Parents in today’s disorienting world can too readily lose track of who they are and what really matters most, but it doesn’t have to be this way. As a parent, it’s possible to harness the science of leadership to thrive in all aspects of your life. Drawing on her experience as a researcher, educator, consultant, coach, and parent, Alyssa Westring shares a robust and proven method that will help you gain a greater sense of purpose and control. She will share tools, illustrated with compelling examples from the lives of real working parents, for how to design a career and family life based on core values, cultivate a community of caregiving and support in all parts of life and experiment to discover better ways to live and work.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Alyssa Westring is an associate professor of management at the Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University. Alyssa is co-author of Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life from Harvard Business Review Press. As the Director of Research for Total Leadership, Westring brings her expertise to evaluating the impact of Total Leadership on clients and program participants. Findings from this research are used both for continuous program improvement and for disseminating the authors’ discoveries and their implications for both scholars and practitioners.
Westring has coauthored many articles and chapters with Friedman and made significant contributions to the research in his books Leading the Life You Want and Baby Bust. She is also a scholar of diversity and inclusion, with a focus on women’s careers in STEM fields. Her work on women in medicine has been funded by the National Institutes of Health. She is a founding member of the Research Partnership for Women in Science Careers, and her scholarly writing can be found in numerous academic journals. She regularly speaks to Fortune 500 companies about creating organizational cultures that facilitate work-life integration, diversity, and inclusion. She also writes for the popular press. In her TEDx talk, The Secret Life of a Work-Life Insider, she describes how her research questions and personal journey into motherhood have shaped one another.
For questions, contact Ellie Geraghty, ellieg [at] umd [dot] edu