I started my first business, a communications consultancy in the UK eleven years ago. It was a super stressful time, my partner had also recently launched a media start up and we had just become parents. There were cash flow ups and downs, the highs of winning clients and the pressure of scrambling to make up for contracts that weren’t renewed and deals that didn’t close.
Studies show that 30 percent of startups fail due to the emotional state of their founders; 72 percent of entrepreneurs deal with some type of mental illness and, in turn, 49 percent of first-degree relationships (spouses, partners, children and parents) will develop mental health issues themselves from the second-hand stress of the entrepreneur.
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).
Boy 2 supporting The Hon. Chrystia Freeland during her by-election
This piece was first published in The Huffington Post on Saturday May 28th.
These next few days are like festival season for political people: in Winnipeg the Liberal party is gathering for the 2016 Biennial Convention while over in Vancouver, the Conservative Party are also in the midst of their national convention.
Gender equity and increasing the number of female candidates will be a hot topic for both. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his core team have made this a clear priority for this Liberal Party and for the Conservatives, a more gender inclusive party has to be an essential part of their renewal efforts.
The bar has been raised on expectations.
Bryce Canyon at sunrise. This was good my mental health.
This article was first published in Fast Company on May 4th, 2016.
By one recent measure, companies are now pouring over $70 billion a year into corporate training in the U.S., an investment that’s been growing at record rates in years following the recovery from the last financial crisis.
But there’s one area that most of those resources will barely touch: mental wellness. That’s despite growing evidence of a serious need for employers to step up and take better care of their employees’ mental health.
Boy 1 seems like 9 going on 19. Shriek!
“Adolescence is the optimal time to be deliberately, positively and proactively shaping norms on gender and care.”
This piece first appeared in The Huffington Post on March 8, 2016.
This piece first appeared in The Huffington Post on December 21, 2011 but since then I re-share each year – and it’s become one my few (but maybe a favourite?) holiday tradition.
B3 meets Santa b/c I’m not a total grinch.
At five and two my kids are still young enough to truly believe in Santa and so, I’m currently doing my best to hide my hatred for the fat man in the bad suit.
This post first appeared in The Huffington Post on September 9th, 2015.