On this episode I share my interview with Karen Spenley, a champion for women in STEM with over 20 years in engineering solving problems and coming up with solutions for employees. STEM focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

On work-life balance Karen says;

I think it’s one of those things that’s banded around but I’m not sure anyone understands what it is. I liken it to the Harry Potter partonus spell, that’s different for everyone.


Karen has been working in engineering for over 20 years and more recently in human resources. Her focus centres on improving different areas of peoples lives.

Working part time for the last 7 years, Karen has been juggling her own work-life balance with commitments and home and work. Her husband describes her as ‘brutally efficient’.

Passionate about changing a number of things, including the climate Karen was startled when she did some initial research into the number of women involved with STEM.

Homeward Bound

Karen is a member of Homeward Bound (Team HB4);a ground-breaking leadership initiative, set against the backdrop of Antarctica. It’s a leadership programme aimed at women working in STEM. The community aims to heighten the influence and impact of women in making decisions that shape our planet.

It’s also aimed at training up more women and developing them into leadership roles so that they can be more involved in organisations.

Find out more

If you would like to start a conversation with Karen, you can find her on;



Crowd funding page

Alternatively, find out more about Karen by reading the guest blog; An alternative to mainstream here

If you liked this episode you can leave the show a rating and review on iTunes or the platform that you use to listen to podcasts.

Likewise you can get involved on social media and ask us a question or share your feedback using the hashtag #perfectimbalance.

Certainly check out all the episodes to date here

Tune in next time to hear my interview with Jeremy Snape; Managing Director of Sporting Edge – a company helping leaders and teams in sport & business to succeed. He’s also a former England cricketer, MSc sport psychology, conference speaker and coach.