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Are work-life balance conversations OK now?

on Sun, 2014-02-02 17:23

Financial services firms are announcing new guidelines after the death of a banking intern in London last year. Will this actually create some changes to our toxic culture of workaholism?

Lean In? To What Exactly?

on Sun, 2013-03-10 23:24

I must confess sometimes I feel wholly inadequate for this task of actually changing the world. This past week, Sheryl Sandberg took her Lean In message to Wall Street (what a coincidence, also FaceBook's main underwriters). The message: Women have not been leaning in enough!@?#! Thank goodness Jody Greenstone Miller wrote this article in yesterday's WSJ stating the obvious:

"Many great women don't want to lean in because they don't like the world they are being asked to lean into."

Yahoo's CEO Goes to Extreme?

on Wed, 2013-02-27 10:50

Is it not possible to strike a balance between having no one work virtual and everyone working virtual? Are we facing women's issues as George Santayana observed: Americans don’t solve their problems; they leave them behind.

What's Wrong With This Picture?!

on Thu, 2013-02-21 10:54

In just the past 24 hours news: Victoria's Secret captivates teens and younger, Playboy lessens level of smut, and McKinsey tries to lure back Moms.

At least one Victoria's Secret model is asking the appropriate questions, asking what exactly are we telling young girls today?


Do Any Women Leave Work at 5:30? Yes, Sheryl Sandberg!

on Sat, 2013-02-02 19:10

If Sheryl Sandberg can dare leave work at 5:30 to be with her kids, can the rest of us be far behind? First, of course, we need courage and a work environment that ecourages work life balance. These two news stories, one from the NYTimes and the other from the Huffington Post offer hope for the frazzled, conflicted working Mom!

Acceptance of Westover Award April 24, 2010

on Sat, 2012-07-28 18:30


Pictured here: Granddaughter at Westover April 2010

Excerpts from speech in April 2010 at the Westover School, an all girls school in Middlebury, CT where Charlotte Beyer graduated in 1965.

It began in chapel in 1963. We recited first Corinthians “When I became a man, I put away childish things.” My 'new girl' brain was thinking ‘Whhaat?! When I become a man!?!?’

But I was a scaredy cat at Westover. I was not a head of school and spent most of my time trying to be liked, and if possible, play a woman, not a man(!) in one of the Dramatic Club productions.