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A podcast for working parents presented by Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD, founder of Mindful Return, and Jason Levin, MBA, founder of Ready Set Launch, exploring work-life integration in all different roles, industries, and professions.

Techniques for parents in dealing with everything from sleep deprivation and managing work-life issues, to help you excel at work while also raising your family.

Parents At Work Lori Mihalich-Levin

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A podcast for working parents presented by Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD, founder of Mindful Return, and Jason Levin, MBA, founder of Ready Set Launch, exploring work-life integration in all different roles, industries, and professions.

Techniques for parents in dealing with everything from sleep deprivation and managing work-life issues, to help you excel at work while also raising your family.

    48: Dads in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Part 2

    48: Dads in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Part 2

    In this episode of Parents at Work, Lori Mihalich-Levin and Jason Levin talk to another amazing dad who is a professional in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)!
    Juan Otero serves as Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Comcast Corporation, where he leads DEandI initiatives across Comcast NBC Universal, focusing specifically on governance, public policy, and strategic employee engagement. His responsibilities include the oversight of DEandI analytics; organizational alignment on the company’s public policy positions with DEandI implications; broad activation of employee resource groups and related volunteerism platforms; and development of targeted DEandI workforce education and training. He also supports the integration of DEandI into Comcast NBC Universal’s community impact initiatives.
    Juan is married to his wonderful wife, Julissa, and they have an active son, Julian, who is five years old. Juan holds a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and an MPA from American University.
    Juan talks about his experience as a parent working in diversity, equity, and inclusion. He discusses his confusion and fear after becoming a parent, the fantastic support he received in the workplace, and how his priorities changed after he became a dad.
    Stay tuned to hear about Juan’s life as a dad working in the world of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    Show highlights:
    Juan tells the story of how he met his wife and landed up where he is today in the world of working parents. (2:53)
    Juan discusses what it is like for him to be a parent working in diversity, equity, and inclusion. (6:13)
    Becoming a dad helped Juan evolve in his role at Comcast and gave him a different viewpoint regarding various racial issues. (8:03)
    Juan had a wonderfully supportive boss who understood his confusion after becoming a parent and explained everything Comcast had available, in terms of parental support. (11:14)
    Juan explains how he had to re-prioritize his life after his son was born. (12:27)
    The strategies Juan uses as a leader to support his people. (15:15)
    Even though Juan got all he needed in terms of parental support in the workplace, he would still have appreciated having someone to talk to about his wellness. (18:08)
    Juan talks about his first paid job and explains how it made an imprint on him. (20:34)
    What has parenthood taught Juan in terms of career-related skills? (22:58)
    Juan discusses his part in shaping the conversation around working parenthood. (26:57)
    How heart-focused breathing can help working parents avoid freaking out. (32:42)

    Links and resources:
    https://corporate.comcast.com/ (Comcast Corporation)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/juan-otero-08ab393/ (Juan Otero on LinkedIn)


    Books mentioned:


    https://amzn.to/3cBYAuX (A Tale of Two Cities), by Charles Dickens


    https://amzn.to/3B1Asv8 (The Godfather), by Mario Puzo


    https://amzn.to/3cxf6MT (Dog Man, A Tale of Two Kitties), by Dav Pilkey


    https://amzn.to/3TvlTaA (Pete the Cat), by Kimberly Dean, James Dean, and Eric Litwin
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Get the new book: Relationships to Infinity, the Art and Science of Keeping In Touch from Ready, Set, Launch
    Head over to www.readysetlaunch.net to grab your copy of the book, Relationships to Infinity, the Art and Science of Keeping In Touch.
    https://parents-at-work.captivate.fm/relationshipbook (Ready Set Launch Book)

    • 31 min
    47: Dads in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Part 1

