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Birth Stories.

Me on my second birthday. My Mom  is 23 here. My Dad is 33.

Me on my second birthday. My Mom is 23 here. My Dad is 33.

Friday May 11th

1:30 am

Dear Kate,

Eleven years ago tonight – I was alone with my eldest son for the first time in the maternity ward of the Royal Free Hospital in London.

I was 29 and it was 8 days till my birthday.

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CBC The Current: Talking Mandatory Paternity Leave

CBC The Current

I love this show- and the national conversations it starts.

I’m also in awe of the host – Anna Maria Tremonti - and so having the chance to speak with her about the incredible impact that mandatory paternity leave would have was both nerve wracking and quite cool.

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How Parents Can Raise Empathetic Leaders In Trump’s America

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This piece was first published in Fast Company on November 18, 2016.

I’ve never been able to sit through a full episode of The Apprentice. President-Elect Donald Trump’s management and communication style flashes me back to my own three-month stint working with a boss like that.

It gives me an instant migraine.

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Ignoring the gap

I found this on my phone I love it but I can't remember where I saw it or who it's by. Ideas?

I found this on my phone I love it but I can’t remember where I saw it or who it’s by. Ideas?

Thursday October 26th
Montebello

Kate – I finally managed to do it – get a letter up again!

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Women In The House: The Persons Day Panel

Person’s Day is an example of the ultimate nudge policy change, a small shift with a powerful and positive ripple effect.

It remembers the October 18, 1929 decision that ruled that women were finally considered “persons” under the law in Canada.

And it meant that women could have the right to hold office in House of Commons & the Senate.

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Five Reasons Women Need To Talk More Openly About What They Earn

 

 

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I usually write about issues, ideas or situations that I’m struggling to better navigate or figure out – this piece on getting better at negotiating and talking about money is the perfect example.  I wrote this for Fast Company and ironically, I was not paid for the piece…
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5 Leadership Lessons From Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

I might the only Canadian left who doesn't have a selfie...

I might the only Canadian left who doesn’t have a selfie…

This article was first published in Fast Company on June 29, 2016.

This week, just two months after the much-debated elbowing incident in the Canadian Parliament, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau landed on the cover of a Marvel comic book.

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Mandatory Paternity Leave Is An Investment In Career And Family

R & the boys at the local pool

R & 2 of the boys…

This post was first published in The Huffington Post  on June 17th 2016.

Father’s Day is the perfect time to say this: I regret the name of my last book, The MomShift: Women Share Their Stories of Career Success After Kids, because for the past year or so every time I say the title I feel like I am unintentionally further sidelining dads from the conversation and issue of work, parenting and care.

And that’s the exact opposite of what’s needed.

While Canadian dads are more involved with family life than ever before, currently, only one in 10 eligible Canadian fathers claims parental-leave benefits (a number that has held constant since the mid-2000s).

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I explained tampons – and it was a moment.

A happy tampon.

June 28, 2016
A Hotel Deck

Dear Kate,

Since turning 40 my never all that well organized life/in-box/to do list seems to have reached a new level of chaos – hence the unintended mini sabbatical on letters….oddly I regularly think letters to you that I don’t end up writing.

Lots going on -but what comes to mind today is that I had one of those rare parenting moments: when good intention meets the realization that actually in midst of the all demands it creates, parenting is also an incredible social impact opportunity.

It’s something mainstream culture actually needs to talk about more – because it would help us re-frame and value care so much more than we currently do.

All of this from a tampon commercial.

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5 Steps For Turning “Let’s Get A Coffee” Into A Productive Career Move

This piece was first published in Fast Company on June 3, 2016.

I recently had a “coffee meeting” with a global leader in my field. It had been booked almost three months earlier and had me (happily) taking a car, plane, train, and jitney each way to meet her. We hadn’t explicitly set an agenda or defined the purpose of our chat—but all the effort to make it happen was well worth it.

The truth is that these informal meetings can sometimes prove the most consequential of your career. But it’s easy to be deceived by the casualness of an invitation to grab a coffee and imagine these opportunities are less important than they can be. They aren’t actually job interviews or pitch meetings, but they’re more intentional than chance conversations at networking events.
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