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Becky Beaupre Gillespie is a Chicago-based journalist whose work can be seen in numerous publications, including a weekly online column on women entrepreneurs in Crain’s Chicago Business and regular stories on work/life balance in the ABA Journal, the nation’s premier lawyer magazine. She is also an author and speaker specializing in work/life issues, perfectionism and motherhood.

Becky also has written for the Chicago Sun-TimesThe 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.

Writing Samples

Below are some featured samples of her writing. A complete archive of her work in Crain’s and the ABA Journal can be found lower in the page.

Where the Boys Are: Women Building Businesses in Male-Dominated Fields (September 19, 2012)

Rising with the Sun and Daughter (TheNewPerfect, July 9, 2011)

For Women, Good Enough Is the New Perfect (Crain’s, Feb. 22, 2012)

Entrepreneurship for Introverts (Crain’s, May 16, 2012)

No Jerks: Some Firms Argue that Collegiality Pays (ABA Journal, March 2012)

Unraveling the ‘Having It All’ Riddle (Crain’s, August 8, 2012)

Hunting Happy: In Grim Times, A Search for Joy in Law Practice Gains Ground (ABA Journal, co-byline with Hollee, February 2011)

The Mindfulness-and-Business Connection: Women Entrepreneurs Get It (Crain’s, June 6, 2012)

Wine Time: A Firm Finds Common Interests on the Vine (ABA Journal, August 2011)


Becky’s posts on women entrepreneurs at Crain’s Chicago Business:

Entrepreneur Helps Parents Make Smart Family-Time Choices (October 24, 2012)

Warm Feelings (and Deep Lessons) on This Entrepreneurial Journey (October 17, 2012)

Sketching Out a New Way to Be an Entrepreneur (October 10, 2012)

Entrepreneurial Sisters Push Past a Setback (October 3, 2012)

Finding a Work Space That Feels Like Home (September 26, 2012)

Where the Boys Are: Women Building Businesses in Male-Dominated Fields (September 19, 2012)

How One Entrepreneur Overcame Adversity—With Some Fancy Footwork (September 12, 2012)

Female Entrepreneurs Tackling the Third Act (September 5, 2012)

From Wall Street Careers to Main Street Entrepreneurship (August 29, 2012)

Helping Your Kids Understand Your Working World (August 22, 2012)

Surviving the Summer Sitter Shuffle (August 15, 2012)

Unraveling the ‘Having It All’ Riddle (August 8, 2012)

A Legacy — and a Business (August 1, 2012)

Helping Would-Be Entrepreneurs Leap from Campus to the Real World (July 25, 2012)

Finding Success with a Little Spark and Hustle (July 18, 2012)

The Key Ingredient for Female Entrepreneurs: Independence (July 11, 2012)

Making ‘Work from Home’ Really Work (June 27, 2012)

Mixing Entrepreneurship and Single Motherhood (June 20, 2012)

The Mindfulness-and-Business Connection: Women Entrepreneurs Get It (June 6, 2012)

Turning a Cure for High-Heel Pain into a Business (May 30, 2012)

In Spring, ‘Balance’ Goes Out the Window (May 23, 2012)

Entrepreneurship for Introverts (May 16, 2012)

How Female Entrepreneurs Define ‘Free Time’ (May 9, 2012)

Helping Women To Re-enter the Workforce — and to Try Entrepreneurship (May 2, 2012)

How One Entrepreneur Turned a Desire for Flex Time into a New Business (April 25, 2012)

Matching Families with the Right Help (April 18, 2012)

Do Women Network Differently? Three Female Entrepreneurs Weigh In (April 11, 2012)

An Entrepreneurial Career Launched by a Flair for Cosmetics — and a Car from Oprah (April 4, 2012)

Managing the Sick-Kid Scramble (March 28, 2012)

Winning Women’ Veteran Urges Other Female Founders to Put Their Hands Up (March 21, 2012)

Deriving Sweet Inspiration from a Setback (March 14, 2012)

30Second Mom Offers Parenting Advice on the Go (March 7, 2012)

Sometimes Finding Real Work/Life Balance Means Working … More (Feb. 29, 2012)

For Women, Good Enough Is the New Perfect (Feb. 22, 2012)

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