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  • 5 May 2021Career, Confidence, Inspiration, Job Search Skills • Susan Rietano Davey

    The Alexa Problem

    Alexa doesn’t live at our house. When we installed our Sonos sound system, we purposefully decided we could handle the ‘inconvenience’ of having to select a playlist on our phones rather than barking at a smart speaker.

    I’m so glad we did. Alexa, I’ve learned, is annoyingly contrite.

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  • 16 October 2019Career, Work + Life Balance • Susan Rietano Davey

    Maternity Leave: Then and Now

    You know those women who plan out their lives and everything goes pretty much according to schedule? Well, I’m not one of them. If you read my blog, you know that I call myself an “accidental businessperson” and that I’m a mom who had four kids in six years, the youngest of whom I birthed the day after getting the cast removed from my broken left leg. (I won’t say how I broke it, but it had something to do with being up in a tree). I thrive in chaos and prefer my ‘schedules’ (if I have them at all) to be loose.

    It made perfect (but painful) sense, therefore, that my first pregnancy didn’t follow any conventional plan.

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  • 1 May 2019Career, Inspiration • Susan Rietano Davey

    Stop Talking Small!

    About 18 years ago, two of the major insurers in our part of Connecticut instituted massive layoffs. Many highly skilled, accomplished mid-level professionals were soon out on the street looking for work. At the time, I was partner at Flexible Resources, Inc., a flexible work consulting and staffing firm (and the original champions of the flexible workplace). 

    Our typical client was the “MBA Mom” looking return to (or pivot into) a part-time or flexible work arrangement. But during this period, I was seeing a steady stream of recently laid off men and women who may not have wanted a part-time gig, but were open to pretty much any type of work.

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  • 24 April 2019Career, Confidence • Susan Rietano Davey

    Recovering from Mom Guilt

    I met my friend Anne Marie through her daughter, Nicole, a classmate of my son Jackson’s at Roaring Brook Elementary School. One day I ran into Anne Marie in the school parking lot minutes before the second grade Literary Tea Party. I was pulling in on two wheels, predictably late. Anne Marie was on time, in her car, changing clothes.

    “What are you doing?” I asked, shocked that anyone might think volunteering for an elementary school book reading required any wardrobe consideration.

    “I had a work meeting,” she replied, pulling off a beautiful blazer. “Nicole doesn’t like me to come to school in ‘work’ clothes.”

    Little seven-year-old Nicole preferred her mother, a brilliant tech professional, to come to school in yoga pants or jeans so as not to call attention to the fact that she worked.

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  • 16 April 2019Career, Inspiration • Susan Rietano Davey

    What It Takes To Succeed As An Entrepreneur

    Kelley and I are serial entrepreneurs. Prepare to Launch U is not the first business start-up rodeo for either of us. Creating something and being our own bosses is just what we’re wired to do.

    Through Prepare to Launch U, and in our private practices, we meet many women who feel the same. Or at least they want the same. Or they think they want the same. After exploring options for a career-return or pivot, they decide they want to go the entrepreneurial route.

    The truth is, however, only a small percentage of them are well suited to entrepreneurship – and only a small percentage of that percentage will actually succeed.

    Starting and running your own business is hard.

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  • 10 April 2019Career • Susan Rietano-Davey

    The Financial Case for Going Back to Work

    When I left Xerox Corporation to stay home with my firstborn Tucker, back in 1994, I was surprised about what I missed most about my work life. It wasn’t the familiar connection with clients and colleagues, or the excitement of landing a big deal or launching a new product. It was the money.

    This was astonishing to me. I wasn’t, and never have been, money motivated. Bob and I could live comfortably on his income, so my opting out wasn’t financially burdensome. I was part of the fortunate minority who could make the choice to pause a career and stay home without sacrificing lifestyle or basic needs.

    Except that I did sacrifice.

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