Our research for Good Enough Is the New Perfect was enriched by expert interviews. We talked to experts in parenting, work/life fit, marriage, entrepreneurism, career re-entry … to name just a few! The New Perfect Experts greatly enhanced our understanding of the issues modern parents face. You can find out more about them below.
|SAMPSON LEE BLAIR, sociology professor, SUNY BuffaloCAROL FISHMAN COHEN, Co-founder, iRelaunch, Co-author, Back on the Career TrackFRANCINE M. DEUTSCH, psychology professor, Mount Holyoke College
ELLEN GALINSKY, President and Co-Founder, Families and Work Institute
LARA GALLOWAY, Coach for Entrpreneurial Moms
DEBORAH EPSTEIN HENRY, author of LAW & REORDER: Legal Industry Solutions for Restructure, Retention, Promotion & Work/Life Balance and co-founder of Flex-Time Lawyers
TORY JOHNSON, founder of Women for Hire
SUSAN CARTIER LIEBEL, Founder and CEO of Solo Practice University(R)
KRISTIN MASCHKA, author of This is Not How I Thought It Would Be: Remodeling Motherhood to Get the Lives We Want Today
DEBBY STONE, certified professional coach
AMY and MARC VACHON, authors of Equally Shared Parenting: Rewriting the Rules for a New Generation of Parents
DR. KEITH WEBER, Associate Professor of Communication Studies
CALI WILLIAMS YOST, work/life flexibility strategist
Dr. Sampson Lee Blair is an associate professor of sociology at the State University of New York, in Buffalo. With degrees from Virginia Tech and Penn State, he specializes in family and child development, including such topics as the division of household labor, family influences upon children’s educational performance, and how risk-taking behaviors in adolescence affect subsequent marital relationships. Most recently, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Xavier University (in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines), served as the chair of the Children and Youth Section of the American Sociological Association, and received the New York State Chancellor’s Award for teaching. He has published in numerous family and sociology journals, and has served as the senior editor of Sociological Inquiry, as well as an associate editor on the boards of several other journals.
Carol Fishman Cohen is the co-author of the acclaimed career reentry strategy book Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work (Hachette/Grand Central), and the co-founder of iRelaunch “The Return to Work Experts.” www.iRelaunch.com produces career reentry programming, events and content for employers, universities, organizations and individuals. iRelaunch’s signature products include the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference, attracting over 1,000 attendees across the U.S. and in London, the Relaunch Circles coaching program, and the Back on the Career Track online learning programs. iRelaunch also creates customized career reentry programs for companies and universities.
iRelaunch has helped hundreds of women and men on career break return to the workforce. In addition, major corporations, including Accenture, American Express, Bank of America, Bloomberg, The Capital Group, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, IBM, MetLife Investments, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Sara Lee, Staples, and Tyco, have sponsored and attended the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference in order to meet and recruit talented returning professionals.
Carol and co-author/co-founder Vivian Steir Rabin are both Harvard Business School graduates and relaunchers themselves; between them, they have nine kids and they each returned to work after multi-year career breaks before writing Back on the Career Track and starting iRelaunch. They have presented their return to work strategies to over 6,600 people at more than 110 events since 2006. Their Back on the Career Track blog is featured on Yahoo! Shine (Yahoo’s women’s portal) and they are regularly featured in the national press. Carol’s return to investment firm Bain Capital after 11 years out of the full time workforce is documented in a Harvard Business School case about professional career reentry. Carol and Vivian can be reached at info@iRelaunch.com.
Francine M. Deutsch is the author of Halving it all: How Equally Shared Parenting Works and a Professor of Psychology at Mount Holyoke College. Her two current research interests are the global division of domestic labor, and the educational aspirations, plans, and achievements of early childhood teachers. For fun, she sings, knits, travels, and goes to movies. She is also the mother of a brilliant, funny, and kind 24-year-old aspiring writer, Eli Epstein-Deutsch, who has been cared for equally by Francine and her economist husband. She counts among her blessings the amazing women who are her friends.
Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI), helped establish the field of work and family life while at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for twenty-five years. Her more than forty-five books and reports include the highly acclaimed Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Ask The Children and the now classic The Six Stages of Parenthood. She has published over 125 articles in academic journals, books and magazines.