    47: Dads in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Part 1

    Lori Mihalich-Levin and Jason Levin are back with the second of their series of episodes featuring moms and dads who are diversity, equity, and inclusion professionals.
    In this episode of Parents at Work, Lori and Jason are excited to talk to the fabulous dad, Ken Imo!
    Ken Imo is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Adobe. He is an accomplished executive, author, lawyer, and U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps veteran who promotes organizational change through diversity, equity and inclusion, and other strategic human capital initiatives.
    Ken is a proud husband to his wife, Jennifer, and is the father of three girls, Olivia, who is fifteen, twelve-year-old twins, Cecelia and Juliette, and two dogs, Julio Jones, and the puppy they got during Covid, Sir Lewis Hamilton, also known as Louie. Ken was a four-year scholar-athlete at Southern Methodist University and received his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law.
    Ken talks about his evolution as a working dad and describes what it’s like to be a working parent in the DEI space. He also shares his recommendations for workplace improvements for parents and discusses the similarities between the issues faced by working parents and those that exist in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    Stay tuned to hear Ken’s inspiring working dad story!
    Show highlights:
    Ken and his wife are setting an example for their daughters in how they navigate their personal and professional lives. (3:22)
    Why Ken likes to look at his work as an extension of the Civil Rights Movement. (4:09)
    Ken would like his children to understand why his work is so important to him. (4:38)
    The challenges of being a working parent in the DEI space. (6:12)
    What Ken does for self-care and to reset and restore himself. (11:05)
    Ken appreciated getting parental leave when his daughters were born. (16:11)
    Some companies could do a better job of advertising the benefits they offer for working parents and encouraging people to use them. (22:28)
    Most Americans tend to underutilize their paid time off. (22:54)
    Ken talks about his first paid job, his motivation for doing it, and the lessons he learned. (27:51)
    Ken’s career trajectory started in service, and much of what he does today is about intentionally helping others. (32:02)
    Ken discusses his role in helping organizations to stay vigilant and creative while promoting a more inclusive environment, addressing workplace challenges, and coming up with solutions. (35:07)


    “Anything that allows us to effectively do our jobs, and effectively do our most important job, that is parenting, we should take full advantage
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Get the new book: Relationships to Infinity, the Art and Science of Keeping In Touch from Ready, Set, Launch
    Head over to www.readysetlaunch.net to grab your copy of the book, Relationships to Infinity, the Art and Science of Keeping In Touch.
    https://parents-at-work.captivate.fm/relationshipbook (Ready Set Launch Book)

    • 40 min
    46: Moms in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    46: Moms in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Lori Mihalich-Levin and Jason Levin are back with their tradition of interviewing moms and dads in specific industries, sectors, or roles. In this series, they will be interviewing moms and dads who are diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) professionals.
    Today Lori and Jason are excited to interview two amazing moms, Kamillah Knight and Jaya Saxena!
    Kamillah Knight is a change superhero! She strives to change how people interact with their environment, including their physical environment and those around them. Currently, Kamillah is a Senior Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Danaher’s Water Quality Platform. Before that, she worked as the head of diversity and inclusion at Ferrero and at Unilever in diversity and inclusion, sales, and supply chain. Kamillah is also deeply involved in volunteer work with her local community and her alma mater, Cornell University. Her most recent degree from Cornell is an MBA. Kamillah has a ten-year-old daughter.
    Jaya Saxena is the mom of two delightful and spirited girls, who are five and nine years old. Jaya is a Diversity and Inclusion Strategist and former practicing attorney with fifteen years of advocacy and professional development experience. Her experience includes working in Legal Services, Law School Administration, and at an Am Law 10 Law firm. She currently works at a global economic consultancy, leading firm-wide DEI efforts. Jaya is an active member of her community, and she serves on multiple non-profit boards.
    In this episode of Parents at Work, Kamillah and Jaya talk about the joys and challenges of being working parents in the DEI space. They discuss the importance of honesty, vulnerability, and flexibility in the workplace, and talk about networking, support structures, and inclusivity.
    Stay tuned today to hear Kamillah and Jaya’s inspiring working mom stories!
    Show highlights:
    When Kamillah entered the workforce, she struggled to understand how she could be successful in her career and the best mom she could be. (3:49)
    Kamillah talks about the things she built into her schedule when she entered the workforce to ensure that she spent enough time with her daughter. (4:56)
    When Jaya had her first daughter, she was older than most first-time moms. (7:47)
    Jaya’s journey is constantly evolving, and she keeps on learning as new challenges present themselves. (8:40)
    Jaya talks about the gifts and hardships she has experienced as a working parent in the DEI space. (10:07)
    Working in the DEI space puts Kamillah at the forefront of understanding different ways of communicating things to her daughter. (12:39)
    Kamillah always tries to be honest with her daughter when talking to her about issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. (14:55)
    Jaya has learned to be okay with not knowing all the answers when her daughters ask her difficult questions. (16:40)
    Flexible working was a game-changer and Kamillah’s number one workplace support when she became a working parent. (18:24)
    Jaya would have liked to have had more support around nursing and breastfeeding after her children were born. (24:38)
    Parenthood has taught Kamillah about empathy, balance, and time management. (31:04)
    Jaya has learned many skills as a parent, including resilience and competence when navigating through challenging situations. (38:35)
    Vulnerability is vital when shaping conversations around working parenthood. (40:01)
    Common biases need to get acknowledged in the workplace. (41:55)

    Links and resources:


    https://www.dhwaterquality.com/ (The Danaher Water Platform)


    https://www.linkedin.com/in/kamillahknight/ (Kamillah Knight on LinkedIn)


    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jayasaxena2010/ (Jaya Saxena on LinkedIn)


    If you are the leader of a working parent or caregiver employee resource group at your organization, go to http://www.mindfulreturn.com/wpgn (www.mindfulreturn.com/wpgn) to sign up for the Working Parent Group...

