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Empowering Experienced Professionals for Successful Career Transitions

Getting Back into the Workforce ~ with Sheila Murphy

  • Mon, May 10, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • VIRTUAL MEETING! Please register to receive login information.


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Getting Back into the Workforce

The coronavirus pandemic has certainly taken a toll on us all, and it has hit caregivers, working women, and those who have lost their jobs because of COVID especially hard. If you are itching to get back to work after an extended career break, this info-packed session is for you! You will learn about:

  • Rapidly changing landscape of work
  • Top challenges of professionals with career breaks and ways to address them
  • Resources for career exploration and upskilling
  • Effective job search strategies for professionals in transition or with career gaps
  • Many other tips for finding flexible work and staying confident while searching for your next opportunity!


When Sheila Murphy was 40 years old life was great. Amazing husband, three kids, financial security. Her mom used to say “life is hard.” Sheila never believed her. Fast forward six months. On a beach in Mexico, her husband collapsed and died of a cardiac arrhythmia. She arrived home to tell her eight, six, and two year old that their dad was dead . . . the hardest thing she had ever done. And then she grieved for two long years . . . the hardest job she ever had. She found herself spending too much time worrying about her kids, and she strongly believed that they needed to see her working. BUT SHE NEEDED FLEXIBILITY. This was the missing link. With the support of two incredible business partners, Sheila started FlexProfessionals. They help talented professionals who have taken career breaks to re-enter the workforce part-time. They help them find meaningful work that allows them flexibility. They also help women and men working full-time to scale back to meet demands at home. In doing so, FlexProfessionals is untapping an incredible talent pool that adds tremendous value to businesses and nonprofits. If you are looking to get back in, to reinvent yourself, to begin a new chapter after a difficult loss, Sheila would love to connect with you.



The 40Plus Monday Morning Speaker Series is sponsored by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA). FCEDA's Talent Initiative Program provides great resources to connect our 40Plus members to hiring companies, agencies and non-profits across Northern Virginia through


Due to the continuing impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, this will be a VIRTUAL MEETING!! Please register online to receive instructions about logging in to the Zoom session. Login instructions will be emailed to all participants who register for the session.