Category Archives: Business and Entrepreneurship

Working Parents: Transforming What Work Looks Like

One of my favorite things to study and observe is how work is changing. Two decades ago, we didn’t have any of the social networks we have today. Three decades ago, email and the internet weren’t regular tools. So much about work is changing: what it looks like, what our expectations of it are, what our requirements are, how we engage with each other, where we work from. One group of people revolutionizing the way work looks is working parents. When you have constraints, you innovate. And many working parents aren’t content with the status quo.

Some of the changes on the work front are seen as great: we have more flexibility and remote options than ever before, and this matters particularly for people who need to be at home or have people to take care of.

But a lot of what work looks like is still ripe for change. We still harbor past habits and expectations about loyalty, being full-time, having companies take care of us (with pensions, retirement, and longevity; things that are no longer very common). Further, the “always on” culture and the addictive nature of email and social media, coupled with micro-computers in our pockets, can be both helpful and it can be harmful.

For Forbes’ last week, I got to write about eight entrepreneurial parents that are changing the way work looks, whether it’s through their company, or by how they’re showing up in the work world. These parents are supporting pregnancies, changing what workplace flexibility looks like, innovating how conferences are designed, fighting back against ‘fake news,’ testifying in front of congress, building tribes to help women accelerate their careers in the workforce, pioneering new models of equal partnering, and increasing the investment opportunities for women-owned companies.

I’m consistently inspired by entrepreneurs, and by parents. Here’s the article if you’d like to read, and if you’re interested in parenting and leadership, please do follow my column:

These 8 Entrepreneurs Are Changing What It Looks Like To Be A Working Parent.

Would love to know from you: How have the transformations in work culture affected you and your career? What do you still wish were different about work? Leave a note in the comments.

10 Brilliant Women Entrepreneurs on Parenting, Perspective, and Life

One of the quiet (and not-so-quiet) ways that women entrepreneurs are changing the future is by building companies in a manner that reflects the future they want to live in. As part of the Startup Pregnant project, we’re interviewing 100 women entrepreneurial parents to understand how they’re pioneering not just new companies, but new families, and new modes of doing business. Here are ten of the brilliant insights (of hundreds!) we’ve gained from these first ten episodes.Read the article

Why I Started A Podcast

Almost two years ago, the idea for Startup Pregnant came to me. But when the idea first arrived, it was to be a book of my own experience. A story of what it was like to work in the tech startup scene in Manhattan while navigating my pregnancy. Over time, however, the idea morphed from a book (still in progress) to grow in shape and size. I started interviewing women and hearing incredible stories. And I knew these interviews need to be conversations that people could listen to. So I ended up starting a podcast. Here’s the backstory, and a sneak peek into where we’re headed.
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Here, I Made This For You

I made something that I’ve been working on for quite a while: the Startup Pregnant Podcast is a radio show that dives into the lives and stories of women starting businesses and starting families. We interview lots of parents from all stripes, and business owners of all types. Take a look. It’s now available in iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. Would love to know what you think of the first few episodes.Read the article

30 Ways to Get Your First 1,000 Subscribers: Free List Building Guide

30 proven strategies to grow your list, build your email marketing prowess, and make your work seen, heard, and loved.Read the article

Inside My Business Philosophies: What’s Worth Your Time, Attention, and Money?

I’m not in the business of selling quick fixes. In fact, a lot of the work I do is slow and boring. I can whip up content marketing like the best of them, but I’m most interested in what behavior change approaches actually work, and what really helps us in our business and personal lives.Read the article

Have A Point of View

In our fear of being wrong, or looking stupid, or losing out on opportunities — we waffle. We waver. We fail to make decisions. We try to make decisions that leave all the options open. We’ll try it all, rather than pick a single dish. We’ll date as many people as possible, rather than cultivate deeper relationships.Read the article

6 Ways to Improve Your Teaching, Public Speaking, and Presentations

Speaking and writing are such gifts: they let you put together ideas, deep ideas, rich ideas, and share them with an audience. In a world of quick conversation and superficial conversation, books and well-thought out presentations can still carry the weight of an idea across rooms and minds. It takes a lot of work to put together a great talk or a complete book (sometimes years or decades of research) — andRead the article

The Secret Beauty in Complaining

My head buzzes when I am around people who start to complain too much. It’s like an electric current goes through my head, starts building, and then my frazzled mind-space begins to implode under all of the pressure. I like solving problems, and can be known to interrupt or interject with “Yeah, sure, okay, but — howRead the article

The Upside of Being Busy

Being busy – being full, having a lot to do, filling your calendar to the brim — can be overwhelming, tiring, exhausting. Sometimes we’re busy for busy’s sake. And answering “busy” to how have you been is, well, annoying. But sometimes there’s an upside to being busy. When you’ve got a handful of projects toRead the article