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This Mother’s Day, let’s talk about women and work

May 5, 2016 in Wellness for Lawyers Working Mothers Workplace Wellness

It’s been a while since I connected with the Curated Wellness community, and with Mother’s Day just around the corner, there’s no better time to share what’s been keeping me so busy.

The heart of CW is holistic wellness for everyone, no matter how ambitious you are or how lousy the wellness quotient of your profession is today – we are evolving, and working together, we’re getting better. I see it from the beginning to end of an engagement, and I hear about it from many of you, even years after working together. In fact, anyone who has taken my Stress 911 workshop knows that stress can be a good thing, it’s what we do before and after peaks of stress that impacts our wellbeing.

As a “little side project,” (she says, laughing at that naïve idea) I created a resource for new moms that is curated with the same rigor that goes into all CW curriculum. It’s holistic, comprehensive, and there’s nothing else like it. This time, though, it isn’t just me – it’s me grilling a faculty of 12 experts on different elements of maternal wellbeing. It’s also completely virtual and on-demand. It’s called the New Mom Dream Team.

When I was working on this resource, I had no idea that it would dovetail with my corporate work. I was actually considering not mentioning it here because, right on stereotype, I worried that talking about motherhood in a professional environment would paint me as too, well, unprofessional. Spoiler alert, I was very wrong about that. I just had to do something about the utter lack of comprehensive wellness resources for new moms, because I was one not so long ago, and I know first hand how big a difference the right support can make to mom, baby (and the rest of the family too). What has surprised and delighted me is the overwhelming interest from corporate clients to offer this resource to employees heading out on maternity leave. It’s part of a slow and steady shift to meaningful changes in the way women, men, work and family are fitting together. You’ll hear more about this in an upcoming piece in the Huffington Post.

It is already my belief that by tuning in here, you are a change-maker in your field, looking for a better way to live, work and lead. But the desire to be a leader in workplace wellness for women – and to support them right in the midst of the transition to motherhood – is truly breathtaking. And very, very smart (seen your ranking on fairygodboss.com?).  So if you’re among those who have beat me to the pitch, thank you, and I salute your vision. If this resonates and you’d like to find out more, reach out or take a look here.

This Mother’s Day, let’s make motherhood, families and career part of the same conversation. We all win.

Doing something innovative in this space at your organization?  Have a post-baby career story or challenge to share? I want to hear about it.

 

 

 

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