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The Best Thing That's Happened For Me Since I Started Working

April 8, 2011
Posted on behalf of Johnson Storage & Moving employee Barbara Collins. In 1986 my husband’s company ceased operations in Texas after 20 years and we decided that raising our preteen and teenager in Colorado was the best move for our family. Being 40 was a rough time to change careers but we both found the perfect fit. He works for a small Engineering firm and I joined the Johnson Storage & Moving company. For 18 years I worked in the office and envisioned this being the job I would retire from. Then in 2004 I was offered the opportunity to join the team that worked at home. I balked, as my manager can attest, thinking I was being put out to pasture. I had doubts about what I was doing and more so what I would be doing. Was this the way for them to test me and slowly ease me out? Then I got a call from another member of our team who had already transitioned to working at home and had suffered through many of the same fears. She told me what a difference it made for her and to her life and to be open minded and try it. This was the best thing that has happened for me and my husband since I started working.

Mommy's On Strike?

March 30, 2011
What if we just stopped having babies? You know, like an ANTI-labor labor movement. This may sound like a silly, made up argument, but right now, women in their childbearing years are "on strike" in something like than 90 countries in Europe and Asia and it's creating serious problems.
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Wal-Mart: Got Class? The Action is Tomorrow

March 28, 2011
Only a cynic would find irony in the Wal-Mart Foundation's $2 million donation to Dress for Success. I'm a cynic, and after you read this, you will be, too. I love Dress for Success . I love the idea of outfitting women returning to the workforce with flattering, confidence-building interview and...

Let's Talk Economy with Ellen Moran

March 27, 2011
I am pleased to announce that I will be hosting another live chat at my blog, MotherTalkers , THIS WEDNESDAY, March 30, at 9 a.m. PT/ 12 p.m. ET. This time, we are speaking with Ellen Moran, chief of staff to Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke. Prior to being appointed to the position on April 23,...
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A Wish List for Moms & Moms-to-be

March 23, 2011
Co-Authored by Michelle Noehren & Michelle Pompei We’ve been advocates for women’s rights for a while and while we have been big supporters of advocating for working moms in particular, nothing really prepared us for what life would be like as we each started our own families. The inequities...
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Shining a light on what healthcare reform means to small business

March 21, 2011
It’s hard to keep up with what’s happening with healthcare reform these days. The new law is complicated. The debate is heated. And entrepreneurs are busy running their businesses, making it hard to stay on top of it all. We’re here to shine some light on the situation. The fact is that the Patient...

Let's Celebrate Women's History Month Together

March 21, 2011
In celebration of women's history month, I am hosting a live chat on my blog, MotherTalkers , on Wednesday, March 30, at 9 a.m. PT/ 12 p.m. ET. We will be speaking with Ellen Moran, chief of Staff to Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke. Prior to being appointed to the position on April 23, 2009, Ellen...
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What About Me?

March 15, 2011
The Huffington Post recently named the growth of workplace flexibility at Fortune 500 companies as one of the top stories of the last decade . That's no surprise if you look at corporate data. A recent survey of CEOs found that the #1 investment challenge facing business in the next decade is "...

Limping Along

March 15, 2011
In the first ten weeks of this year, we've missed 11 days of work due to school holidays or a sick kid. We're not even through the first quarter yet. If the rest of the year is like this quarter, we'll miss more than 40 days of work by the end of the year. How can that be?
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International Women's Day

March 15, 2011
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ March 8 was the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, when our social, political, and economic progress is celebrated all over the world. Truly, our achievements are significant,...
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