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 and 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 other child care. Once their son, Matt, started school, one or the other left work to be home to greet Matt, help him with homework and take him to after-school activities. Matt’s bedtime was typically 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 in law firms. Matt will be 23 this summer and is finishing his fourth year at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Ellen also has a step-daughter, Angela, and through her a son-in-law Kevin, and two grandchildren; Jake who is 7 and Ashley who is 5.
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 Global Corporate Department of Milbank’s Los Angeles office. He represents investment funds, fund sponsors, companies and investment banks in a wide variety of business matters, including restructurings, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, fund formation, debt and equity offerings in the public and private markets, and general corporate and contractual matters. Brett specializes in transactions involving partnerships and limited liability companies as well as restructurings of distressed companies in and out of bankruptcy. He chairs a Milbank Work-Life Balance Committee and is the head of mentoring in the Los Angeles office. 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 also has been teaching corporate transactions as an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Law School since 2002. While he accepts the proposition that “something’s gotta give,” he refuses to let it be his son, daughter or his wife – so he delegates more and sleeps less. His wife is an ex-labor attorney who currently is a stay-at-home mom.
Kathryn Kadilak, Washington, DC
Kathy is a Virginia Supreme Court certified mediator and engages in mediation activities through the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center. In addition, she is President and Founder of Innovative Workplace Strategies and works with organizations and individuals to create better outcomes on the job, at home, and in life through redesign of work and innovative use of flexibility, community resources, and dependent care programs. Prior to her work with IWS, Kathy managed the U.S. Department of Justice’s Work-life Program and was responsible for initiatives affecting over 120,000 employees nationwide. She is the co-founder of the Greater Washington Work-Life Network which is the premier regional work-life association, in Washington D.C., attracting participants from the public, private, and non-profits sectors as well as academia. She feels blessed with a blended family that includes four “children” ranging in ages from 26 to 30 years old. Kathy and her husband, Steve, regularly hike, bicycle, and visit local Bed & Breakfast inns.
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.