    • 45 min
    45: Division of Household Labor – Part 2 with Sergio Rosario

    45: Division of Household Labor – Part 2 with Sergio Rosario

    Lori Mihalich-Levin and Jason Levin continue with their two-part series on an issue that working parents in all careers, roles, and industries struggle with: how household labor gets divided.
    In the second part of this series, Lori and Jason are excited to have an amazing dad, Sergio Rosario, joining them to carry on the conversation about the important, emotionally-charged, and controversial topic of who does what in the home!
    Sergio was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Nine years ago, his life and work brought him to Virginia. He met his beautiful wife, also from Puerto Rico, and a US Army officer, seven years ago. They live in Fayetteville, North Carolina, but they will soon be moving back to Virginia. Sergio is a social worker, musician, educator, fatherhood advocate, the founder of Soy Super Papa, and the course coach and lead for Mindful Return’s Spanish Language Working Dad Course. Sergio and his wife have a five-year-old daughter named Stella.
    In this episode of Parents at Work, Sergio dives into what makes household labor a critical topic and why it is so full of emotion. He offers some excellent advice to help couples start a conversation about household labor and avoid allowing emotion to interfere with our discussions about chores. He also talks about the benefits of good communication and explains how he progressed towards taking responsibility in his relationship.
    Stay tuned to today’s conversation to hear what Sergio has to say about finding common ground around a healthy division of household labor!
    Show highlights:
    When he met his wife, Sergio knew that he would have to make some lifestyle changes! (5:08)
    Sergio explains what motivated him to start helping parents communicate better. (9:03)
    Why does Sergio think household labor is such a critical and emotionally-charged topic? (11:55)
    Sergio and his wife approach their household labor as a common goal with no gender roles assigned. (12:37)
    Sergio offers some advice to help people avoid becoming emotional around household tasks. (14:07)
    Sergio describes the systems that he and his wife use in their home. (15:35)
    How Sergio and his wife progressed in their relationship around issues related to household labor. (21:42)
    How Sergio and his family have benefited from having good communication. (24:28)
    Lori randomly draws a birthday celebration card from Eve Rodsky’s Fair Play deck for Sergio. They talk about birthday celebrations to see what comes up around the division of labor on that topic. (27:10)
    Sergio explains how partners can start a conversation about household labor. (32:37)
    How to address breakdowns in the division of labor. (38:11)
    The importance of having conversations about gender roles. (41:04)

    Links and resources:
    https://mcusercontent.com/ce5f549395234febf46aa4ac6/files/201bb852-e042-6945-5f39-59826fb2a7b5/MR_Flyer_Version_en_Espanol_Papas_que_trabajan_.pdf (Mindful Return’s Spanish Language Working Dad Course)
    http://soysuperpapa.com/ (Soy Super Papa)
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Get the new book: Relationships to Infinity, the Art and Science of Keeping In Touch from Ready, Set, Launch
    Head over to www.readysetlaunch.net to grab your copy of the book, Relationships to Infinity, the Art and Science of Keeping In Touch.
    https://parents-at-work.captivate.fm/relationshipbook (Ready Set Launch Book)

    • 46 min
    44: Division of Household Labor – Part 1 with Eve Rodsky

    44: Division of Household Labor – Part 1 with Eve Rodsky

    In this episode, Lori Mihalich-Levin and Jason Levin took a detour from their usual pattern of interviewing moms and dads in different industries and sectors to discuss an issue that all working parents struggle with - how household labor gets divided. They have created a two-part series of special guests to dive into this important, juicy, and emotionally-charged topic!
    Today, Lori and Jason are delighted to welcome Eve Rodsky to the podcast. Eve is a mom and a working parent celebrity. She is the author of the New York Times best-selling book Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live). She is also the author of the brand-new book, Find Your Unicorn Space: Reclaim Your Creative Life in a Too-Busy World.
    Eve is a lawyer, and she has done extensive work in family mediation, strategy, and organizational management. She is married to Seth, and they have three children. Zach is thirteen, Ben is ten, and Anna is five.
    In this episode of Parents at Work, Eve unpacks the relationship evolution that takes place in a marriage after the children come along. She shares the Fair Play origin story, explains the power of having systems in place, and plays a game with the Fair Play cards to help couples understand how baggage and assumptions make things emotionally charged.
    Tune into today’s conversation to learn about the value of systems and find out how couples can share household chores without triggering each other.
    Show highlights:
    Eve talks about her first job as a bar mitzvah dancer. (4:16)
    How Eve started helping parents communicate better. (7:24)
    Eve explains why things become so emotionally charged in the home after the children start to arrive. (12:38)
    Eve plays a game with her Fair Play cards and explains what they represent. (14:10)
    Playing with the Fair Play cards helps people understand the baggage that tends to get caught up in the division of labor in the home. (23:46)
    Fair Play is an ownership mindset and a no excuse zone. Eve explains how it started to work in her home. (24:07)
    It is vital to understand the context of why people do things. (26:45)
    Why are systems vital in the home? (30:00)
    How to unlock the secret formula for boundaries, distance, and communication and start the conversation. (36:49)
    What allowed Eve to feel that she had started to make progress with issues around the division of labor in her home? (39:47)
    How to reframe or replace toxic messages and create a new way forward. (43:40)
    Eve talks about the Fair Play documentary. (48:44)



