ThirdPath
Jessica DeGrootJessica DeGroot – Founder and President
Jessica founded ThirdPath Institute so employees at all stages in their lives could follow a “third path” – one that allows success at work while creating time and energy for their lives outside of work. Starting with “shared care,” Jessica, with the help of her staff, developed a variety of resources for parents interested in sharing in the care of their children while also both earning an income.  Since then, ThirdPath’s work has expanded to provide support to “whole life leaders” – leaders who have succeeded at work while also carving out time for their lives outside of work. These progressive leaders are now working with Jessica to design truly “21st Century Workplaces” where everyone – from entry level to executive level – can create an integrated approach to work and life. Jessica and ThirdPath Institute have been featured in national media and radio shows, including Fortune, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Working Mother, New York Times Magazine, and Fast Company. After completing her undergraduate degree at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, Jessica received her MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where she co-founded the Wharton Work/Life Roundtable.  She’s published articles in The Harvard Business Review, Sloan Work and Family Encyclopedia, The American Woman 2003-2004, and is co-author of the Wharton Work/Life Resource Guide.  Jessica and her husband live in Philadelphia and have always shared in the care of their two children.
Andy Agnew – Manager of Marketing and Communications
Andy’s activities with ThirdPath encompass marketing, strategy and communications. Andy became involved with ThirdPath after relocating to the US with his wife and two boys from the UK as a result of a promotion at work for his wife. Andy has been a flexing dad and then primary parent for a number of years. With his children a little older, he was looking for a community he could connect with as he re-launched himself back into the world of work – ThirdPath provided just that option. Previously his career included sales and marketing roles in a number of business areas including telecommunications and finance before a move into management research and teaching at several UK universities. When his children were very young he combined working as a freelance business consultant with university teaching as a way to stay actively involved in the care of his two boys. Andy has a BA in History and International Relations from the University of Stafford and received his MBA from Keele University.
Diana Diana Blasdel – Manager of Development and Donor Relations
Diana provides support for Jessica to deepen relationships surrounding ThirdPath’s mission. She seeks and encourages contributions from those who share ThirdPath’s passion for leading an integrated life, while cultivating ThirdPath’s giving strategies to ensure our long term fiscal health. Diana has worked with artists, educators, and cultural institutions that transform communities with beauty, joy, reflection and growth, most recently at Temple University, Walnut Street Theatre, and Curtis Institute of Music. She earned her Master of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University, and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass/Ceramics from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, with additional studies in ancient Mediterranean art history. Currently, Diana works remotely from a new city weekly as her husband Miguel performs in the Jersey Boys National Tour. Diana and Miguel constantly work together to reframe and sustain the balance of “home” and “work” within their nomadic household, insuring each family member gets what they need, including their amazing tiny rescue dog Remy LeBeau.
Rashi x3Rashi Shyam – Manager of Programs and Operations
Rashi helps ThirdPath expand and strengthen its connection to our Integrated Life Advocate community – the professionals individuals and families turn to when they need help around their work/life balance goals. She also oversees the execution of key processes that promote ThirdPath’s growth and success. Rashi became involved in ThirdPath because she found it reflective of her own life. After spending a number of years balancing demanding careers while raising two daughters, Rashi and her husband decided to support her to launch a business as a way to find more flexibility. When Rashi then needed to help care for her aging parents, she and her husband learned the value of creating a team approach at home. Now that their children are a little older, Rashi is excited to work for an organization that truly reflects her life goals, as well as the work life integration and shared care that she and her family are working towards. Rashi earned an M.B.A. in Management and Marketing from Rutgers, and a B.A. in Psychology also from Rutgers.
Michael Ramberg – Community Connections
Michael’s work with ThirdPath centers on expanding and strengthening our support to Shared Care families and to the professionals that families turn to when they need help around their work/family balance goals. Michael is also exploring ways to bring ThirdPath resources to the faith communities. Michael is passionate about the work of ThirdPath because his own life is so enriched by having work-life integration and by doing Shared Care parenting. Michael became connected with ThirdPath even before becoming a father when he and his partner, Ali, were looking for ways to integrate work with their desire to both be involved parents. They are now the parents of two young children, combining caring for their children, contemplating programs of study and working part-time. After completing his studies and being ordained as a rabbi at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2012, Michael worked as Director of Education at Temple Beth El in Newark, DE. He now works as Campus Rabbi and Hillel Director at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA. Michael completed his undergraduate education at Williams College, where he majored in Political Science.
Elaine ChaneyElaine Chaney – Advisor
Elaine works with Jessica coordinating and planning the work ThirdPath does with organizations and leaders. She is an organization consultant who provides facilitation, strategic planning and change consulting to non-profits. She is also a coach who specializes in working with individuals and groups who want to make positive changes in their life. Elaine completed a BS in Medical Technology from the University of Delaware, an MS in Laboratory Administration from the Georgia State University, and an MBA in Human Resource Management/Development at Kennesaw State University. When Elaine’s son was in pre-school Elaine left a more traditional job to begin her own business. From this point forward, Elaine and her husband coordinated their schedules to share in his care.
Matt SchneiderMatt Schneider – Advisor
Matt works with Jessica to expand ThirdPath’s connection to fathers who are advocates for the changing role of men at work and at home. 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.

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Our Mission

Assist individuals, families and organizations in finding new ways to redesign work to create time for family, community and other life priorities. Develop a growing community of individuals, leaders and organizations to influence wider change - both within organizations and at the public policy level. Support a new mind-set where everyone can follow a "third path" - an integrated approach to work and life.

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ThirdPath Institute
P.O. Box 9275, Philadelphia PA 19139
Phone: 215.747.8790
Email: time4life (at) thirdpath.org