Work/Life Balance

Finding Success in Work — and Life

How do you have a successful career, and still be successful as a woman, wife and mother? It’s a delicate balance, but it can be done. Here, women talk about the challenges and their strategies for a living a full life. Plus, you’ll find some helpful resources for making it all work.

Featured Profile:

President, Individual Business
MetLife, Inc.

Other people simply have gut feelings.  Lisa Weber has the guts to do something about them.  This 24-year corporate career veteran — and mother of two — has some advice for women on the executive journey.
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Feature Articles:

  • The New Face of Flexibility
    Recently, Forté spoke with some experts who say that the common features of workplace flexibility are changing to meet the demands of the 21st century workplace.
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  • Workplace Flexibility
    We talked to several Forté corporate sponsors about how they provide for the diversity of employee needs.
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  • Getting Ahead by Slowing Down
    Want to get ahead by slowing down?  Ten strategies to slowing down to get ahead in your career and your life.
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  • Staying Balanced 
    Five balance strategies to help working moms.
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  • Taking a Career Break?  Here’s What you Need to Know
    Taking a career break? Find out what you need to know about navigating the ins and outs.
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  • At a Crossroads
    Stay in or step out of the workforce? Learn how these mothers made the balancing act work for them.
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Resources for Working Mothers

Sound advice for women juggling family with career as well as women who are thinking about getting back in the game.

  • Blue Suit Moms
    Advice on parenting, career advancement, the balancing act, meal planning and family health and fitness, delivered in a format that nurtures respect for professional mothers.
  • Club Mom
    Inspiration and advice for working mothers on topics such as flexible work arrangements, childcare solutions and more.
  • Flexibility Alliance
    Organization whose mission is to encourage the full participation of highly skilled mothers in the workforce, and increase social and economic prosperity through programs that increase the number of flexible work situations for mothers and connect highly skilled mothers with flexible work.
  • Jobs and Moms
    Resource for working mothers that gives advice on work/life balance.
  • Mom Corps
    Website that links together companies looking to recruit top talent with experienced professionals looking for flexibility.
  • Mom’s Refuge
    Online community of moms focusing on family, career, and health issues as they relate to working mothers.
  • The, LLC 
    Through national and international chapters, is a rapidly expanding network of exceptionally talented current and returning professional women who are seeking work-life balance and flexibility. We connect and serve two constituencies: women who are interested in permanent full-time and part-time positions, consulting engagements and temporary assignments and the employers who need their top-notch skills and expertise.
  • Work It, Mom!
    Work It, Mom!'s mission is to connect and empower professional moms to thrive in every aspect of their careers, family, and personal lives. We are working extremely hard to create and nurture a supportive community of fellow working moms and to provide you with useful resources that make your daily juggle a bit more manageable.
  • Briefcase Moms:  10 Proven Practices to Balance Working Mothers’ Lives
    by Lisa Martin
  • Harriet Steps Off the Wheel:  A Modern Day Fable About Work/Life Balance
    by Cathleen O’Connor
  • Life Matters:  Creating a Dynamic Balance of Work, Family Time & Money
    By A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca Merrill

General Work/Life Balance Resources

Just because you don’t have children, doesn’t mean you don’t have a life!  And — children or not — who couldn’t use a little a little less stress and lot more calm in their day?  These resources can help give you both.

  • Deloitte Women’s Initiative Blog
    The Deloitte Women's Initiative blog is moderated by Cathy Benko, High Technology Industry Leader for Deloitte Consulting and National Managing Director of the Initiative for the Retention and Advancement of Women, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP ("Deloitte"). The Women’s Initiative Blog is the first blog to help define the next generation workplace and workforce—out there in the world, as well at Deloitte. This is an ongoing community conversation about life, work, and everything in between.
  •  Tools for Healthier Lives
    Work-life balance:  Ways to restore harmony and reduce stress.  If your work life and personal life are out of balance, your stress may be running high.  Here’s how to reclaim control.
  • Work + Life Fit Inc
    Blogging website whose mission is to positively change the cultural conversation to show that work and life can fit together in a way that benefits both the individual and the organization.
  • Life is Not Work, Work is Not Life:  Simple Reminders for Finding Balance in a 24/7 World
    by Robert K. Johnston and J. Walker Smith
  • Stop Living Your Job, Start Living Your Life:  85 Simple Strategies to Achieve Work/Life Balance
    by Andrea Molloy
  • Seeking Joy:  The Real Truth About Work/Life Blance:  Inner Peace for Busy Women
    by Joan Z. Borysenko
  • Z.B.A.:  Zen of Business Administration — How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work and Your Life
    by Marc Lesser
  • Build the Life You Want and Still Have the Time To Enjoy It!  How Busy People Can Maximize their Time in the Real World
    by Jim Claitor and Colleen Contreras
  • Work + Life:  Finding the Fit that’s Right for You
    by Cali Williams Yost
  • The Goddess of Happiness:  A Down-to-Earth Guide for Heavenly Balance and Bliss
    by Debbie Gisonni