    Mentioned in this episode:
    Provide an Employee Benefit for Moms Returning After Maternity Leave
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    https://parents-at-work.captivate.fm/for-employers (Mindful Return Course Ad)

    • 50 min
    43: Dads in Executive Search

    43: Dads in Executive Search

    Lori Mihalich-Levin and Jason Levin continue with their tradition of interviewing moms and dads in different industries and sectors. In this episode of Parents at Work, Lori and Jason focus on the narrow yet important niche of dads in executive search and interview the dynamic dads, Julian Ha and Patrick Gray!
    Julian has been an Executive Search Consultant for more than fifteen years. He is a former corporate attorney, venture capitalist, and investment banker. He is a partner with Heidrick and Struggles, based in Washington DC, and a member of the firm’s CEO and Board practice. He leads the firm’s global Government Affairs and Trade Association work and co-leads their Professionals of Color Employee Resource Group.
    Julian has been married to his wife, Annette, for almost twenty years. They have two teenage boys, a ten-year-old daughter, and a rescue dog called Blake.
    Patrick is a former US Army Intelligence Officer. He has been an Executive Search Consultant for almost twenty years. He established the DC area office in the Aerospace and Defence practice at Raines International, and he leads their Industrial practice. Raines is an executive search and leadership advisory firm with nine offices.
    Patrick has been married to his wife, Megan, for 24 years, and they have four children. Aiden is 21, Colin is 18, Rylan is 15, and Tristan is 13.
    Today, Julian and Patrick share candidly about their lives as working parents. They talk about what it is like to be dads in executive search and dive into workplace flexibility, support, normalizing paternity leave, and shaping the conversation around working parenthood.
    Stay tuned today to hear Julian and Patrick’s uplifting working dad stories!
    Show highlights:
    Patrick’s working parent story started in graduate school. (3:31)
    Julian and his wife, Annette, wanted their kids to have an American suburban experience. (6:26)
    Julian likes to be an equal partner. He is very involved in raising his kids. (8:57)
    Working in executive search, Julian has found more flexibility to do pick-ups and drop-offs and be more involved in his kids’ activities. (9:59)
    Evolving technology in the executive search business has allowed Patrick more flexibility as a working dad. (10:56)
    Julian is fortunate to be part of a firm that is conscious of being collaborative, and in which parents are encouraged to support one another. (13:33)
    Patrick talks about the financial benefits available for families and the changing conversation around fathers taking parental leave. (16:04)
    Julian describes the pro-active support provided by his firm to allow fathers to take parental leave. (20:40)
    Parenthood has helped Patrick become more patient and empathetic over the years. (22:20)
    Being a parent has taught Julian time management skills and adaptability. (23:55)
    Patrick and Julian talk about their roles as dads in executive search to shape the conversation around working parenthood. (27:24)
    What can candidates do to work better with someone in executive search? (32:52)
    Patrick advises working parents to become resilient and learn to bounce back quickly! (39:04)
    Julian feels that flexibility is vital for working parents! (44:20)

    Links and resources:
    https://www.heidrick.com/en/ (Heidrick and Struggles)
    https://rainesinternational.com/aerospace-defense-and-government-services/ (The Aerospace, Defense, and Government Services at Raines Internationa)l
    https://www.aesc.org/ (The Association of Executive Search Consultants)
    https://www.blinkist.com/ (Blinkist)
    https://dailydad.com/ (The Daily Dad)
    Books mentioned:
    https://amzn.to/3vF0tOj (Relationships to Infinity: The Art and Science of Keeping in Touch, by Jason Levin)
    https://amzn.to/3F9SvzC (The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss)
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Get the new book: Relationships to Infinity, the Art and Science of Keeping In Touch from Ready, Set, Launch
    Head over to www.readysetlaunch.net to grab your copy of the...

    • 43 min

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