At the Institute, Ms. Galinsky co-directs the most comprehensive, ongoing nationally representative studies of the changing workforce and changing workplace. In 2011, the Society for Human Resource Management and the Families and Work Institute formed a ground-breaking, multi-year partnership that builds on the When Work Works initiative that Ms. Galinsky will co-direct. This initiative will help businesses become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces.
At FWI, Ms. Galinsky is also directing the national Mind in the Making learning campaign that includes her new book, Mind in the Making; her Vook (video book), FWI’s learning modules for educators and learning modules on the seven essential skills. Mind in the Making has had more than 150 million media impressions.
A leading authority on work family issues, Ms. Galinsky was a presenter at the 2000 White House Conference on Teenagers and the 1997 White House Conference on Child Care. She was a planner and participant at the March 2010 White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility and is working with the Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor to write reports for each of their year-long Regional Forums on flexibility. She served as the elected President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the largest professional group of early childhood educators.
Ellen Galinsky is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award from Vassar College. She was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 2005. A popular keynote speaker, she appears regularly at national conferences, on television and in the media, including the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, World News Tonight and Oprah.
Ms. Galinsky holds a Master of Science degree in Child Development/Education from Bank Street College of Education, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Study from Vassar College and numerous honorary doctoral degrees.
Following her passion taught Lara Galloway, the Mom Biz Coach, a lot of lessons. The easy ones were that following her heart would always yield great results, like a happy marriage, three amazing kids that inspire and humble her, a business that fulfills her, and a network of family and friends who love her. The tough lessons came with motherhood, which taught her just how little she really knew, just how vulnerable she was, and that doing things perfectly and getting straight As were not goals worth pursuing anymore. She lives a chaotic and satisfying life with her husband and children in Michigan and is the founder of www.MomBizCoach.com, through which she provides coaching and mentoring for mom entrepreneurs.
Deborah Epstein Henry is a nationally recognized expert on workplace restructuring, talent management, work/life balance, and the retention and promotion of lawyers. She is the author of LAW & REORDER: Legal Industry Solutions for Restructure, Retention, Promotion & Work/Life Balance (ABA, 2010). A former practicing litigator, Debbie is President of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, a national consulting firm she founded in the late 1990s. Her firm is best known for running Best Law Firms for Women with Working Mother magazine – a national survey to select the top 50 law firms for women and report on industry trends. Debbie has garnered visibility for her work from The New York Times, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, The National Law Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, among numerous others. She is an ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Liaison, a New York State Bar Association Committee for Lawyers in Transition Consultant, a Law360 Advisory Board member and an Honorary Advisory Board member of Pace University School of Law’s New Directions program. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale, her J.D. cum laude from Brooklyn Law School, and she clerked for Judge Jacob Mishler in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She is married with three sons, ages 15, 12 and 9. For more information, please visit www.lawandreorder.com and www.flextimelawyers.com.
TORY JOHNSON, Founder and CEO of Women for Hire
Tory Johnson is all about spark and hustle at work, dating back to high school in Miami Beach where she joined her all-male debate team—and became the first girl to win a state debate championship. She dropped out of Emerson College for a chance to work at ABC News and then jumped to NBC News, only to be fired unexpectedly a couple years later. The permanent scar from that experience inspired her to shift from employee to entrepreneur and in 1999 she founded Women For Hire from a corner of her New York City apartment. Now in its 11th year, the company hosts high caliber diversity career expos across the country, attracting talented women and leading employers. As workplace contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America, she is a favorite among viewers who appreciate her no-nonsense career advice. Glamour dubbed Johnson the “raise fairy godmother” for her ability to help women ask for—and get—more money. In 2010, she began hosting conferences for current and aspiring small business owners nationwide. Her fifth book, Fired To Hired, follows Will Work From Home: Earn Cash Without the Commute, which was both a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. Johnson and her husband, Peter, live in New York City with their children.
Susan Cartier Liebel is the Founder and CEO of Solo Practice University(R), the #1 online educational and professional networking community for lawyers and law students who want to create and grow their solo or small firm practices.
Her many titles include: Coach/consultant for solos, attorney who started her own practice right out of law school, adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law for eight years teaching law students how to open their own practices, frequent speaker, columnist for LawyersUSA Weekly, Connecticut Law Tribune, The Complete Lawyer, and Law.com. Susan has contributed to numerous legal publications and books offering both practical knowledge and inspiration.
