Escape from Alcatraz swimmer. NCAA All-American. Founder of Startup Parent: http:/startupparent.com

I’m going to give myself 40 minutes to write my 2020 annual review as quickly as possible without editing, because if I don’t write something, I’m afraid I won’t write anything for another year. How do you look back on a year like 2020 without the fear of cracking open a can of tears that will never end? I’m wrecked by the year, but somehow still standing. At the very same time, I found so much steadiness and peace, too. …


We’re 90 days into shelter-in-place and social distancing, and I feel the affects on my mental stability and emotional resilience.

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We’re 90 days into shelter-in-place and social distancing, and I’m beginning to feel the affects on my energy, mental stability, and emotional resilience.

To be honest, I feel like a 14-year old teenager again. I notice that I feel way more uncomfortable, insecure, and worried about what other people think about me, at least more than I typically do.

Remember age fourteen? Yeah, I never thought I’d be back there again, but my brain and my mood feel eerily like I did when I was a teenager.

Awkward, uncomfortable, precarious.

This is not easy.

I was chatting with a business friend of mine about this feeling, and she remarked that it’s also an apt metaphor for what many people are going through right now.

The choices we make as a teenager-like the choices to leave home, to choose a college, to get a job, to carve out our adult life-they are weighted with…


This is not a normal time—and it is okay to react as such.

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I only have a few hours a day to write right now, usually early in the morning, while my husband is watching the kids, before we switch back and forth to cover childcare and try to work. It’s almost impossible to think in a straight line when patches of time are scraps of minutes stuffed between dishes and magnatiles and chocolate cake that’s been ground into our carpet with the bare feet of small children. Coffee isn’t working anymore, at least not the way that I want it to. There are so many dishes at the end of the day…


A Working Parent’s Prep Guide To Staying Safe and Sane During The 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic

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What should we be doing to prepare our families, workplaces, and communities for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The time to prepare for COVID-19 outbreaks is right now, today, yesterday. We need to prepare, we need to act, and we need to step up and do things differently than we’ve done before.

In this article I’ll cover:

1 — What are Coronavirus and COVID-19?
2 — Why we should all prepare: point of view
3 — What we are dealing with, an overview
4 — The social and civic reasons to prepare
5 — Dealing with fear and worry and how to stay calm
6 — Is this just media just hype? …


A Working Parent’s Prep Guide To Staying Safe and Sane During COVID-19 — From the executive director of Startup Pregnant

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How do you prepare for a baby with the advent of Coronavirus? Here are my thoughts.

This is part of an ongoing series on Coronavirus and COVID-19. In the first article, I outline why we all need to prepare right now and what we need to do to get on board with social distancing and slowing the spread of the disease. In this article, I want to talk about pregnancy and preparing for birth while dealing with the coronavirus outbreaks.

DISCLAIMERS: I am a parent, a writer, and a researcher with degrees in psychology and biology, as well as a graduate degree in urban planning and landscape architecture. I like to plan ahead for things and…


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I’m gathering a group of people together this year for ten months to help you stay accountable to your big dream — that thing you want to do.

The purpose of the program is to help you stay accountable to your goals for the coming year, and to do so around other smart, committed people looking to do the same.

What do you want most in 2020?

Whether you want to play more piano, you want to write regular blog posts, you’re trying to stick to a new exercise routine, or you want to add more community back in your life — whatever your goal is, this group is here to have your back.

It’s a blend of an online course (aka videos + love notes + rifs…


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It’s 4:52am in the morning on a drizzly morning in New York City, and I’ve gotten up early to write this before my children wake up. My partner and I both work full-time — I’m part of a two-adult, two-income household with a toddler and a newborn. At night, I’m spending my time arranging help for a friend who is struggling, and in the new few weeks, my stepmom and father will have hip and knee surgeries, respectively. And these parents? They’re arranging care for my step-grandmother, who lives with them, making sure she will be adequately taken care of…


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Decision paralysis is real. Sometimes when I have a huge decision looming ahead of me, it’s hard to figure out what to do. Right now, I’m about four weeks away from taking maternity leave as a founder, and setting up my business to work while I’m gone has been a next-level challenge.

Just the other day, I met with my operations planning team, and we reviewed the pile of work that I had on my plate ahead of me. My lead operations person looked at me and said “Sarah, you have to make some tough decisions here. …


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Working Mother just released its annual list of the “100 Best Companies” for working mothers, and it’s no surprise that the top-ranking companies offer paid parental leave, childcare assistance, and flex-time options. But some of the findings were a surprise — like the rise of gender-neutral parental leaves, and how these companies stack up to traditional HR benefits packages (hint: there are some stark differences).

I dug into the report and asked Subha Barry, President of Working Mother Media, to share her thoughts on where we have to go from here. Here’s what companies like Deloitte, McKinsey, Bain & Company…


Join our annual leadership program for women entrepreneurs, business leaders, and senior managers — who are also navigating pregnancy, parenting, and family life.

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The Wise Women’s Council is back for a fourth year!

In 2018, we launched the first Startup Parent community mastermind for a group of talented, inspiring women entrepreneurs, thinkers, and do-ers. We expanded the program in 2019, and again in 2020, leading 28 women through a nine-month leadership growth journey over the course of the year.

We’re back for our 2021 cycle and we would love to have you join us. …

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