What I Am Grateful For This Year

This Thanksgiving will be a quiet one for me. We aren’t traveling and we aren’t entertaining. We will be just the four of us — watching the parade, eating way too much and relaxing. I can’t wait! While I love holidays with my extended family, a few days of we-don’t-have-to-go-out is something I’m really looking forward to. And partly, I’m looking forward to some quiet days to think about all…

Ambitious Women

In Praise of Ambitious Women

This weekend’s Wall Street Journal magazine had a cover story about Reese Witherspoon. She has become a force in Hollywood creating movies and TV shows that are made by, star, and appeal to women. That this is a novel concept—despite the fact that 52% of moviegoers are women—is a testament to how far we’ve got to go. But her success is a testament to how far we’ve come and we…

Path Forward on Women at Forbes

Women@Forbes Fall Roundup

At Path Forward, we seek to help women find a joyful balance between finding career success and maintaining a happy personal life. To amplify that message, I’m writing a weekly column for Women@Forbes. This fall, I’ve discussed restarting your career, managing your time, and getting over networking anxiety. While these columns are written for a broad audience, the advice in many of them can apply specifically to those looking to…

Interviewing Tips

Successful Interviews: What to Do Before, After, and During an Interview

Job interviews are tough for most people, and it can feel especially daunting to go on an interview after you’ve taken a break from the workforce. Depending on the length of your career break, and how long you were working before you stepped away, it has probably been a long time since you’ve been the subject of a job interview.   The good news is there are specific steps you…

Path Forward on Women@Forbes

Women@Forbes Summer Roundup

At Path Forward, we seek to help women find a joyful balance between finding career success and maintaining a happy personal life. To amplify that message, I’m writing a weekly column for Women@Forbes. I’ve discussed changing careers, the challenges of balancing motherhood with your job, and how to navigate a career break. While these columns are written for a broad audience, the advice in many of them as applications specifically…

Could This Really Be the Key to Work/Life Balance?

I was recently interviewed for a podcast and at the end I was asked a series of rapid-fire questions. One of them was “What is the key to work/life balance?” Hmmm. A lot of things flashed through my head. An understanding boss. A company that respects employee’s personal lives. A supportive spouse or partner at home. Some other kind of good personal support network. All of those things are helpful,…

Summer Strategies For Working Parents

KJ Dell’Antonio wrote an op-ed in the NYT last summer about what a burden summer can be for working parents, especially mothers. The piece points out the most extreme example of a fundamental truth — the American school calendar is predicated on a family structure that hasn’t existed for decades. In 2015 more than 74% of mothers with at least one child between the ages of 6 and 17 and more…

Translating Non-work Experience into Business Language

It’s commonly mentioned that the work that women do outside the paid workforce when they’ve taken a pause for caregiving gains them skills and experiences that are valuable in the professional environment as well. But it’s less common to find good advice on how to translate those experiences in a way that recruiters and hiring managers will understand. The better you are able to articulate how your experiences have gained…

Three Things to Do Now If You Want to Return to Work This Fall

In my house, the “Back to School” checklist for fall starts before my kids have even finished the current school year.  When I notice the sneakers are worn out, the sweaters have all gotten too small, and that backpack strap has finally given out on us, I know it’s time to start planning for September.  And with a fall game plan ready to go in June, I can enjoy the…

Employer Reviews By Women, For Women

At Path Forward, we often recommend that women restarting their careers research the companies they are considering joining. It’s important to understand what the company does, of course, but also its core values and culture. In our hyper connected, social age getting the inside scoop is easier than it’s ever been. You can, of course, look to the official company materials for their view of themselves. You can connect with…