is that each of them has lived the work-life juggle: they both opted out to take career breaks, opted back in as working moms, and made mid-career pivots to start their own business. Kelley and Susan understand the challenges their students face because they, too, have faced them. And their complementary expertise and the clear joy with which they deliver their instruction, makes them a favorite of audiences large and small.