Trying to run a business & homeschool your kids? Check out Mums & Co’s pro bono taskforce

- March 27, 2020 3 MIN READ

An elite, pro bono and national taskforce, known as Mums & CoVID19, has rapidly formed to offer immediate support for the 345,000 business owning mothers in Australia now responding to the COVID19 crisis alongside their ongoing family and business needs.

Commencing Thursday 26 March 2020 via www.mumsandco.com.au/covid19, the Taskforce will provide expert coverage and business support for members wherever they are, whenever they wish, whatever the size, sector or location of their business. Resources on topics will include setting up for remote working success with children; making difficult judgements; business law and negotiating losses in times of crisis; safeguarding your health; and technical virtual support.

In the first phase the Mums & CoVID19 Taskforce will deliver:

  • Interactive webinars led by experts inviting community participation at 1100 AEDT daily.
  • Accessible anytime, anywhere COVID19 content and resources via an AI driven chatbot.
  • Access to business and industry advisors via 1:1 and office hours online sessions.
  • 3 months complimentary access to Mums & Co Membership benefits (valid to end Financial Year 30 June 2020).

Mums & Co Co-Founder Carrie Kwan says, “Planning for the short term impact and medium to longer term business recovery is an enormous opportunity for our community. Coming together, we can share vital resources, build camaraderie, and share new ways to come up with a plan and be empowered to manage the dynamic period ahead.”

The Mums & CoVID19 Taskforce making business support accessible to Australian mums includes Jacqui Barrett (Partner, Hall & Wilcox), Angela Kim (Women in AI Australia Education Ambassador), Andy Doran (Executive Manager, CGU), Jo Palmer (Founder & Managing Director Pointer Remote Roles), Aoife O’Connell (Founder Yarnly.AI), Emmy Samtani (Co-Founder, Kiindred), with more to be announced. These experts across corporate partners, community members, small business owners, self employed and sole traders have all generously donated their time.

Women in AI Education Ambassador for Australia and Mums & CoVID19 Taskforce champion Angela Kim says, “When you empower mothers, you empower families. If you empower families then you are helping the nation. The situation is unusual but we have come together to provide fast, smart and sustainable practical solutions to this crisis for Australian mothers in business at their great time of need.”

Mums & Co community and Taskforce member Aoife O’Connell is the Founder and Director of Yarnly.ai SMART team – a Full Service Chatbot & Voice Agency that has developed the Mums & Co chatbot for ‘Mums & Co-VID19’. Aoife says “This is a responsive tour guide for navigating your business through crisis, providing access to resources and support. As a mother and business owner myself, I know first hand how the difference an immediately accessible, technologically enabled support resource can make”.

Further dates of upcoming webinars and detail on the chatbot will be announced in the coming days.

All sessions commence at 1100 AEDT with five minutes housekeeping, 15 minute expert insights and overview, 15 minutes interactive Q&A with Mums & Co members across Australia. Recognising that we are all juggling work, learning and living from home, the official part of the webinar will run for half an hour and be recorded, then shared for others to access when suits them. The remaining 25 minutes available with the expert and those wishing to continue to stay is to share experiences and continue the conversation online.

Dates, details and more information at www.mumsandco.com.au/covid19 on upcoming sessions including (note, all sessions commencing 1100 AEDT):

  • Thursday 26 March; Remote working….with kids! Jo Palmer (Founder & Managing Director Pointer Remote Roles) and Emmy Samtani (Co Founder, Kiindred)
  • Friday 27 March; Leveraging technology to stay ahead with Angela Kim (Women in AI Australia Education Ambassador)
  • Thursday 2 April: Negotiating Business Law in times of crisis with Jacqui Barrett (Partner, Hall & Wilcox)
  • Plus more to be announced!

About Mums & Co

Mums & Co prides itself on being the co-founder its members’ never had, a think-tank to help business growth and a network to support entrepreneurial growth and wellbeing. Co-founded by MD Carrie Kwan and backed by IAG, the Australian community of 10,000+ female business owners has grown since 2016 and provides essential support online, meet-ups around the country and access to business guidance and tailored business services. Find out more at www.mumsandco.com.au

About Mums & Co Membership

Features on the Mums & Co Membership platform will be accessible free until 30 June 2020. All COVID19 related content has been made available free along with many typical member and partner offers and discounts. 30 tokens will be available once you register, valid until 30 June. Typical membership is $39 / month.