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Take the Quiz: What’s Your Life Surprise Index?

September 14th, 2017

Check all that are possible in your life: Your own job loss A partner’s job loss Inconsistent income for your household’s major breadwinner Unexpected financial support for 1 to 4 elderly parents/in-laws Long-term financial support for adult children Major illness in immediate family and unreimbursed medical expenses Long-term disability…

You Can Change Industries & Gain Flexibility When You Connect the Dots

September 9th, 2017

Though flexibility can be found at most companies, more evolved work structures in your particular industry or work function may be far and few between. Getting to a more progressive company means that you have to zero in on your key skills and show exactly how they can be applied to a new area. To illustrate, I’ll use a story from my own career…

“Work at Home”: All Work and No Playdough

July 28th, 2017

Pamela La Gioia, the CEO of Chicago-based Telework Recruiting, wisely points out that flexwork is not a substitute for childcare. Pamela’s company helps professionals find work that can be done at home, but she knows that work cannot be done simultaneously with dress-up, tea parties or playing blocks. If you plan to work at home and…

15 Women Share Wisdom On Work+Life Decisions & Financial Security

July 14th, 2017

As research for my upcoming book, I’ve connected with so many interesting women nationwide. They’ve shared great wisdom about the impact of work and life decisions on their long-term financial security. In their words there is evidence that it’s smart to always “find the work that fits your life”—even small part-time jobs—as a cushion against…

“Lean In” the Direction of Financial Security

July 5th, 2017

Lean in or out? The smart answer has less to do with your career aspirations or parenting commitment and more to do with your pocketbook. Many women need to lean in the direction of financial security. If you are lucky to live in a high-income household that continually generates the right level of savings for a…

Not So Elusive After All: 5 Tips To Find Flexible Work

June 8th, 2017

Work flexibility can seem like a fairytale—with a happy ending for only a lucky few. It really does exist in large scale ways at some big, progressive companies. It can also be found in smaller-scale, sometimes under-the-radar ways at many companies of every other size. This is a note I received from one woman who feels…

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