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

October 9, 2012
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 role confers. Leave the woman alone, right? She just had a baby! And if she's like most of us, right about now she's sleep-deprived, sore-nippled and shocked at the new world she just entered of human infant needs. But here's why what...
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The Impact of Technology on Our Work and Family Lives

October 9, 2012
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 eve of Apple's unveiling of the iPhone 5, 45% of American adults own smartphones." This reflects a 10% increase from May 2011. In addition, " smartphones are particularly popular with young adults and those living in relatively higher income households; 66% of those ages 18-...

5 Steps to Building a High-Commitment Workplace

October 7, 2012
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 time I didn’t really know what that was. The business structure was initially created out of necessity. But indeed, that is how I have worked, in my company as well as a few prior corporate and entrepreneurial assignments. So how did I figure this out?...
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The New Girls’ Network: “The Polite Little Girl in the Room”?

October 2, 2012
Every year The Center for WorkLife Law, which I direct, runs a leadership academy for women law firm partners . One key message we send is that sometimes what it takes to make partner is different from what it takes to rise in the partnership. “I’ve noticed that the women work so exceptionally hard,” said a management consultant, when I asked her whether she thought women have to Prove It Again! “It’s really hard for anyone to be biased against them because they are doing above and beyond many of their male peers.” This could be, she continued, because they sense the bias. Or it could be that...
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HLN Featuring Mompreneurs

September 25, 2012
Today, on Making It In America , Vinnie Politan will feature Holly Reisem Hanna who is a mom entrepreneur committed to helping other women successfully start their own businesses. Her book, The Work at Home Woman is a site dedicated to mom entrepreneurs. The show airs today at 4 p.m. Eastern. Making it in America takes viewers into the struggles and triumphs of people trying to carve out their own path to the American Dream. Viewers will leave armed with ideas they can use in their own lives. Making it in America inspires you to take a risk, reinvent yourself and live your own American dream...
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Comcast Worker's Story Reminds Us of Why We're Here

September 25, 2012
You’ve heard of Reddit, right? It’s a social link sharing site with a very active user base, and it’s called the front page of the internet. On Reddit, they do this thing called “AMA” (ask me anything) where users will post their occupation and answer any question they’re asked from other users. Anyway, there was an AMA from a Comcast employee the other day that was called to our attention. And when Cali and I read it (reddit.. see what I did there), it just pretty much blew our minds. It was so familiar, and it’s the kind of thing that drives us to make Results-Only Work Environment the new...
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The Best Anti-Poverty Program? Effective Scheduling of Hourly Workers

September 21, 2012
Susan Lambert , Associate Professor at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and the author of a much-discussed op-ed in yesterday's New York Times , once told me that she gets a lot of grief. "You study what," say her social work friends. "Scheduling?" I am happy Susan's brilliant work is getting the attention it deserves , because reshaping schedules of low-income workers is actually the single best shot we currently have at an anti-poverty program. Susan makes bold proposals for the redesign of the Fair Labor Standards Act that deserve serious attention. But,...
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Eat, Read, Sleep

September 20, 2012
Back-to-school night: With four kids, I’ve attended a few. Last night the Principal at my children’s grade school delivered an opening message worth memorizing: Eat, read, sleep. Families today are busy! It sounds trite, but it’s true. With 24/7 connectivity, a recession, and a global economy, most parents are working longer hours than ever. The majority of American households have two parents in the paid workforce; hence, the Principal’s heartfelt message: try to eat dinner together as a family, sans gadgets! Even if some are absent because of extra-curricular activities, sit down with those...
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It Shouldn’t Be A Heavy Lift: Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Introduced in Senate

September 19, 2012
By Emily Martin , Vice President and General Counsel, and Liz Watson , Senior Advisor, National Women's Law Center Heather got fired from Wal-mart for carrying a water bottle. Natasha was forced onto unpaid leave and then fired because her district manager at Rent-A-Center found out she needed help with occasional heavy lifting on the sales floor. Sarah* lost her job at a fast food restaurant for taking bathroom and water breaks. What do all of these women have in common ? They were all pregnant. All they needed were minor adjustments to continue safely working during pregnancy. They didn’t...
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Michelle Obama is Not Mom-In-Chief: Who Is?

September 14, 2012
Motherhood, apple pie and a good speech: Michelle Obama hit the bull's eye in her Democratic Convention speech . But naming herself "mom-in-chief"--while endearing--missed the mark. Much ink has spilled already over her use of the phrase "mom-in-chief": "If you feel let down by an arc that begins with anti-colonialism, immigration and women being dragged to jail, but returns to the cult of motherhood, you're not alone." ( Irin Carmon at Salon.com). The speech was "amazing" but the phrase led to "oratorical whiplash." ( Janice D'Arcy in The Washington Post ). "She looked the nation in the eye...
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