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.
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.
“Reva Seth, author of The Mom Shift, agreed that battling the stereotype of the uncommitted mother remains a top priority in helping to pave the way for women to return. “Since I published The Mom Shift, the reality is that in the boardrooms and hallways of Canada’s organizations and companies, the progress on women being able to enter the work force easily after an extended break really hasn’t changed much at all,” Ms. Seth acknowledged.
However, she remains optimistic that change will happen once men, specifically senior-level baby boomers, continue to seek better work-life balance. “Ironically, these guys are most likely to be the change agents that will benefit returning working moms,” she said.”
This piece by Leah Eichler was published in The Globe & Mail on June 3, 2016.
Last fall, Anne Marie Slaughter came to Toronto to speak about Unfinished Business. She was amazing. Among her most interesting points was her call for a “male movement.” Intrigued, I hosted a post event discussion with six men currently exploring this issue.
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I loved working on this article. Interviewing Anne-Marie Slaughter was such a pleasure, having Kiristin Stewart contribute an additional bonus and it gave the chance to explore a topic that I’ve been thinking and talking about a great deal over the past few months as I see the needs of my own three boys rapidly shifting.
This article first appeared in Fast Company on Tuesday January 19, 2016.