What an honor! I’ve been invited to be a guest panelist for a public conversation by my university.
The talks are hosted by different cafés throughout the semester, to tackle a variety of “societal challenges”. Anyone can come and give their opinion, and it’s a great way to learn and exchange ideas.
The topic I will be tackling:
The Parenting Profession: What impact does taking parental leave have on our ability to work and plan a career?
That’s a bit of a stumper. Where to begin?
Well, my first thought is, “I’m grateful.”
I know that I’m lucky to live in a country where I can get a year of paid leave. But let’s face it. It’s not just about the money, right? So much changes in our life from the moment we hold a precious baby in our arms. And then the impending return to work looms and our careers take a turn… down where?
So I’m gathering ideas to discuss with the crowd showing up at my favorite mama-baby coffee shop, Melons & Clementines, and I need your help.
How has your career fared since you had a baby?