Postcast: “Working Wife, Happy Life” with Bethanie Baynes

Last Tuesday morning I got to sit in a very cool podcast recording booth in Rockefeller Center with Bethanie Baynes to record an episode of “Working Wife, Happy Life.” Bethanie is a force of nature. Her day job is in strategic partnerships at Google but her passion is being an advocate for women, especially breadwinning women. The podcast is part of that passion. Our episode was my favorite kind of conversation — authentic, wide-ranging, funny, and inspiring. A few of my favorite moments:

  • Getting to tell the story of how Path Forward was born out of an HR program at Return Path that grew organically as a result of companies like SendGrid, ReadyTalk and PayPal proactively reaching out seeking guidance on creating return to work programs. 
  • Bethanie’s very funny takedown of tech companies that profess to be able to build driverless cars and fly to the moon but can’t figure out how to hire women who’ve been out of the workforce.
  • Our discussion of why I believe the bias about “skill gaps” is overblown and how executives can think differently about talent in ways that expand opportunity and expand the available talent pool.
  • Bethanie talking about how she had to train her kid’s school to call her stay-at-home husband in an emergency (spoiler alert: they had to stop giving the school her phone number).
  • We discuss why women often feel forced to leave the workforce for caregiving – and the typical reasons people give for wanting to return to work.
  • We also got to spend a lot of time talking about Path Forward and how we work with employers and what caregivers returning to work can expect from a Path Forward returnship.

Hopefully that entices you to go ahead and download the episode.

I highly recommend subscribing to get all the episodes, but in particular these episodes are relevant to anyone who reads the Path Forward blog:

  1. Eve Rodsky, author of Fair Play on the importance of redefining traditional gender roles within the home, navigating complex family systems, and unveil the ugly truth around the invisible labor that women often bear.
  2. Dr. Victoria Medvec, a Professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Co-founder of the Kellogg Center for Executive Women. This episode is a deep dive into the differences between how men and women negotiate for themselves in the workplace and Vicki shares her expertise in helping women become more effective negotiators and develop as leaders throughout their career.
  3. Fran Hauser, a long-time media executive, startup investor, keynote speaker and best-selling author of The Myth of the Nice Girl. This conversation includes everything from what motivated her to write her book, to how to quit saying “sorry,” start setting boundaries, and ultimately achieve a successful career without compromising who you are.