ThirdPath’s expertise and innovative thinking is heavily influenced by a much appreciated group of forward thinking LEADERS and ACADEMICS. Read on for a full list of their bios and be as inspired as we are!

Faculty Affiliates

Erin Reid – Faculty at McMaster University. Erin studies the interrelations between careers, identity, and how work is organized. She is especially interested in how men and women cope with time-greedy work, and the implications of their coping mechanisms for their own lives as well as the organizations for which they work. Erin and her husband share in the care of their two young sons.

Inga Dóra Sigfúsdóttir – Research Professor at Columbia University and Reykjavik University, Iceland. Inga Dora’s work has focused on the risk and preventive factors of adolescent delinquency and substance use. In 2013 she received the Order of the falcon, awarded by the President of Iceland, for her research. Today she is leading an interdisciplinary and international team of scholars to further advance this work. She and her husband have always shared in the care of their 3 children.

Linda Haas – Sociologist and policy advocate. Linda’s research focuses on workplace obstacles to fathers’ participation in childcare. Her service promotes policies like parental leave that support fathers as well as mothers’ work-family integration. Linda and her spouse shared in the care of their children and are now actively involved grandparents.

Monique Valcour – Management professor, coach, speaker. Monique’s coaching, research and consulting focuses on helping people and organizations craft high-performance sustainable careers. American expat in France, loves adventuring with her husband and daughters.

Stacy Blake-Beard – Management professor and senior faculty affiliate at the Center for Gender in Organizations at Simmons. Stacy’s research focuses on the challenges and opportunities of mentoring relationships and how these are influenced by diversity. Stacy has always very intentionally crafted a well rounded life that includes time for family and personal well being.

We would also like to thank the following academics for the important roles they have played: Lotte Bailyn (MIT, Sloan School of Management); Joyce Fletcher (Simmons School of Management); Charlice Hurst (Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame)

Pioneering Leaders Group

ThirdPath’s Pioneering Leaders group continues to be key to our success. This group includes a unique group of leaders – men and women who have advanced in their careers while also creating time for their lives outside of work. Their involvement has been instrumental in helping ThirdPath create cutting edge resources so others can follow in their footsteps.

Ben Applegate – Founding Partner, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, P.C. Affordable housing development and finance law firm. Ben left a large law firm to found his own firm with the mission statement of being the best at what we do nationwide while balancing profitability and lifestyle for all of our employees

Brett Goldblatt – Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. Even before having children, Brett has always approached his career as one of many important priorities in his life.

Chris Madoo – Senior Market Account Executive, Washington DC – Marriott International. By working from home and/or flexing his work, Chris has become an expert at arranging his schedule to be involved with his children, including coaching his kids baseball and softball teams.

Hannah Cassidy – Managing Member, Reno & Cavanaugh, PLLC. Real estate development, particularly projects involving economic development and affordable housing. Right from the start, Hannah and her spouse have always shared in the care of their children.

Ivan Axelrod – Managing Director Provident Financial Management. Since his first grandchild was born Ivan has redesigned his work to care for his grandchildren on Mondays.

Michelle Hickox – Chief Financial Officer, Independent Bank. For many years Michelle worked a reduced summer schedule – approximately 20 hours a month. She and her spouse also flexed to care for their children after school.

Nate Lewis – Senior Director, Project Management-Research and Development, Eli Lilly and Company. Nate and his wife have been careful to balance work and travel schedules since their children were young. They are also both good at turning off work evenings, weekends and vacations.

Will Rowe – Principal and senior leader in Booz Allen Hamilton’s environmental sustainability and infrastructure consulting business. Since Will’s children were infants, he’s adopted a variety of ways to flex his work to share in the care of his children.

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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