Meghan Peterson Fenn
I am an American expat, entrepreneur and mother and I’ve lived in England since 1998. After graduating from university with a BA in English and Art, I became an English teacher and lived and worked in Prague (where I met my British husband) for two years and then in Tokyo for two and a half years. I moved to England to complete my Masters degree in Design Studies and then worked as a web designer at a company in Nottinghamshire. After being made redundant whilst pregnant with my 2nd child, I set up my own web and graphic design company which I ran until 2015. I then founded another company – Shake It Up Creative Ltd, a full service design and marketing company based in Sussex.
I have written and published a book called Bringing Up Brits: Expat Parents Raising Cross-Cultural Kids in Britain, published by LIP. My book is available from Amazon and on Kindle and via other online bookstores, in paperback book and electronic formats.
I am also an award winning expat blogger and write a blog about life as a parent. I have written articles and blog posts for other expat blogs such as Expat Explorer and Expat Health.
I currently live in Worthing, England with my British husband and our three young children, Samuel (15), Anna Grace (13) and Jonah (7).
Heidi Mulligan Walker
I was an American expat for 18 years and returned to the US in July 2012 after living abroad since 1994, first in the UK for 16 years and most recently in Beijing, China. After completing university in the US with a BA in psychology I relocated to the UK for what was meant to be 6 months, during that time I met my husband Jim and as they say the rest is history.
I completed my Masters degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management at The London School of Economics and went on to have a very successful career as a Human Resources Director within the Financial Services Industry in London holding roles at Swiss Re, GE and Bloomberg.In 2009, just before my 40th birthday, I realised that it was time for a change. I wanted to have more creativity in my day to day life and I also wanted to work more closely with people and not just HR processes.
I retrained as a Life Coach and NLP Practitioner and launched my Life Coaching business, The Difference Life Coaching, in the Fall of 2010 three months before we relocated to China with my husband’s job. While in Beijing I was able to continue my coaching business working with clients locally as well as in the UK, and the US.
During this time I also discovered Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) and I became certified as a P.E.T. Instructor. I had just completed teaching my 4th P.E.T. course and was looking forward to formalising my business in China when my husband was offered a great opportunity working in the US and I am now very excited about launching my business in the US.
I currently live in the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina with my British husband and our three children, Madison (15), Cole (12) and Donovan (7).
Heidi’s website: www.theparentingdifference.com