What’s Our Story?

It’s Been a Journey, Ya’ll!

Hi, I’m Belma – the CEO & Founder of Work Bigger.

  • May 2005
  • 2005-12
  • 2012
  • 2014
  • Jan 2016
  • Sept 2016
  • June 2017
  • April 2018
  • July 2005

    I start my first job out of college in media. I’m ambitious, ready and excited! 

  • 2005-2012

    A few months into my first job, I start to feel disconnected from my work. Maybe I just need a change? Soon, I’ve moved on to the next opportunity. I’m checking off all the right boxes, and I keep doing the “right” things but 7 years into my career, I still lack confidence, feel burned out and eventually purpose-less. 

  • 2012

    I go back to graduate school because isn’t grad school the solution to all of our career problems? And while in B-school, I see that we’re approaching this whole career thing all wrong. We’re told to network, polish up our resumes and create “ideal” company lists without asking and answering the bigger questions of who we are and what we want. So we go from job to job hoping the next opportunity that comes our way will finally be the right thing! And it’s not…

  • June 2014 – Nov 2015

    Graduation! I’m ready to solve this massive problem I’ve identified, so I co-found a company called BOULD, a career change platform for women. But 1.5 years in, we shut it down. I’m burned out…starting (my first) company on the side while working full time at the largest news organization in the world and adjusting to #momlife is exhausting. 

  • Jan 2016

    Writing becomes my therapy. And because there’s still not a solution to finding work you love (aka articles on “Top 5 ways to update your resume” really aren’t doing it) I launch a career blog www.belmamccaffrey.com while adjusting to #momlife and working at the Associated Press. This time burn out is not an option. 

  • Sept 2016

    I negotiate a part time role at my company so I can start building this new platform. I go from a blog to building programming and launch the Work Bigger Pilot, a program that teaches individuals to dig deep so they can work from a mission-driven, connected place and leverage work to create a more conscious world. We have sign ups immediately! 

  • June 2017

    We launch the Work Bigger Community on Facebook because #bettertogether Let’s stop the awkward networking and build safe spaces for people going through transitions. 

  • April 2018

    From a blog to a program to a community – we’ve built a platform and launch this awesome website (if we do say so ourselves)! Now, our goal is to support your career change but we’re not here to offer cover letter or resume advice (resumes are dead anyway and I bet acing your resume hasn’t worked for you so far).
    We’re here to radically change your career transition experience from one that’s demoralizing and stressful to one that’s empowering and badass. We’re here to change how you think so you can find growth and success, use you talents to improve our planet, and get paid doing so. #BAM

Belma McCaffrey, CEO & Founder

Challenging the status quo and questioning everything gets me super fired up. My mission is to help you succeed and reach your full potential – because the work you do matters and has a direct impact on your community and the world at large.

I bring a big vision and strategic mindset to Work Bigger. I’m also a career and leadership coach, a community builder, a writer, and a program developer.

When I’m not working, I’m hanging out with my family (husband and two boys) in Hoboken, NJ, traveling, reading something business or personal development related, and eating (lots of cheese) and drinking (lots of wine).