D&I Business Briefing: Working Parents at Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina

Event Date: Thu, 18th May 2023

Event Time: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Venue: Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina

Location: Dubai Marina

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Member Fee: 145 AED

Pre-members Fee: 190 AED

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We are delighted to host UK-based Parenting Expert and Family Therapist, Joanne Jewell, who has been supporting and working with parents and families for over 15 years.  Joanne will be exploring the all too common feeling of parenting guilt, how it can impact on our own well-being and how to navigate balancing work, life and raising children in an increasingly busy world.

Naomi Williams, Head of Pastoral Care at South View School (Primary) and Kate Hill, Head of Middle School at Dubai College will join Joanne on an interactive panel providing insights around the emotions and behaviours that children are expressing at school and how parents can better support at home. We will consider and discuss the impact of peer pressure, self-esteem, cyber safety and other topics related to children of school age. With the support of BBG Member Robert Stewart – a Business Psychologist – we will be able to link many of the topics back into the workplace to be helpful for those in HR, legal, professional development and coaching. Moderated by Scott Armstrong - founder of Mentl.

Naomi Williams
Deputy Head of Primary – Pastoral, Learning, and Teaching
South View School

With over 20 years working in education specializing in school improvement, Naomi has remained focused on successfully developing excellent pedagogy within the schools she has led, ensuring that the learning and teaching is of a standard which suits the needs of all the children and equips them with the ability to make the highest possible progress. Naomi has held senior leadership positions in prep schools in the UK as well as in prominent schools in Dubai. Currently at South View School in Remraan, Naomi leads on both pastoral care as well as learning and teaching in the Primary School. She obtained a Masters in Psychology in 2020 which heightened her interest in cognition, neurodiversity and social psychology in young people and she is now on the pathway to becoming a qualified psychotherapist - gaining an in depth understanding and interest in the well-being, mental health and self-regulation of young people. 

Robert Stewart
Business Psychologist, Facilitator and Executive Coach
R Stewart Psychology

Rob has worked in the field of psychology his whole career, beginning his journey in counselling psychology. He has held positions as a counsellor, a care home manager, then moving into the NHS as a counselling psychologist. From there Rob opened his own successful private practice catering to private clients for mental health needs, before completing a postgraduate diploma in occupational psychology and moving into the field of learning and development and executive coaching in 2016. He works globally in all sectors and industries helping building their leaders of tomorrow.

Rob's primary business area within learning and development is leadership development alongside performance management, diversity and inclusion, well-being and employee engagement. Rob incorporates neuro-science, behavioural science, gamification, best practice and social learning into his workshops. His depth of knowledge in the area of psychology underpins the strength of his workshops. He offers Keynote presentations, half and full day workshops, virtual and in person and both standard and bespoke training solutions. As an executive coach Rob utilises his background in cognitive behavioural therapy by providing a solution focused, integrative coaching style. Rob coaches all levels of leaders, from first time line managers to C-Suite. He specialises in senior leadership coaching and incorporates the use of psychometric tools and feedback to provide total value.

Joanne Jewell

Jo has been supporting individuals, families and companies to create and maintain warm, natural and open connections for the past 15 years both in the UK and the UAE.  As a mum of three boys, she initially worked in a corporate role as a consultant and trainer, later changing her career to re-train and work as a child, adolescent and family counsellor. She has experienced expat life both as a child living in South Africa and then moving to the UAE with her own family in 2007 so has both personal and professional experience of the unique challenges in living and working internationally.

After working as a School Counsellor for 8 years, Jo set up her own practice in 2015, Mindful Parenting UAE, to provide individuals with the skills and knowledge to develop their relationships with themselves and others through the lens of well-being, self-awareness, kindness, compassion, and respect.  Jo combines her knowledge of neuroscience, mindfulness and hands on practical skills to provide a learning environment where people feel safe to explore themselves and discover the areas they want to grow and develop in.  She works internationally with individuals, parents, couples and companies providing a Mindfulness based wellness approach for individuals, couples, families and companies.

Jo offers both individualised group workshops and private sessions, as well as providing community education projects through her partnerships with schools and corporations. Jo also regularly consults with educational establishments and government organisations as well as being a regular contributor to both radio, podcasts, newspaper and magazine articles.

In addition to holding an Honours degree, Jo is an experienced Child, Adolescent and Family Therapist, Gottman trained Couple’s therapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP Master Coach, EFT Practitioner and UK registered Mindfulness Practitioner.

What clients say about Jo:

“Thank you Jo I found the course life changing and am very grateful to have met you and gained so much from you.”

“For years I have wanted advice and support and being in Dubai it’s been so hard to find this.  I have so much to learn and this workshop has helped so much.”

“It has been incredibly reassuring to realise that I am not the only person struggling with finding the skills to manage my well-being”

You can find out more about Jo and contact her through her website, www.joannejewell.com as well as following her on facebook, Joanne Jewell – Mindful Parenting and on Instagram joannejewelltherapist

Email: joanne@joannejewell.com 

Whatsapp: +971509506526

Kate Hill
Head of Middle School
Dubai College

Kate is currently working pridominately with Year 11 but she also covers Year 10 (GCSE years). The Middle School comprises 8 forms of up to 22 students, each with a form tutor. She is also supported by the SEN and counselling departments and the medical facility as well as the Deputy Head - Pastoral who is additionally the lead safeguarding officer. Further support is also provided by the examinations department. 

She is a Teacher of Geography throughout the school (Years 7-13) and a Parent to a son in Year 12 and to a daughter in first year of university. 

More panelists to be announced.

Fee includes breakfast
Free valet parking is available
Dress: Business

If your company is a BBG member and you are not a named member, please register by emailing booking@bbgdxb.com to benefit from the member rate, named members should register online as usual. Cancellations will be accepted until 11.59am on Tuesday 16 May after which “no show fees” will apply.

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