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Retirement: An Unexpected Work/Life Challenge

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.)...

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

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...

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STEM Sisters

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...

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

“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”...

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Work/Life: PAST|NOW|FUTURE

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...

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Is a Political Career & Life Possible?

Is a Political Career & Life Possible?

Is a political career & life possible? That’s the question we tackled through interactive discussions & exercises on work/life as part of the NEW Leadership Ohio program. NEW Leadership is a program at colleges across the US that works to educate and empower college women to take on public leadership roles. 30 women from colleges across Ohio attended the week long program covering a...

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