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.
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!
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…)
“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
“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
“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
- Employee retreats and workshops
- Women’s leadership meetings
- Parent professional group lunches
- Workplace wellness week activities
- Work-life balance communities
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
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)