What’s Your Definition of An Ambitious Woman?

June 14th, 2019

What’s your definition of ambitious woman? Since I wrote the book, Ambition Redefined, it’s a question I ask women wherever I go. Most recently I posed the question to a group of women during my presentation at Hayvn, a wonderful new co-working space in Darien, CT. Here’s a sampling of what I heard: An ambitious woman is…

Share With All the Men in Your Life: 10 Reasons Why Your Wife Should Always Work

April 23rd, 2019

We’re in 2019, but it often seems like we’re stuck in time…at about 1952. In my career coaching practice I’m continually amazed to hear lots of women say that their husbands would prefer that they don’t work (even if there is not an excess of household cash). In a surprising number of households, men think the…

Do the Right Math: Cost of Childcare vs. Staying Home

March 21st, 2019

You may be right in the thick of raising young children or your adult children may be long out of the house. But even if potty-training, playdates and homework are a distant memory, we all know women who are struggling to blend work and life. It may be your daughters, nieces, friends or colleagues—in every…

International Women’s Day Message: Don’t Be Afraid to Be An Engaged Investor

March 8th, 2019

Many smart and talented women take the lead on managing people, projects, events, volunteer committees, households and a long list of other responsibilities in personal and professional lives—but when it comes to taking the reins for their own finances…not as much. This was the message at a recent UBS luncheon for women led by Carey Shuffman,…

There’s No Magic Retirement Savings Number: Just Save More (and More)

February 21st, 2019

All the costs of healthcare and daily eldercare make increased longevity a double-edged sword. Of course, we all want to enjoy being healthy and active for as long as possible, but there are an increasing number of years we have to fund. “Catastrophic longevity” is the risk that people will live longer and need more…

Is It OK to Leave the Workforce & Risk Financial Security? Join A LinkedIn Discussion

February 14th, 2019

A woman who stays on top of work+life issues tagged me in Sarah Cottrell’s LinkedIn post announcing that she was leaving the workforce to be at home with her young son. You’ll see that this post is basically going viral. As of this writing nearly 13,000 women (and a few men) have “liked” Sarah’s post—and…

7 Ways to Map Your Ideal Flexwork Job

January 18th, 2019

For current or returning professionals, a job search doesn’t require a degree in rocket science, but it does require a game plan, tenacity, and a strong commitment to keep at it in every possible way. If you don’t want to prolong your search unnecessarily, treat it with as much care, focus and professionalism as you…

Don’t Rule Out Full-Time Jobs As Palatable Flexwork Options

January 2nd, 2019

Flexible work does not always mean reduced hours—and reduced compensation and benefits. Before you give up on or rule out full-time hours—and a full-time salary that could greatly impact your long-term financial security—ask yourself these key questions: Do you need a full-time income … but prefer flexible hours? A full-time, permanent job with flexibility is still…

Lean In to Flexwork that Fits & Funds Your Life

December 18th, 2018

Over the years, I’ve met very few women who’ve told me they want to be a CEO. Though that may be the dream for some, the majority of women I’ve encountered want challenging, interesting work, but shooting for the C-Suite just isn’t their cup of tea. Few women have linear careers; most stop and start…

Keep Working to Be a Role Model to Daughters—And Sons

December 14th, 2018

Are you struggling to blend work and life? Thinking about a “short” career hiatus to be home with children for a critical time period? Look before you leap! Most women who say they’ll leave for a couple of years actually stay out an average of 12. There’s always a “critical time” to be with children—when they’re…