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Diversity and Inclusion: what’s the difference? Why should we care?

A special and unusual event occurred on June 23 in Frankfurt on the rooftop and meeting rooms of the 25 Hours Hotel by Levi’s — yes, the denim jeans company Levi’s helped design the hotel. Thus we all wore jeans and sneakers (well, I didn’t, but that’s more because I don’t wear jeans to give […]

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Women in leadership: What should we know? What should we do?

So, you’re a woman in a leadership position: what now? How can you master the delicate position between the expectations for a woman and for leaders? Where did those expectations come from, anyway? What can we do about it? And, what makes women such great leaders? We talked about all that tonight. A unique thing […]

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WORK 2015 Conference in Turku, Finland: Bright August Nights

Thank goodness that talented folks put on stimulating conferences. The Turku, Finland WORK2015 was just such a conference. When I got word in September 2014 that Turku, Finland would be the site for a conference on “New Meanings of Work” in August 2015, I submitted a paper on a topic dear to my heart for the stream […]

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A beautiful life as a (woman) scientist: easier than you’d think!

On July 10, 2015, I met with a fascinating and dynamic group of young women scientists at the University of Siegen. Some were celebrating the conclusion of their mentoring program, and another group was marking the beginning of the journey with their mentors. On this beautiful sunny day, we talked about their ideal futures and […]

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Cross-company mentoring: leaders develop leaders!

On September 23, 2015, I had the privilege of speaking with mentors and mentees of a unique 9-company cross-company mentoring program. Fraport hosted the event in their spacious conference area. The mood was as bright as the flowers given in appreciation (pictured on the cover). My presentation is available here for anyone interested in about […]

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What kinds of people fuel the new backlash? Why do we need limits on paid work?

A continuation of the Blog on the new Backlash: why we need to defend work-life research and policies, from my presentation at the Conference “6th International Community, Work and Family Conference in Malmö, Sweden from 19-22 May 2015”. This presentation and blog were inspired by my response to Thomas Vasek’s book “Work-Life Bullshit” which we […]

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A new backlash? How to Defend Work-Family Policies: Presentation in Malmö, Sweden

Work-family policies and programming have made enormous leaps forward in the public and private sectors in the last decades of the 20th century and first decades of the 21st century. The goal, broadly and generally stated, is enabling paid work, unpaid work, family care, self-care, and community involvement to all be part of a normal […]

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Making meaning when the harvest comes to nothing

Before I left on vacation, I carefully preserved the summer’s harvest in the freezer. I spent hours picking and de-stoning cherries, hours picking raspberries and gooseberries (The gooseberry bushes act like angry cats when you try to take their berries, and I am often asked after harvest, “do you have a cat that you bathed […]

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The uniqueness of the German academic system: my insider and outsider perspective, Part II

On January 9, 2013, I gave the keynote talk at the “Meet the Female Faculty” Event at the Ruhr-University of Bochum. The Equal Opportunities Office and the Internal Continuing Education Office at Bochum team up to offer a special program for women scientists to meet each other and talk about their careers. I’ll present the […]

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The King, Cinderella, and 168 Hours: Work and Free Space

Just published! In: Prethinking Work: Insights on the Future of Work. Sabina Jeschke, Frank Hees, Anja Richert, Sven Trantow (eds). Vienna: LIT Verlag. I’m writing this at my home office on a snowy February morning. The topic Prethinking work invites me to reflect on the prefix pre, sending my thoughts to previous historical times. And […]

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