There’s A Huge Landscape of Flexible Work: Any Industry, Any Location

September 28th, 2018

As the official launch of my book nears, Ambition Redefined: Why the Corner Office Doesn’t Work for Every Woman & What to Do Instead, my premise that all women can work in a flexible way draws enthusiasm, relief and a bit of skepticism, too. Women who have experience in traditionally rigid industries (finance, law, or…

4 Reasons Why You’re Not a “Lightweight” If You Want Flexible Work

July 23rd, 2018

Recently I met with a coaching client who is a young, successful professional at a big New York City bank. She has an MBA from a top school, she has progressed rapidly to a senior level, she has been targeted for big promotions and she’s generally living the dream of what many would call an…

Do Your Homework, Clean Your Room & Always Stay in the Workforce: Advice for Daughters

May 7th, 2018

On Mother’s Day many women will reflect on their roles—thinking about qualities they hope to instill in their children—like honesty, integrity, kindness, the value of hard work and the long-term benefits of keeping your room clean each and every day. What might not be in the line-up…

Work Without Borders: A #RealFlexwork Case Study

February 8th, 2018

When Lauren Patterson was in law school she wasn’t necessarily thinking she would work for big law firms her entire career. She was attracted to the lawyer’s discipline—analytical and organized thinking and the nuts and bolts of conducting business overall. Like others with a newly minted J.D., she began as a litigator—and spent five years…

When it Comes to Childcare, Think Outside the Usual Sandbox

January 10th, 2018

The 2018 mid-term elections will keep the heat on politicians to make childcare more plentiful and affordable. But until significant changes are made, more creative thinking is in order before women at all income levels make the choice to forego work and stay home. Many women decide to avoid childcare expenses and stay home when…

Zip Down Smart Short-Cuts to Flexible Jobs

December 4th, 2017

The best way to find any kind of job—flexible or otherwise—is through relentless networking among people you know and new connections you continually make via LinkedIn and other resources. There are some very viable short-cuts, however, that should be in your flexible job search toolbox. SMALL BUSINESS SPECIALISTS: A frequent concern I hear…

Savor the Full Menu of Flexible Work

December 1st, 2017

Do you still think “work” is defined in one narrow, traditional, more-than-full-time, sell-your-soul way? Time to broaden your horizons! Today many flexwork options exist beyond the obvious “part-time job”. There are actually seven kinds of flexwork that involve compensation from a company other than an entrepreneurial venture of your own: FULL-TIME WORK WITH FLEX HOURS: For many women a “permanent”, full-time…

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…

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…

“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…