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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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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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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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Doors still hard to pry open for moms re-entering the work force

“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.

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Gender Equity: We Need A Genuine Shift In The Political Landscape

Boy 2 supporting The Hon. Chrystia Freeland during her by-election

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.

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Optimal Nudges: Template For A Better To Do List

Template One: Trying to create a better to do list.

T1: Trying to create a better to do list.

My career is made up of so many different moving parts and projects that I’m always looking for the best way to organize my actions & thoughts against target outcomes or goals (which include parenting).

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Redefining The Legal Practice

Reva Seth

Pictures from the bottom looking up not a good idea.

This piece first appeared in The Western Alumni Gazette. 
As well the irony of me commenting on shifting trends in the way law practiced (given how my brief my own legal career was) is not lost on me.  It does however make me laugh.

Reva Seth, LLB’01, forcing profession to deal with career-family disconnect

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Here’s How “Metric Parenting” Can Help Relieve Working-Parent Guilt

Art with & by Boy 1.

Art with & by Boy 1.

“We track our fitness goals, nutritional intake and spending but few of us track our parenting activities in quite the same way.” Here’s why we should. 

This article was first published in Fast Company on March 9, 2016.

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Canada’s Global Opportunity: End Gender Bias Through Our Teenage Boys

Boy 1 seems like  9 going on 19. Shriek.

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.

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What fathers need from bosses, peers and partners to be better parents

Dad 1 & Boy 2

Dad 1 & Boy 2

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.

This piece first appeared 

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