Senior National Correspondent for Yahoo! News & Author
Lisa Belkin is the Senior National Correspondent for Yahoo News, covering American social issues. She joined Yahoo in 2014, after nearly two years as the Senior Correspondent at the Huffington Post, where she reported and opined about life, work and family. Read More >
Balance is a word thrown around too often and understood too little. It is also impossible to achieve. In a practical and humorous talk, Belkin explores how we have tied ourselves up in knots trying to attain balance; suggests that we redefine the goal; and offers strategies for how to make that happen.
Belkin takes a personal look at mixing parenting with work and how she blended the history of the workplace with her own life. As one of the first to “work from home” during the 90s, she shares how she “dropped the ball” many times before eventually figuring it all out, and advises others on how to make it all work.
Our attitude toward work has evolved into one that gives employees more flexibility and has more respect for life outside the office. We have created new ways of working, using technology to free us from a 9-5pm day seated at a desk. But cutting-edge research and forward-thinking companies are stretching the structure of the workplace even further. How far have we come and how much further should we aim to go?
It has been ten years since Belkin wrote the controversial New York Times Magazine cover story “The Opt-Out Revolution.” The article, which first coined the term for the trend of educated women abandoning careers for children, changed the national conversation about life and work. Are women still opting out? How has the workplace changed for mothers? In what ways SHOULD it change? Is Sheryl Sandberg right, the problem is that women are not “leaning in?” Or is Anne-Marie Slaughter right, the problem is the workplace forces women out?