I'm now a mother of two children still in diapers. And I am a Drupal professional. Finding a balance between work and family feels something like walking a tight-rope, where one mis-step will be catastrophic (with large budgets and my professional reputation on the line on one side, and the literal survival of my children -- or at least their long-term mental wellbeing -- on the line on the other).
As the mother (who nurses and is the primary caregiver for my children), and as a Project Manager who always has to remain two steps ahead of my teams in order to keep projects from falling behind, this struggle is especially acute. It is, however, a reality on many levels for a lot of members of our community. The world benefits when parents are part of the workforce, but it is extremely challenging for us to find the right way to be our best in both places.
This session is meant to be a panel discussion to help
- new parents navigating work/family life
- soon to be parents who intend to continue working
- Drupal business owners hoping to retain team members transitioning into family life
It is possible to do both. It is awesome to be able to do both. But it is not easy, and should not be attempted in a vacuum.
Another important note: this description talks about parenthood, but the session is really about being a caregiver and a professional, which is not limited to parenthood and children.
Topics we will cover:
- Please speak to your specific challenges.
- How have you made your situation work? What sacrifices have you had to make in order to make your situation work?
- Are there some systemic changes that you think Drupal organizations in general might implement in order to improve work-family balance for their employees?
- How do you make the case for those changes? Why is it worth their while?
- (if time) Are there specific roles that you feel lend themselves more readily to primary care-givers?
- AmyJune Hineline
- Oliver Seldman
- Steve Rifkin
- Rain Michaels