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Marissa Mayer Edict Reinforces Regressive Work Place Practices

Posted March 12th, 2013 by

This is an e-mail that MomsRising.org received at its member feedback “line”: feedback@momsrising.org. So, once again Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer moves a pinky and the 24-hour news hounds start fanning the flames of discord among the working world’s haves and have-nots – pitting parents, non-parents, caretakers and others against one another. (For those who missed [...]

Lean In, Chin Up and Tune Out

Posted March 12th, 2013 by

I’ve been thinking a lot about women and our place in society the last couple of weeks. This is appropriate, as it is Women’s History Month and was kicked off at PBS with “Makers,” a three-hour documentary on the “second-wave” women’s movement.I sat down to watch it last weekend and was enthralled. I am old [...]

New Moms Can Lean In Too: Take Your Infant to Work

Posted March 12th, 2013 by

The volcanic national debate about women, work, and family erupts weekly these days, with Sheryl Sandberg’s much-anticipated book, Lean In, published yesterday, the news last week that Best Buy ended its flexible work-from-home ROWE initiative, and Marissa Mayer’s ban on remote working at Yahoo! the week before. The Mayer memo said Yahoo! needs workers side-by-side [...]

As Women, We Are Our Own Best Source of Inspiration

Posted March 12th, 2013 by

For many of us moms, success is too often defined and driven by outside factors and interpretations of what and how we “should” do things. I just finished Sheryl Sandberg’s book which came out today and I think she perpetuates this view. She talks about leaning into a career by reaching for opportunities, taking a [...]

Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer: ‘Lean In’ and Get Your Butt to the Office!

Posted March 12th, 2013 by

This blog post originally appeared in PunditMom. Lean in! Take charge! No fear! Out with flex-time! In with face time! These are the messages two of the highest-profile working mothers in America are sending to the rest of us. If Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, and Marissa Mayer, Yahoo!’s Chief Executive Officer, have their way, [...]

Working Women Blues

Posted February 27th, 2013 by

This story originally appeared in the Carolyn Edgar blog. There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about women in the workplace. From Anne-Marie Slaughter’s complaining about not “having it all,” to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg exhorting women to “lean in” to their careers (translation: suck it up) and not let little things like babies [...]

Changes We Need in the Workplace… what you can do!

Posted October 29th, 2012 by

(this post was originally published in my blog, LadydeeLG, on July 18, 2012.) Yesterday I commented on Ms. Mayer’s thoughts and focused on what her non-existent maternity leave could say to employers and employees about the expectations and needs of working mothers (and parents) or what employers could demand from employees as a result. Today, I [...]

Will Marissa Mayer’s Baby Give Birth to a Leader?

Posted October 9th, 2012 by

How fitting that Marissa Mayer birthed her baby on the eve of National Work and Family month. Yet she disappoints other moms, bloggers and work-family advocates by stating she’ll work throughout her maternity leave, appearing on Fortune Magazine‘s cover in a decidedly not-pregnant glam shot and remaining silent about the feminist status her new power-mom-CEO [...]

The Impact of Technology on Our Work and Family Lives

Posted October 9th, 2012 by

This blog was originally posted on October 2, 2012 on the Huffington Post   I’ve been thinking a lot about the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) on our work and family lives and continue to be fascinated by this topic. The Pew Internet & American Life Project reported this September that, “on the [...]

5 Steps to Building a High-Commitment Workplace

Posted October 7th, 2012 by

In 2004 I co-founded a digital strategy company that focuses on inbound marketing (i.e., getting clients found via the Internet). My team consists of independent contractors that work virtually throughout the US as well as in other countries. In talking with Joan Blades, I learned that we worked under a high-commitment workplace model. At the [...]

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