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Here's the Plan.: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood Paperback – April 26, 2016
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Laura Vanderkam, bestselling author of I Know How She Does It
Lean In meets What to Expecthands-on, spot-on power strategies for working mothers.”
Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, co-founder and CEO of GLAMSQUAD and co-founder of Gilt
"Working motherhood can be so isolating, but Allyson Downey makes sure we don't have to go it alone. She is forthright and honest, funny and practical, and always real. This book is a seriously needed tool for the arsenals of new mothers who intend to keep shaking upand changingthe world.
Jessica Shortall, author of Work. Pump. Repeat.
"Here’s the Plan is essential reading not just for parents but for managers, HR executives, and CEOs. From understanding pregnancy discrimination and how unconscious bias can stack the deck against new mothers in particular, to surprising scientific research that busts old mythologies like mommy brain,” Allyson Downey has put together a comprehensive, helpful, and at times utterly riveting guide to one of the most exhausting, confusing, and joyful times of life. This is the book I wish I had had when I came home from the hospital when my children were newborns."
Brigid Schulte, author of the New York Times bestselling Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play When No One Has the Time
Informed and visionary, Here’s the Plan maps out best-practices for taking down institutional bias against women and creating a new Corporate Americaone that allows women to thrive in the workplace, even during the child-raising years."
Carley Roney, co-founder of The Knot, The Nest, and The Bump
A woman's choose-your-own-adventure guide to surviving motherhood with career on track . . . Highly useful.”
"This book is a game changer, ladies. It answers the who, what, where, when, and how’s of everything parental leave, balancing your nights and weekends, finding childcareand beyond."
About the Author
Allyson has an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MFA from Columbia University's School of the Arts, and a BA from Colby College. She serves on the board of Democracy Prep Public Schools, one of the country's top charter management organizations, and lives in Boulder with her husband and two children.
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At a recent "Mama Circle" of moms-to-be (and a couple second time moms), I asked... what are you planning to do about leave? How much time are you taking off? What's your company's policy and what's your plan?
The vast majority of the moms had plans to become full time stay at home moms, which I totally respect, but don't plan to do myself. Many others were planning to take at least six months of leave, which I couldn't see myself doing either, because working hard makes me happy. A couple women worked for companies like Google, who had generous and established maternity leave policies. I was the only one who didn't seem to have a plan, and I left the "support group" feeling more panicked than ever.
That same night, after a little sleuthing on the internet, I came across "Here's the Plan." It was pre-order only, but THANKFULLY, it was available on Kindle, and I immediately devoured the whole thing. In the pages of "Here's the Plan," I found my tribe. As it turns out, there ARE women out there who love their work AND want and plan to be loving, wonderful moms. No one's saying we working moms (or working preggos) can have it all, but there are definitely tried and true best practices for navigating the whole WWP (working while pregnant/a parent) situation.
If you are a mom or a mom-to-be who needs a little "career-meet-babies/babies-meet-career" advice (or even just wants to know there are other women out there navigating the same challenges!), read this book.
I met the author at her book party in San Francisco and her advice to build our networks really resonated with me. It's been a voice in the back of my head that has strengthened many connections already.
Buy this, read it for yourself, and then give it to all your friends BEFORE they get pregnant (or anytime, really)!
I recommend this book to ALL women - be them future mothers or not. It is evident to me after reading HTP that it is equally as important for non-mothers to understand the challenges of their co-workers with children and to know how best to support them.
Allyson does a great job of including pithy, real-life anecdotes from women who've been through the trenches. She is careful to avoid the "shoulds" and implicit judgements that can often creep into these types of books and isolate certain segments of mothers. I anticipate that working moms will appreciate her candid writing style and her general openness with a periodic "Amen, sister" while reading.
My only reason for not giving5 stars was because the book often refers you to the website for info. That is ok for linking up to other resources, but I didn't like that I had to go to an additional source for checklists.