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Letter to My Daughter

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I’m a wife, mother, family member, friend, writer and career woman. I am blessed to have a daughter and son and son-in-law. When Janet Graham and I first met, we conceived the idea of writing a series of letters to my daughter that would distill some of the lessons I’ve learned juggling career and family. While these letters are addressed to Lesley, they are also sent with love to Brian and Greg.   April 11, 2012   Dear Lesley,   I’m so pleased to have your reaction to my first letter. Despite our generation gap, the concerns you raised resonate with my experience. I hadn’t realized that you and your friends are already talking about matters like dual-career families, balancing work and life, making choices about ...

Letter to My Daughter

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Friday, March 23, 2012

I’m a wife, mother, family member, friend, writer and career woman. I am blessed to have a daughter and son and son-in-law. When Janet Graham and I first met, we conceived the idea of writing a series of letters to my daughter that would distill some of the lessons I’ve learned juggling career and family. While these letters are addressed to Lesley, they are also sent with love to Brian and Greg.   March 21, 2012   Dear Lesley,   When Betty Friedan wrote her seminal work, The Feminine Mystique, women of my generation and a bit older responded to her message like soldiers to a bugle call. My copy (the 1974 edition) is a bit faded at the edges and in places the spine is ...

Robin. Accomplishments, Success, Significance

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I asked Robin to tell me about her proudest accomplishments at work. She said: “My proudest accomplishments in the early days were the designations and titles I received and the sales targets I met.  We used to get little gifts for being the highest producers in the office, that sort of thing, and I won many of those in the early days.  So those were fun, nice, trophy-like rewards. Probably the most extrinsic reward I ever had was being taken over by a large firm, which paid off nicely, but intrinsically it was mostly meeting targets and being the top salesperson, which happened a few times, or becoming a vice-president or director that sort of thing. Also, passing all the ...

Robin. Advice for Young Women and Working Mothers

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I asked Robin what she considered to be the best advice she had ever been given and what advice she would pass along to a young woman.  She said: “I think we have an advantage as women. I always tell young women that because there are so many more men in business than women, we have an advantage.  Any decent male citizen would want women to get ahead just because of diversity and the fact that there are so few willing to stick it out, the ones who do have an advantage.  It’s that whole story about having kids and women are the only ones that can do it, so you have to respect that and give the woman an ...