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Retirement: An Unexpected Work/Life Challenge

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in Community Groups, Corporations, Employee Resource Group, Virtual Café | 0 comments

Retirement: An Unexpected Work/Life Challenge

I started my career in the age of “you can have it all” in the late 1970’s. Over the next 40 years, my husband and I had four children while we both worked. I enjoyed my career and loved my family. But, like others, I struggled to find the trade-offs to create a manageable work/life blend. “You can have it all” was impossibly stressful! (Most likely jump starting the work/life balance movement.) So, I was sure when it was my time to retire I’d enjoy life on a soft sofa, Bruce Springsteen music in the background and a pile of books at my side....

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How has Work/Life changed for Boomers? Then vs Now.

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 in Community Groups, Corporations, Employee Resource Group | 0 comments

How has Work/Life changed for Boomers?  Then vs Now.

The Traditionalist generation had a cultural norm that “men worked and women stayed home with the children.”  But then, a work/life shift occurred in the 1970’s. Boomer generation women joined the workforce at increasingly higher levels. I entered the workforce as a chemical engineer in 1979 at the steepest part of the curve. Boomer women in the 1970’s and 80’s experienced a time of exhilarating, but exhausting clashes of work/life expectations. (Per Anne-Marie Slaughter we believed we could have it all!)   Gen X and Millenial...

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Do hawks have work/life issues?

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 in Corporations, Employee Resource Group | 0 comments

Do hawks have work/life issues?

I had the pleasure of speaking on my favorite topic – work/life pursuit – with the members of the Scotts Women’s Network at their HQ situated in the rural beauty of Marysville, Ohio.  The venue was a Lunch & Learn sponsored by WELD (Women for Economic Leadership & Development). In the middle of the Lunch & Learn we had a visitor come join us.  A hawk swooped down next to the conference room window…with her lunch.  Ewww!  After enjoying the nature show (see video below), we got back on topic. Before the event, I had surveyed...

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Inspired by Walla Walla

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Corporations | 0 comments

Inspired by Walla Walla

One can’t help but to be inspired looking out at the rolling hills in Walla Walla WA.  I was in Walla Walla and in the mood for inspiration.  I conducted a Work Life Pursuit workshop for the Corps of Engineers. The workshop was enriched by the diversity of the participants. Occupations: Park Ranger, Budget Analyst, Accountant, Environmental Compliance, Fish/Water Quality Assurance, Electrician, Small Business Liaison… among others. Demographics: 75% men/25% women; 55% married/45% single; 25% childfree/ 75% parents; 33%...

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Book Review: “You Raised Us – Now Work With Us” – A Fresh Look at Millennials in the Multigenerational WorkForce

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Corporations, Employee Resource Group, Virtual Café | 0 comments

Book Review: “You Raised Us – Now Work With Us” – A Fresh Look at Millennials in the Multigenerational WorkForce

You Raised Us – Now Work With Us by Lauren Stiller Rikleen will appeal to all generations who work in today’s multigenerational workforce.  The book focuses on Millennials as they march forward to becoming 75% of the workforce in 2025. As a mom of four Millennials, a former corporate executive and now a speaker on the topic of work/life, the title alone attracted me to this book. Although written in a familial style, this book is focused on the workplace. Here’s why you should read this book: 1) We need to get along. Diversity by age is a...

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STEM Sisters

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Community Groups | 0 comments

STEM Sisters

Excited to be talking with STEM Sisters at Dublin Coffman High School in Ohio.  After 30 plus years in Engineering, I’ll tell them to go for it!  There are obstacles for women, but do it your way, be confident in your choices and it can pay off in a great career. In this video, Karen Murphy of Work Life Pursuit, shares her experience as a woman plant manager in the STEM field.  Karen conducts keynotes, workshops, lunch & learns and mastermind groups for corporations, associations and civic groups to pay forward what she’s...

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Connecting across Generation & Gender to Achieve Work/Life Goals

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Corporations, Employee Resource Group | 0 comments

Connecting across Generation & Gender to Achieve Work/Life Goals

Have you ever felt isolated due to your generation or gender?  I was honored to be the first webinar speaker for Women In Metalcasting, a special interest group sponsored by The American Foundry Society focused on providing a platform for women for networking, mentorship and the sharing of ideas, experiences and best practices.  We talked about making connections across generations and gender to achieve work and life goals.  Read the excerpt below. Don’t you wish people didn’t make assumptions about you based on your generation?  Just a few...

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“Extra Hour” Provides a Clue to Work/Life Blend

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Community Groups, Employee Resource Group | 0 comments

“Extra Hour” Provides a Clue to Work/Life Blend

I was part of a Work/Life panel at a WELD Ohio event entitled  “You Can’t Do It All, So Get Help.”   I polled the all female audience on the question… “What would you do with an Extra Hour?” The answer gives you a clue to what may be missing in your work/life blend – that special ingredient you may be craving to add some quality to your life. The top answer was “Time for Self” – a response you might expect, since women are known for nurturing others, but not so much themselves. The next answer was that ever elusive “Sleep” –...

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Work/Life: PAST|NOW|FUTURE

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Community Groups, Corporations, Employee Resource Group | 0 comments

Work/Life: PAST|NOW|FUTURE

I attended the June 18-21, 2014 Work & Family Researchers Network (WFRN) Conference in New York City, Changing Work & Family Relationships in a Global Economy. About 700 Work/Life Researchers and Practitioners from 42 countries presented their  research on how work/life has evolved.  Here’s a taste of what I learned & a reading list.  PAST: Work/Life became popular in the 1970’s as women entered the workforce I entered the workforce in 1979 at the steepest part of the curve. Work/Life was about work and life as separate...

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