Ok, Women Can't Have It All, But Maybe No One Can
Anne-Marie Slaughter writes an open letter stating she never felt she could manage her job and have a healthy family life. Marissa Mayer becomes CEO of Yahoo! and announces she's pregnant and working through maternity leave. Sheryl Sandberg gains attention with a somewhat contradictory suggestion that women need to step up, not take no for an answer, and work harder.
Work-life balance has been a major topic of discussion recently, but the focus has been primarily on women.
However, there's been little talk about the general culture in the start-up/technology/Silicon Valley-ish spaces, where people swear you only need two hours of sleep a night, that you’re supposed to feel burnt out or you aren’t working hard enough.
It's become a competition, and an unhealthy one. But it's unhealthy for everyone, man or woman. Is it that everyone doesn't understand or accept the value of work-life balance?
Do we need to change this perception of how to be successful for everyone?
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- How has the culture of little sleep, little personal time and few mental breaks affected our ability to become successful? Has it become a competition for who "works the hardest"?
- Is this a problem that affects everyone? Is it more prevalent with certain groups, women for instance? Is this the right way to look at it? Or is it a general problem that certain groups are denying?
- What are some of the benefits of creating a health(ier) work-life balance in these high-paced environments?
- Can you actually be successful without having these extreme views on work? If we "pin" the need for work-life balance on a particular group (again, women for instance), does this make their chances of success less achievable, or is that a misperception?
- Should we shift our perceptions to support the idea that anyone can still work hard and be successful by also maintaining a "healthy" work-life balance? Is this a necessity?
- Kate Brodock, Executive Director of Digital & Social Media (SU) | CMO (GIT), Syracuse University (SU) | Girls in Tech (GIT)
- Jesse Draper, CEO, Valley Girl, Inc
- Nicole Glaros, Managing Director, TechStars
- Caroline Howard, Editor, Forbes
Kate Brodock, Executive Director of Digital & Social Media (SU) | CMO (GIT), Syracuse University (SU) | Girls in Tech (GIT)
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