9 Lives for Women Blog

The Dollars and Sense of Women and Work

November 16th, 2017

As a career coach and seminar leader, I’ve met hundreds of “stay-at-home mothers” who spend months—or even years—weighing the pros and cons of returning to work. Though the immediate assumption would be that these women can easily afford never to work again, I’ve learned that even in affluent communities, finances are relatively tight in quite…

Decades of Flexwork Ahead: You’re Defined By Attitude, Not Age

November 5th, 2017

There has never been a better time for women to work as much or as little as they want—for as long as they want. If you need to play catch-up with your retirement savings, there’s no hard stop for work at age sixty-five. Corporations are seeking out seasoned experts who can consult on a wide…

A Home Run “Elevator Pitch” to Land that Coveted Flexible Job

September 28th, 2017

Two of my coaching clients have done a particularly great job of creating an elevator pitch for flexwork—and their examples can help many other smart women with what can be a daunting and exasperating task. What, exactly, is a “60-Second Elevator Pitch”?  It’s a brief advertisement that tells any networking contact who you are and the…

What Women Need to Work at Home

September 27th, 2017

Looking for the ultimate in work flexibility? Many would agree it’s the ability to work at home. There’s nothing better than a 2-minute commute to your desk without the hassle of trains, planes or automobiles. As great as a home office seems, though, it’s not for everyone. Some people just need the structure of an employer’s…

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…