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How To Pause For Parenthood Without Killing Your Career

Lisen Stromberg CEO & Founder of Prism Work (left) and Poornima Vijayashanker Founder of Femgineer (right)

Interview with Lisen Stromberg CEO & Founder of Prism Work

Many of us think of a career as the period between college graduation and retirement. We’ve bought into the myth that taking a pause is considered a career killer because to truly be successful we have to keep working!

As a result, many companies both large and small have developed a work-first culture that operates 24/7.

But what if we want more from life than just work?

I’m not talking about work and life balance.

I mean taking a REAL pause that is longer than a weekend or a month vacation and isn’t tied to work taking a sabbatical from work to write a book, travel, start a company, or go back to school.

I mean pausing just for a life goal, like pausing for parenthood.

Is it even possible and can we do it without killing our careers?

Lisen’s latest book Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood without Killing Your Career

Well to help us answer this question, I’ve invited Lisen Stromberg who is the CEO & Founder of Prism Work, a culture innovation consultancy. She and her team partner with companies, leaders, and advocates to innovate the workplace so the next generation isn’t forced to choose between work and family. Lisen is also the author of the new book Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career.

In this episode you’ll learn the following from Lisen:

  • Why we should consider planning a pause in our career
  • Why one of the reasons we don’t pause for parenthood is the stigma behind caregiving
  • How our current work culture puts a strain on fathers
  • Why pausing isn’t a career killer and many go on to thrive after their pause

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