Empower Your Team with Work-Life Strategies

Believe it or not, there are specific strategies to make integrating a job and family life rewarding and enjoyable. It’s also possible to smooth the transition back to work after having a baby, for new parents and employers alike. Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD, offers up actionable tools to help new parents feel confident in their role as working parents.

As someone who has taken two long-term paternity leaves during my tenure at the bank, I couldn’t believe my luck that our “Families Matter” affinity group gave us the opportunity to have Lori speak to us just two weeks after my return to work.  Lori offered empathy, vulnerability about her own transitions, and realistic suggestions in a non-judgmental nor didactic manner that gave me a sense of calm (and hope!).  She even took the time after the talk to offer suggestions and encouragement for my wife, who is struggling with a non-supportive environment at work.  I hope more companies large and small will expose returning parents to Lori and her mission.


Senior Vice President, Top 5 Global Bank

Lori is a fantastic subject matter expert and learning facilitator for one of the most important challenges modern organizations and leaders face– supporting employees through the most exciting and potentially exhausting experience they are likely to have in their career: parental leave.  She was an amazing partner to work with, deeply committed to the work, flexible to our specific needs, and able to quickly develop strong rapport with all stakeholders.  I cannot recommend her highly enough!

Donovan Baddley

Partner Development, White & Case LLP

Topics Lori Speaks On

Lori wrote the book on how to have a mindful return from parental leave, and now she’s bringing her expertise on the road. When you invite Lori to speak at your conference, workshop, or team meeting, she’ll arrive ready to engage the room on one of the following topics.  

Work/Life Balance (or Fit, Integration, Harmony…)


Work/life balance might feel like the Holy Grail that everyone’s striving for these days but the reality is, it’s possible. Lori gives teams the tools and tactics required to make this seemingly elusive feeling of balance and integration a reality.

“The law firm I work for engaged Lori to present to our marketing department, and her workshop for the men and women on our team was fantastic.  After our time together, my colleagues were using words like ‘life-changing’ to describe parts of the session. Lori provides very practical, actionable tips and advice to assist men, women, parents, and those without children in managing their work life and personal life in a manner that makes each much more enjoyable.  I would highly recommend her as a speaker and workshop facilitator. (And have already invited her back to speak at another firm event!).” – Aleisha Gravit, Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP

Transitioning Back to Work After Baby


For new working parents, one of the most worrisome parts of having a child is understanding how to return to the workplace when parental leave is over. How will they navigate the transition?  Will their schedule work?? Will they have opportunities to lead and succeed? Lori shows parents how to re-engage with their career after having a baby, without skipping a beat.

“Lori recently presented to our new parents group about how to plan/navigate a mindful return from parental leave. Her meeting inspired us with new ideas and practical tips on how to approach work with a healthier mindset, be more productive, and how to view our leave and return as a leadership opportunity. Everyone who attended got so much out of this interaction. It was just wonderful to hear candid and honest advice from someone who is definitely walking the talk at being a successful working parent. Many thanks, Lori!”  – Ruth Kennedy-Walker, The World Bank Group

Time Management


All professionals these days must managing their time in a world that seems to move at a frenetic pace. As a practicing lawyer, entrepreneur, author, and mom of two, Lori has learned strategies that have made her a time management ninja. In her workshops, Lori offers extremely practical and tactical tips to help individuals and teams be more productive and strategic about the use of their time.

Lori’s presentation entitled “Practical Time Management Strategies for Busy Professionals” was just what our management team needed. The workshop was filled with practical strategies that resulted in our team’s adopting a common language around time management. The day after Lori spent time with us, our Executive Assistant made laminated copies of a pomodoro tomato for each leader in our organization. The Pomodoro Method was spot on! The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and I just wish we had brought Lori in sooner!
– Kelly Collins, Human Resources Director, EveryMind 

What to Expect When You Invite Lori to Speak At Your Next Event

What will you get when you bring Lori Mihalich-Levin on stage at your event, conference, workshop, or team meeting? Compassionate and inspirational guidance on how to integrate work and life, and how to embrace the talents of new parents that so often go unrecognized in the workplace.
Lori is available to speak in a variety of settings, including (but not limited to):


  • Employee retreats and workshops
  • Women’s leadership meetings
  • Parent professional group lunches
  • Workplace wellness week activities
  • Work-life balance communities
Lori’s workshops leave teams feeling energized and empowered to embrace the transition from parental leave and back into the workplace. Her talk, keynote, or workshop, customized for your audience, will offer action items that can be applied immediately.

I was delighted to have Lori speak at our recent event for parents at our company.  As a partner in a large DC law firm, she truly understands the unique pressures facing new parents.  Lori spoke about skills that new parents learn, and how those can translate into better leadership at the office.  Our audience appreciated Lori’s guidance and practical techniques.  She delivered her message with enthusiasm and was extremely relatable to everyone.  Lori covered a wide range of topics from the importance of self-care to returning to work with confidence.

Heather J. Mills, Director
Big Four Accounting Firm

Lori is a versatile speaker who added great value as a panelists at The Women in Law & Leadership Summit in Philadelphia March 14, 2018. She was a speaker on “The Current Landscape: the Silence Breakers, Pay Equity & Creating Change” panel. Lori contributed greatly in her knowledge of not only the challenges faced by women in Law but actions and tools that can be used to create change both personally and as part of an organization.  As a panelist, Lori understood how to keep the flow of the panel discussion going by both speaking and allowing others to engage. I would recommend Lori as a speaker or panel at any conference or summit.

Steve Camac, President
Centerforce Conferences

Lori’s presentation to the ITA Parents’ Group on Mindfulness for Working Parents inspired ITA parents to take a new look at their work-life balance. Besides providing practical tips for working parents, Lori applied ideas and insights from a variety of sources to the world of parenting, helping ITA staff better adjust to life as parents. Lori taught us that working parents can “have it all,” by learning to take a more mindful approach to parenting. 

Sigrid Simpson & Salim Bhabhrawala
International Trade Administration (ITA)

A Taste of What Lori Can Offer

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Our Gift To You

At Mindful Return, we know that calm, thoughtful planning, and time for reflection, are keys to success in working parent life. Our FREE guide, 99 Questions to Ask Yourself Before, During, and After Maternity Leave, is our gift to you and your new bundle of joy.

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