Category: Diversity

Finding Headspace when Work & Life get the Better of You.

The past few months have been rough.  Life’s gotten busier:  my little girl turned two; I had to start thinking about school plans for my son who starts kindergarten in the fall; my husband and I are planning a family vacation to New Zealand in 4 weeks; we’ve been doing a lot of work in

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5 Times I Fell in Love with my Job

In the spirit of love and the end of Valentine’s Day long weekend, there are a few times in a working parent’s life when you really fall in love with your job.  That love my be fleeting, but it’s real while it lasts.  Here are 5 times I fell in love with my job, after

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The “Have Kids, Will Work” Reading List

At lunch last December, a friend asked me to share a list of books that I recommend she read.  She was looking for ones that would help her get ready for the crazy road ahead – particularly working while having kids.  So I put together a list of four “must read” books that have influenced

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The sad, yet secret, reason many women feel they cannot take a break from the workforce.

One of the things I enjoy doing more than anything else is talking to, working with, and coaching many women (and some men) through the challenges of being a full time parent and full time employee.  Over the past month, three of the women I’ve been working with wanted to discuss the same thing, although

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Thank you for taking paternity leave.

I was overjoyed last Friday when Mark Zuckerberg announced that he does indeed plan to take a full two months off for paternity leave when his daughter is born.  While he’s not taking the full-time off available to him and any other Facebook employee, two months is impressive for a male CEO of such a

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What happens when you stop working from home (WFH)?

Before I transitioned from consumer products into tech, I was aware that people worked from home.  My mom, who was an IT Director at Sun Microsystems, worked almost exclusively from home for her last three or four years in that position.  When I was in high school, in the late 90s, Sun even arranged for

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Why do I write about this stuff? I guess it’s time to share my story.

I’m asked all the time why I write about “this stuff”.  “This stuff” meaning the intersection of being a mother, a parent, and a women in the workplace.  And while I sort of covered this in a previous post, what I’m realizing is that people are actually asking what led me to write about this

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Is it the right time to go part time?

Meaningful part time work is the holy grail of flexibility for many parents out there.  But let’s face it – meaningful part time work is about as elusive as a rainbow unicorn.  When you go part time you have to acknowledge the following: You’re opting out of promotability (or you’re being opted out) You can be

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