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Meet Becky

Becky Beaupre Gillespie is an award-winning journalist and author who speaks in corporate, academic, and conference settings on work/life balance, perfectionism, and other issues. She is the co-author of Good Enough Is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood (Harlequin Nonfiction, Spring 2011), a new book that uses exclusive data and in-depth interviews to examine how working parents have redefined what it means to “have it all.” She has spoken to audiences and media outlets nationwide, appearing on MSNBC Live, NBC 5 Chicago, WGN-TV and in the New York Times, among many others.

In fun and interactive sessions filled with solid takeaways, Becky addresses a wide range of work/life topics.  Drawing on her extensive research—including data from a groundbreaking nationwide study of working moms, as well as interviews with more than 100 women and all the latest findings from top experts—she offers a fresh take on “having it all.”  Becky debunks popular myths about what it means to achieve work/life balance, offers new ways to think about solutions, and engages her audiences in thought-provoking discussions. Her sessions are tailored to each group; topics are relevant to a broad audience, not just parents.

Becky writes a weekly online column on women entrepreneurs for Crain’s Chicago Business, as well as a regular column on work/life balance for the ABA Journal, the nation’s premier lawyer magazine. She is a former newspaper reporter who has written for The Detroit News, USA Today, and the Chicago Sun-Times, where her work led to statewide reforms in teacher testing. She and her Good Enough Is the New Perfect co-author, Hollee Schwartz Temple, also blog about parenting and work/life balance at TheNewPerfect.com. Becky is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Some of Becky’s favorite topics include:

  • The New Perfect: Taking Charge of Work/Life Fit;
  • Why Work/Life Isn’t Really About ‘Balance’: Dispelling the Myths that Keep Us from Having It All;
  • Imperfect Parenting: How Our Mistakes Make for More Resilient Children
  • Success Without Stress: How Our Attitudes About Perfection Can Make Us Happier and More Productive
  • Freedom and Handcuffs: Managing Technology in the Era of Availability Anxiety;
  • Finding a New Perfect at the Summit: Why Work/Life Matters in High-Stakes Careers.

Presentations are customized to meet the interests, needs and budget of your group. Contact Becky (beckygillespie (at ) mac.com; 312-961-1813) to discuss how her expertise might suit your group’s interests.