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  • Women & Work

    Paths to Female Leadership in the 21st Century

    Article 1: Resisting the Shadow Identity

    Today’s gender battles are about outgrowing the era of the shadow identity, and erasing the idea that women exist solely in relation to their family members.

    Life is about finding your gift and figuring out how to share it with the world. While family might have a way of planting your feet firmly on the ground, work connects you with the wider universe, far beyond the picket fences.

    Read here.

  • Upcoming books

    A series of debates on what it means to be a woman in the 21st century.

    "In the future,

    there will be

    no female leaders.

    There will just be leaders."

    - Sheryl Sandberg

    Why are females


    in tech?

    "When I look back to my younger self, I would tell myself to be confident first and foremost, to believe in myself, before anyone else because if I believe in myself, then others will too.”

    - Tiffany Pham, Mogul founder

    A story about commitment, modern love, and learning to recognise The One.

    "People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants.

    But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back."

    - Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love

  • Writing about life, love & business

    Read my latest book, "Finding Fulfilling Work" here

  • Career development books

    Finding Fulfilling Work: 

    A 21st Century Career Guide for Millennials

    A book for recent graduates

    Careers have become increasingly complex. Getting a credential and gaining an education have become two separate things. These days, if you want to find work you love, you need to rely on your own exploration instead of waiting for a degree to point you in the right direction. Finding work you love in the 21st century is about taking a LEAN approach to career development (Learn, Experiment, Achieve, Network).


    Available on Amazon here.


    E-book available here.


    Download free sample here.

    Leaving Law: 

    How Others Did It And How You Can Too

    An escape guide for frustrated lawyers

    If you were only going to do the lawyer thing until you figured out what you were really going to do with your life... you're in luck. This is the ultimate companion for lawyers who want to escape their profession but are sceptical about career counsellors. Easy to read, it has inspiring anecdotes, frameworks from internationally leading career change experts, and immediately actionable tips and exercises to help you build a career transition strategy.


    Available on Amazon here.


    E-book available here now.


    Download free sample here.

    8 Ways to Escape the MBA Debate

    Skip the confusion and make an informed decision

    An MBA can make or break your career, but the investment is daunting. Is it really worth it?


    Through hundreds of hours of research, interviews with graduates of the world's top business schools, and insights from successful entrepreneurs who have deliberately decided to avoid an MBA, this is the definitive guide to help you answer, "Should I get an MBA?"


    E-book available here now.


    Download free sample here. 

  • Background

    Adele Barlow is the author of "Women & Work: Paths to Female Leadership in the 21st Century" (release date November 2016). Her book “Finding Fulfilling Work: A 21st Century Career Guide for Millennials” was based on her years working with career change platform Escape the City. She is passionate about coaching female digital talent and has written over 30 pieces for the Huffington Post on gender equality and entrepreneurial career development. She has spoken at Google, General Assembly, The Guardian, King's College, the New Entrepreneurs Foundation, and will be speaking on gender relations at Cambridge University in December 2016. She co-founded award-winning social enterprise yMedia and has also worked in startup content marketing with Lexoo and Virgin.


    More details on Linkedin here


    I co-founded yMedia, which went on to become an award-winning social enterprise supported by Microsoft, IBM, and Saatchi & Saatchi, producing digital campaigns for charities around New Zealand.

    Escape the City

    Escape the City is a London-based 

    community of corporate professionals who want to do something different with their careers. I helped to develop and launch their education initiatives.


    Lexoo is a curated online marketplace of specialist business lawyers, revolutionising the legal industry through delivering full price transparency. As marketing manager, I ran content and partnerships.

  • Articles

    Huffington Post column here

    Why Female Entrepreneurs Are Scared to Lean In

    We have devalued what was traditionally considered women's work

    If you choose to pursue your own dreams instead of existing to support those of a man, you no longer need to apologise. Yet no matter how progressive we like to think we are...


    Top 10 tips for female entrepreneurs

    More women are taking the plunge and launching their own businesses

    If you want to feel good about making strides with building your business, you need to be around women who are comfortable with ambition and dreaming big.


    It's Okay Not to Be Passionate About Your Day Job

    Today's workplace seems to be much more than just a marketplace

    For millennials, 'work' has almost taken on a spiritual obligation - it has become a place where we are meant to find meaning and redeem not only ourselves but also the world around us.


    The Importance of Failure

    Any start-up exists because it is trying to achieve product-market fit

    You can be the best experimenter in the world but you still can’t control the results. You can only become better at influencing certain variables and reducing the time it takes you to synthesise the results into an action plan.  


    Overcoming the Overachiever's Quarter-Life Crisis

    If the answers were easy, there would be no stories to tell

    The more stories I hear, the more I realise that an impasse makes it is easy to feel anchorless, yet I am reminded by our members on a daily basis that we are lost only until we search for what may have been inside us all along.


  • Coaching clients

    I trained in cognitive behavioural coaching with the British Psychological Society

    and coached millennials from the following organisations, which inspired my early books on career change.

  • Past speaking engagements


    Training EMEA Product Marketing Managers

    Girl Geek Meetup

    Sharing lessons about online community growth

    General Assembly

    Teaching social media strategies for startups

    King's College

    Recruitment event: finding a job in tech startups

    The Guardian

    Instructor for digital masterclass on iterative product development

    NZ Trade & Enterprise

    Keynote speaker on upcoming social media trends

    KEA (Kiwi Expat Association)

    Training SME owners in digital skills


    Panel speaker with Conservative MP and The Sunday Times Editorial Director

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