How to Make a Fabulous Introduction

Everyone knows that networking is the way to get ahead in the world. Everyone also knows that networking, for most of us, is hard. There is a ton of great advice out there about how to network without networking. It’s worth seeking out. But one tactic that has worked for me is making fabulous introductions. So let’s start with a basic principle: connecting begets connections. When you connect two people for…

Happy Flex Day!

According to the smart folks at Working Mother today is National Flex Day. Nice! At Path Forward we are fans of flexibility. In my life, flexibility has been the key to making my work/life work. After my daughter was born almost nine years ago (!!), I worked from home three days per week. I also worked part-time for a bit. I kept the three-days at home schedule, working full-time, until…

Science Says Motherhood May Boost Productivity

A story this week on Quartz.com (a publication I’m becoming increasingly obsessed with) was both fascinating and not the least surprising: a study found that mothers outperformed their childless peers, as measured by output of academic research. There are a million caveats to this study, which looked at PhD economists, including the bias found in a pool of high-powered academics. But I think there’s something to this theory, in part because…

5 Ways to Take Your Job Search Out Into the World

The internet revolution has been a boon for moms in so many ways. We can use a variety of platforms to connect with each other across states and time zones and also find other moms right around the corner. The internet has also made working from home possible in a whole new way. And for those looking to restart their careers it is now possible to launch a full-fledged job…

Find Inspiring Stories

The media narrative on working moms isn’t always pretty. Generally they seem to revolve around questions like: How do they do it? Can they have it all? There are many mornings that begin with #facepalm because of some story that seems to reinforce a tired narrative that doesn’t describe my life or the lives of many women I know. So it was with relief, amazement and joy that I read…

A Few Ideas For More Pleasant Mornings

In the life of any working parent there are a few predictable stress points. One is The Morning. When you have children, mornings start EARLY. Sometimes painfully early. And getting everyone up, dressed, fed and out the door in time for the buses and trains and commutes can leave you feeling as if you ran a marathon before you even hit your desk. Mornings don’t have to be Groundhog Day,…

“Send Me Your Resume”

When you are searching for a job, especially if you haven’t been out in the market for a while, the words “Send me your resume” can be terrifying. If you haven’t updated your resume, your heart sinks as you think of the work in front of you. And even if you have, your heart sinks because…well, because sending anyone your resume is terrifying! So let’s start with something basic: Everyone…

Navigating Back to School

Back in June I wrote about summer strategies to get through those yawning weeks when the usual childcare arrangement (generally known as school) suddenly disappears and parents across the land scramble to keep the kids safe and occupied. So you’d think that would mean that back to school would mean a big sigh of relief. While it certainly solves a lot of problems to have the kids back in school,…

Back to School, Back to Work

The scenarios can vary. The youngest begins full-day kindergarten. The oldest is off to college, the youngers are increasingly busy with their preteen/teen activities. Or, all the kids have been in school for a few years and the reality of another year with a (mostly) quiet house yawns ahead. Whatever the specifics, fall is a time when many moms (and some dads) who’ve been focused on caregiving turn to thoughts…