Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career

Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career

by Lisen Stromberg


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We worry putting our family first means we’ll be forced to abandon our careers. We’re afraid if we pause our careers, we’ll be forever off-track. This thinking is outdated—forget what you’ve heard about how pauses are career limiting, about how those who pause lack ambition, or that if you do pause you won’t be able to re-enter the paid workforce. That’s a flawed reality, one that doesn’t reflect the truth of the careers of some of the most successful women in this country.

Author Lisen Stromberg knows this success firsthand. After the birth of her second child, she did something she never imagined she would do: she opted out to focus on her family. But her career didn’t end there. Lisen paused then pivoted to become first a social entrepreneur and then an award-winning journalist writing about women, work, and life in Silicon Valley. Along the way, she learned she wasn’t alone. Lisen met many highly successful women who told her they never “opted out” but who had, in fact, temporarily downshifted or paused their careers. Their hidden journeys revealed alternative nonlinear paths to the top that enabled them to achieve their personal and professional goals.

In Work PAUSE Thrive, Lisen shares their stories. Deeply rooted in social science research, cutting-edge data collected from nearly 1,500 women, and through 186 first-person interviews, this book reveals how trailblazing women have disrupted the traditional career paradigm. What worked for them can work for you.

In this book, you’ll learn:
Who pauses, how they do it, and why
How pausing can enrich both your career and your life
How to innovate your own nonlinear career path
What we can—and need—to do as a society to make it possible for more people to achieve their personal and professional goals

Work PAUSE Thrive also reveals new and exciting trends in the workplace and offers targeted solutions for companies to help ensure they have cultures that will enable you to lead the life you want, a life in which you can build both a career and a family, and ultimately your own version of a life well lived.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942952732
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,271,228
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Lisen Stromberg is an award-winning independent journalist who writes about issues relevant to families, the workplace, women in tech, and life in Silicon Valley. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Fortune, Newsweek, and a myriad of other high profile media outlets.

Lisen is also founder and CEO of AcceleratingWomen, a strategic consultancy empowering women and the workplace. AW offers family-centered workplace innovation solutions to companies and organizations. AW also provides talks, workshops, and leadership coaching to individuals and groups to ensure they have the insights and strategies they need to integrate their work+life priorities.

A sought after speaker and moderator, Lisen has inspired thousands with her talks on work+life integration, overcoming caregiver bias, conscious career planning, empowering women in tech, social media strategies and on-ramping solutions for women reentering the workplace. As host of the S/He Talks interview series, she has delighted audiences by bringing together leading thinkers and authors to discuss the issues of the day.

Previously, Lisen had a successful career in marketing and business strategy working at companies such as Nestle Corporation and Foote, Cone & Belding Advertising. As Founder and President of Supporting Our Sons, she learned the thrill and challenges of being a social entrepreneur.
Lisen has a BA from Dartmouth College, an MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, and an MFA from Mills College.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Best-Laid Plans xiii

Part I Trailblazers in Action

Chapter 1 Disrupting the Paradigm: Successful Women Pause 2

Chapter 2 Innovating the Path: Work PAUSE Thrive Non-Linear Careers 19

Part II Canaries in the Coal Mine

Chapter 3 Pausing and the Issue of "Choice" 52

Chapter 4 The Politics of Pausing 76

Chapter 5 A Tale of Two Countries 98

Chapter 6 Men Want a Place in the Home 116

Chapter 7 The Workplace Is Changing, Slowly 136

Part III Your Career, Your Way

Chapter 8 Conscious Careers, Conscious Choices 168

Chapter 9 Working: The Foundation for Your Non-Linear Career 175

Chapter 10 Pausing: The Innovator's Solution1 198

Chapter 11 Thriving: The Career You Deserve, the Life You Want 226

Chapter 12 Money Matters, Plan Accordingly 250

Conclusion: United We Stand 269

Appendix: Women on the Rise Survey 307

Acknowledgments 329

Endnotes 331

Index 350

About the Author 358

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