Elaine provides facilitation, strategic planning and change consulting to socially responsible non-profit and for-profit organizations. In addition, Elaine provides leadership and personal transition coaching to clients who want to make positive changes in their life. She received a B.S. from the University of Delaware, an M.S. from Georgia State University, and an M.B.A. in Human Resource Management/Development from Kennesaw State University. Elaine’s interest in work-life balance began with her own life journey. Her husband, Jim now retired, was a long-distance truck driver, on the road for 3-4 days at a time. Today, Elaine is also slowly reducing her “paid work” as she moves towards retirement. Elaine and Jim have one married son. When he was very young, they used an on-site daycare 2-3 days a week and Jim cared for him the other weekdays. Once he started school, Elaine started her own business as a way to create more flexibility. Over the years they have also found Jim’s managers to be very family oriented, and wondered if “blue collar” professions see work as a way to support their families rather than as their primary sense of identity.
Ellen is a psychologist, consultant, and Certified MentorCoach. She is the founder of Lawyers Life Coach LLC, a firm providing executive coaching services to attorneys, with an emphasis on enabling women to succeed in their legal careers without sacrificing those things that give their lives meaning. Lawyers Life Coach LLC also works with legal employers to create inclusive work environments, free of biases that block the retention and advancement of women and attorneys of color. When Ellen and her husband, a psychologist with an adult psychotherapy practice, became parents, they arranged their work schedules to minimize the need for child care. When Matt started school, one parent would leave work to greet Matt, help with homework, and participate in after-school activities. Matt’s bedtime became the beginning of the third part of Ellen’s day during which she wrote many published articles about the unconscious biases and “ideal worker” norms that undermine the advancement of women. Matt is now a proud graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Ellen also has a step-daughter, Angela, and through her, a son-in-law Kevin, and two school aged grandchildren; Jake and Ashley.
Alex Durand, Atlanta, GA
Alex Durand is the founder of Frable, a coaching and consulting company that helps professionals work with purpose. A certified coach through Columbia University’s Executive Coaching Program, Alex focuses on helping you to explore the gap between where you are and where you want to go and partners with you to craft a strategy that gets you closer to your objectives. His specialty lies in helping people to identify the narratives that are holding them back and choose the new ones that will help them grow forward. Alex works most often with Millennial Executives, Career Changers, and Pioneers who are changing the way we think about work. He works with clients virtually around the world.
Alysia is the Director of Diversity and Gender Equality of the Allegheny County Bar Association. Prior to this she worked in law firms in New York and Florida, and was most recently a shareholder of Akerman Senterfitt LLP, resident in the Fort Lauderdale office, where her practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions. In an effort to realize greater work/life balance and on the theory that “life is too short,” Alysia left the practice of law in 2004 to focus on raising her three children now school aged children. She spent seven years out of the paid work force during which time she and her family relocated to Pittsburgh to be closer to family. Alysia’s husband is also an attorney and recently left a larger firm practice to open his own firm to allow him more control over his schedule and more time with his family. Alysia earned her JD from Georgetown University Law Center and her Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. She was born in Miami and is of Hispanic descent. She speaks Spanish fluently.
Brett Goldblatt, Los Angeles, CA
Brett is a partner in the Corporate Department of Milbank’s Los Angeles office. He represents investors, sponsors, funds and companies in a wide variety of business matters, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, fund formation, restructurings, and general corporate and contractual matters. At Milbank LA, Brett’s attempting to create an environment where associates can be passionate about both work and their outside activities through formal and informal measures. He completed at BA in Philosophy & Psychology at Rutgers and his JD at University of Pennsylvania. Brett was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Law School from 2002 through 2015 and is currently a member of the board of Insight LA, an insight meditation organization. His wife is an ex-labor attorney who currently is a mindfulness and self-compassion teacher for adults and children.
Elizabeth Hall, Seattle, WA
Elizabeth is the Director of Employee Experience for Cambia Health Solutions, a consumer-oriented health care technology and insurance company. Together with her team, she helps create an award-winning work environment for Cambia’s employees. In her 20+ years in the human resources field, Elizabeth has worked for Microsoft and Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A, serving in a variety of roles focused on organizational development and talent management. Elizabeth began her career by concentrating on work/life navigation in the corporate setting, and she has a passion for ensuring that work adds meaning to employees’ lives. In her own life, Elizabeth lives in a multi-generational home with her teenaged son and mother. Elizabeth holds a BA from Pomona College and an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Matt Schneider, New York, NY
Matt is an at-home dad, living with his wife and two boys in New York City. Matt is the co-founder of City Dads Group, a nationwide community of dads navigating fatherhood together. He also hosts the Modern Dads Podcast, a show for dads and moms engaged in the trials and tribulations of parenthood. Matt completed a Bachelors degree in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Mercy College. Prior to fatherhood, Matt was a teacher and a product manager for a major telecommunications company.
Michelle S Hickox, McKinney, TX
Michelle has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Independent Bank Group since May of 2012. As a member of the executive management team, she oversees the treasury, financial reporting and accounting functions for the Bank as well as the strategic analysis and financial integration of acquired institutions. Prior to joining the Bank, Michelle was an audit partner with RSM, where she was a designated financial institution specialist. She was the first woman audit partner in the Dallas office and attained that position while working a flex year schedule, which allowed her to hang out with her daughters during the summer months when they were younger. Over her 22 years career in public accounting, Michelle provided audit, financial reporting, internal control assistance and training to community banks and not for profit organizations. She received her BBA in accounting from Texas A&M University where she and her husband, Rob, spends many weekends in the fall tailgating and attending football games and visiting her two daughters, Cameron and Abby, who are currently students there.
Sean Hazell, Toronto, CAN
Sean is a seasoned brand marketer who’s held leadership roles at top tier ad agencies and brand consultancies leading work for clients such as PepsiCo, FedEx, Mattel, Virgin and Jack Daniel’s. He is a founding partner of New Skew, a food & beverage venture based in Toronto, Canada, that owns a portfolio of artisanal food brands. Sean has developed several acclaimed personal projects over his career. Most recently he was the creator of the Museum of Contemporary Work — an exhibit that explores the relationship between work & identity in the digital age. Sean’s wife is the Director of Genetics at a leading health clinic. They have two daughters aged 3 and 5 and uphold a family tradition of Monday morning dance parties.