Kristin Maschka is the author of This is Not How I Thought It Would Be: Remodeling Motherhood to Get the Lives We Want Today, a Los Angeles Times bestseller. She spent four years as the President of Mothers & More, a national non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of mothers. She is an expert on mothers and the social, economic, and cultural forces that impact their lives. She has authored related articles and commentary for publications such as USA Today Magazine, Womens eNews and the Huffington Post. Print and radio media regularly call on her expertise; USA Today, Money, The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Marketplace, BBC London, and the nationally syndicated radio show Parents Journal. Visit her website, Remodeling Motherhood.
Kristin brings a non-judgmental, accessible, and well-informed perspective to the challenges mothers face — she draws on her experiences as both an employed mother and as a mother whose primary work is caring for family, as both a non-earner and as the primary earner for her family. She holds two degrees from the University of Chicago and in both her personal and professional career she has been an agent of change, helping individuals and organizations to see themselves and the world around them in new ways and make the changes to turn their vision into reality. She lives in Pasadena, CA with her husband and daughter.
Debby Stone is a certified professional coach, a former 16-year practicing attorney, and a single mom to her 18-year old son, Matthew. Debby works with lawyers, business leaders and entrepreneurs to help them move forward more quickly and easily in their professional and personal lives. She particularly enjoys coaching high achieving women who are looking for more fulfillment and fun. Her sense of humor and practical approach set Debby apart, and she loves helping her clients open up to the available possibilities and then confidently choose which path to follow. Debby attended Duke University for both college and law school. Her son is now following in her footsteps by joining the Duke Class of 2015, which helps explain why she is an avid (some would say rabid) Duke basketball fan. Debby also enjoys running, volunteering and traveling. You can visit her at Corner Office Coaching.
Amy and Marc Vachon are the authors of Equally Shared Parenting: Rewriting the Rules for a New Generation of Parents – a practical handbook for parents who wish to share in all that it takes to raise a family, sustaining an equal partnership and balanced lives for both partners along the way. Their work has been covered by the New York Times, Boston Globe, Guardian (UK), National Public Radio, Fitness Magazine, TODAY Show, Parenting, Babble, USA Today and other media, and they have written their personal story of equally shared parenting in One Big Happy Family, an anthology of modern families by Rebecca Walker. Marc and Amy also co-manage their website, www.equallysharedparenting.com, the first online resource for egalitarian parenting from the perspective of both parents, and share in parenting their two children, Maia and Theo. They also make sure to have plenty of room for fun – such as playing violin in a string quartet for Amy and biking around Boston for Marc.
Dr. Keith Weber served as our in-house statistician for compiling and analyzing the results of The New Perfect Survey. His primary research focus at West Virginia University is on the relevance of persuasion theory in applied contexts.
Dr. Weber was the recipient of a Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration grant in order to design, implement, and evaluate a multi-channel intervention aimed at increasing organ donor awareness and compliance. Additionally, Dr. Weber has begun a program of research in which he and his students are designing a campus-based intervention in order to decrease the incidence of drinking and driving. In addition to his research focusing on campaign design (e.g., organ donation, drunk driving), Dr. Weber remains committed to his instructional research on the importance of student interest in the classroom, a topic on which he has recently published a series of articles. In 2007, the Eberly College and the WVU Foundation recognized Dr. Weber as an Outstanding Teacher. He is married to Andrea Goodman Weber and the proud father of two sons.
Called “one of the smartest” and “sophisticated thinkers” by The New York Times, Cali Williams Yost has been shaping the global dialogue on work+life flexibility for nearly two decades. She is CEO and founder of Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit, Inc., a research and consulting firm that works with organizations and individuals to make flexibility a lever for profit, growth and work+life fit. Clients range from BDO Seidman LLP and Quaker/Tropicana to the United Nations, Ernst&Young, Microsoft, and the U.S. Navy. A former commercial banker and graduate of Columbia Business School, Cali is author of the critically acclaimed Work+Life: Finding the Fit That’s Right for You, the first work+life “fit” handbook for individuals. Since 2007, she has served as an expert blogger for Fast Company magazine. Yost lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters. You can visit her Work+Life Fit and Fast Company blogs, and follow her on Twitter @caliyost.
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