D&I Community Forum:
"I've Leaned In, Now What" a Conversation with Jill Ebstein, Author of At My Own Pace
Jill Ebstein, SizedRight Marketing
Jill Ebstein received her MBA from Wharton in 1983. She worked as a management consultant for a Big 8 firm, then had various business development and operational positions at Citicorp and Hewlett Packard, followed by stints at Hologic and SafeScience. Her role has always been marketing-centric, involving a combination of capturing the customer voice, business development, and helping teams work across silos -- managing the "white space". For the last 16 years, Jill has had her own consulting practice, SizedRight Marketing. On the side, Jill has written for various magazines, and with her husband Steve has raised and help launch 3 kids who are now officially "twenty-somethings." She found herself frequently acting as a sounding board/life coach for her colleagues and friends. As an outgrowth of that, last year Jill published her first book, At My Pace, which seeks to expand the lean-in conversation. Jill is a frequent guest speaker, and is now working on a second book, Lessons from Our Mothers.
Jill will have copies of her book available for purchase after the program! Learn more about the book on at www.atmypacebook.com.
* The goal of the book: To Expand the Lean-in Conversation. Particular focus on women whose paths have been more like the winding road vs the full-speed ahead autobahn. Specifically, what framed their choices and what did they learn?
* The process of collecting these pieces and the limitations of demographics
* What I learned in the stories of 36 women who varied in age, interests and experiences.
* The book's ultimate goal: To help women get to the point where they can reserve judgment and celebrate their choices.
In the discussion, I will focus on three take-away themes:
* How resilience played a key role
* The need for even a mild form of reinvention along the way
* The need for resetting our perspective on the journey (e.g., burdens of perfection, value of incremental change, and the need for dormancy).