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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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Do hawks have work/life issues?

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...

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

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...

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Connecting across Generation & Gender to Achieve Work/Life Goals

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...

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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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