Don’t Blame “Corporate America…”

There have been a number of responses to the Lean OUT message saying that ‘Corporate America’ needs to change its expectations of what professional success looks like. I couldn’t agree more. But since we can’t write a complaint letter to Mrs. Corporate America, how do we go about getting her to change? The problem isn’t …

A Father’s Day Legacy

On an unseasonably chilly June afternoon, against the majestic backdrop of Mt. Bachelor illuminated in the Oregon sun, surrounded by Aspen trees shivering in the wind, 85 guests witnessed vows of commitment and love between my cousin, Paul, and his new bride, Michelle. Throughout the evening, we all toasted and danced in celebration of the …

Accomplished Silicon Valley Men Can Lean OUT Too

My Facebook feed recently showed a post from a friend who is a very respected leader at my former company, a promising billion-dollar Silicon Valley startup. His post announced that after four years (which is an eternity at a skyrocketing startup), he was leaving the company. This friend had joined the company shortly after I …

Why My Five-Year-Old Didn’t Get Any Birthday Presents

This last Sunday we had my sweet Everett’s fifth birthday party (he has no idea that today is his actual birthday). It was a classic March morning at our home in California; the warm Spring sun shined on our first guests as they walked up the driveway then fat raindrops fell on the guests who …

Ballad of a “Tired” Career Woman

I’m tired of being told by billionaire COO’s to "Lean In" and to “have it all” I’m tired of pretending I want to climb the corporate ladder as high as I possibly can, no matter what the cost I’m tired of reading “empowering” self-help books that tell me how I can achieve my greatest possible …

“Daddy, when are you coming home?”

This morning was like any other in the office: calm, orderly, busy but peaceful. My friendly, professional co-workers were scattered about the open office floor, comfortably nestled into each of their five-foot by five-foot worlds. Most were reading through the few dozen emails that filled up their inbox since they last checked it at 10pm …