How Do You Define An Ambitious Woman? (She’s Not Always the One Scrambling to the Top)

April 2nd, 2019

At the recent Johns Hopkins Women’s Leadership Conference, Desiree Younge, the Vice President of Programs for the Tory Burch Foundation set a powerful tone in the opening session by speaking about the event theme, authenticity. She said that authenticity begins by telling yourself “I am enough. I am clear about who I am.” Her next…

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…

How Employers Can Finally Resolve the Work & Family Disconnect

January 24th, 2019

It’s no secret that employers—especially big corporations—have largely turned a blind eye to the fact that many women have not one, but three big jobs—a professional role and equally time-consuming and complex roles caring for children and aging parents. It’s great that millennial men are surpassing their fathers in their contributions to household chores and…

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…

The Interview: Square One for Flexibility

December 3rd, 2018

Many women want to work full-time for a variety of professional, personal, and financial reasons. But because of family caregiving, they often want that full-time work to be within a flexible schedule. The question is: Is it possible to secure suitable employment that offers this type of flexibility? The answer is yes! The easiest way to land…