Unpaused Founder, Judy Stewart, explains how the seed for the Unpaused project was first planted on International Women’s Day 2011. Renowned journalist and writer Caroline Baum probes Judy about her own pauses and restarts as well as how dramatically the opportunities for professional and corporate women to come back from the career wilderness have improved with the advent of the push for gender equality at work. We hear Judy’s thoughts on how gender equality can be as much an economic opportunity for businesses if they work to retrieve talented women who have taken a career break as it is for the women who are re-engaged in the workplace in a meaningful way — that it can be a win-win for both sides.

Caroline’s Bio:

Journalist and broadcaster Caroline Baum is the author ofONLY, A Singular Memoir (published in 2017) and a contributor to two anthologies: My Mother My Father: On Losing a Parent and Rebellious Daughters.

She is the winner of the Hazel Rowley Award for 2015. In 2018 she became the State Library of NSW inaugural Reader in Residence.

Caroline was the founding editor of Good Reading Magazine, a former features editor of Vogue Australia, and the presenter of ABC TV’s book show Between the Lines, as well as executive producer of ABC Radio National’s live daily arts show, Arts Today. She was Editorial Director of Booktopia for four years and has also worked for News Ltd, The BBC, Time Life Books, British Vogue, and London Weekend Television. 

In 2008 she produced and co-wrote the SBS documentary In Search of Bony about crime writer Arthur Upfield.

On stage, Caroline has interviewed some of the world’s greatest writers and performers including dancer Sylvie Guillem, actress Juliette Binoche, comedienne Jennifer Saunders and Alice Walker, Colm Toibin, Lionel Shriver, Helen Garner, Edmund de Waal, to name but a few… She has also been a judge for literary awards including the Stella Prize, NSW Premiers Literary Awards and Kibble Awards and has curated events for the Sydney Opera House and the Sherman Foundation. 

As an MC, Caroline has moderated events for clients including The School of LIfe, Lend Lease, Relationships Australia and MAd Mondays a series of talks about the future of the food community with Kylie Kwong.