Becky Beaupre Gillespie, 39, and Hollee Schwartz Temple, 37, are the work/life balance columnists for the ABA Journal, the country’s premiere lawyer magazine. Both graduates of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, they first worked together in the mid-1990s, when Becky was Hollee’s first editor at The Daily Northwestern. Like so many of the working mothers they interviewed, Becky and Hollee forged non-linear career paths, taking detours in their quest to balance work and family.
Becky is a Chicago-based journalist and speaker who has spoken to audiences and media outlets nationwide, appearing on MSNBC, NBC 5 Chicago, WGN-TV and in the New York Times, among many others. She writes a weekly online column on women entrepreneurs for Crain’s Chicago Business. She speaks at conferences, law firms, corporations and organizations on work/life issues, working motherhood and perfectionism, offering solid takeaways and a fresh perspective on what it means to “have it all.”
Becky also has written for the Chicago Sun-Times, The Detroit News, USA Today, the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle and the Miami Herald. While on staff at the Sun-Times, Becky specialized in computer-assisted reporting and wrote on numerous subjects, including education, technology and women in corporate America.
In 2001, she co-wrote a groundbreaking and award-winning investigative series on “failing teachers” that led to statewide reforms in teacher testing and a crackdown on teacher quality in the Chicago Public Schools. The three-day series, which began one week after the birth of her first child, gave Becky her first experience at balancing motherhood and career.
Happily married for more than 13 years to Peter Gillespie, an employment litigator, she is the mother of Beth, 10 (a history buff who can recite all the U.S. presidents in order) and Katie, 8 (an avid player of soccer, chess and the guitar).
Becky, who once ran the Chicago Marathon and twice jumped out of airplanes just to prove to herself that she could, recently found a new (calmer) passion when Hollee convinced her to try yoga. She finds time every day to snuggle with Beth and Katie. For more information on Becky’s speaking, please contact her at beckygillespie (at) mac.com.
Hollee is a journalist-turned-lawyer-turned-professor at West Virginia University College of Law. She has first-hand experience with the challenges faced by her generation of female lawyers and has successfully melded her desires for professional satisfaction and family time by working in the law school environment.
After graduating at the top of her class with a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree from Northwestern, Hollee headed to Duke University School of Law. She graduated in 1999 and began a four-year stint as a litigation associate at a large Pittsburgh law firm. After her first son was born in 2002, Temple returned to her firm part-time before joining the WVU faculty the next year.
An active scholar and speaker, Hollee has been published in newspapers (including the Miami Herald, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Michigan City News-Dispatch), national law reviews and legal writing publications. She recently gave the plenary address at her discipline’s international conference, and has conducted seminars on generational issues and projecting professionalism in writing for large law firms. A faculty associate of the Women’s Studies program, she was recently selected to serve on the internal advisory board of West Virginia University ADVANCE Center, working to improve work/life and women’s issues on campus.
In 2008, Hollee celebrated ten years of marriage with John Temple, a journalism professor and author of two narrative non-fiction books, including The Last Lawyer: The Fight to Save Death Row Inmates, which won the 2010 Scribes Book Award from the National Association of Legal Writers. She is constantly amused and amazed by her feisty red-headed sons: Gideon, 9 (who is raising eyebrows around Morgantown by convincing his classmates to root for the rival Pitt Panthers), and Henry, 6 (who once swallowed a penny while in timeout for putting dangerous objects in his mouth). Hollee starts every legal writing class with a blaring music video (she tells her students it’s because she’s the rock star of legal writing but it’s really to wake them up), and she often brings down the house with her karaoke rendition of Dusty Springfield’s Son of a Preacher Man. If she’s not teaching, speaking, grading, writing or hanging with the family, she’s probably doing yoga.