Embracing Childless Elderhood with Jody Day
Aging without children is one of the biggest fears of childless women. Join Jody Day as she shares her wisdom on how we can embrace childless elderhood. Engaging with our elderhood planning helps us feel much less fearful about it. Instead, we find ourselves focusing on what we really want our elderhood to look and feel like, and what steps we need to take to make that a reality.
- Jody DayPsychologist, Author & Founder, Gateway Women
Jody Day (she/her) is the 57-year-old British founder of Gateway Women, the global friendship, support & advocacy network for childless women (founded 2011) and is the author of the ‘go to’ book on the subject, ‘Living the Life Unexpected: How to Find Hope, Meaning and a Fulfilling Future Without Children’ (PanMac 2016/2020).
Chosen as one of the BBC’s 100 Women in 2013 & awarded UK Digital Woman of the Year (2nd place) in 2021, she’s a global thought leader on female involuntary childlessness, a psychotherapist, a TEDx speaker, a social entrepreneur, a founding and former board member at Ageing Well Without Children and a former Fellow in Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School.
Often referred to as the ‘voice of the childless generation’ she’s also an Ambassador for both World Childless Week and PLICA (Australia). She lives in Ireland where she’s writing a novel (featuring a childless heroine of course!) and also nurturing the emerging Gateway Elderwomen project for ‘conscious childless elderwomen’.
- Katy SeppiFounder, Chasing Creation
Katy Seppi (she/her) is designing an unexpectedly childfree life after infertility. After her hysterectomy in 2017, she started Chasing Creation to provide support, resources and community for those who are also involuntarily childless. In addition to the Childless Collective Summit, she offers: a monthly, virtual Childless Support Circle; monthly Childless Chat Webinars with special guests; and online workshops. She holds a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Georgia with an emphasis in community empowerment and program development.