Today we’re chatting with Kathryn Sollmann, who is a career coach, author and speaker on a mission to help current and returning professional women always stay in the workforce and find the work that fits their lives. Kathryn has created and led hundreds of conferences and workshops to help women sustain and advance careers through every age and life stage.

Kathryn is recognized as a thought leader in the women and work space. Her book—Ambition Redefined: Why the Corner Office Doesn’t Work for Every Woman & What to Do Instead—is the everyday woman’s guide to developing her own brand of ambition and success and finding many lucrative ways to lean “in-between” alongside caregiving for children and aging parents.

A mother of two adult daughters, Kathryn has worked non-stop since the age of 16. She coaches women with insights from her own flexible work experience—as a full-time and part-time employee, a business owner, a marketing consultant, a telecommuter, a freelancer and a recruiter.

A lot of what Kathryn talks about in her book on this show today relates to women and mothers, but so much of what we discussed applies equally to men. Statistically, there are more women struggling to get back into the workforce after a break, but as more men are staying home and downshifting in their careers, I think all of the insights and wisdom Kathryn shares in this episode will be an important reminder for you men out there as well.

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Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Kathryn Sollman Website

Kathryn Sollman Facebook

Kathryn Sollman Twitter

Kathryn Sollman LinkedIn

Kathryn Sollman Instagram

Ambition Redefined: Why the Corner Office Doesn’t Work for Every Woman and What to Do Instead by Kathryn Sollman

Flexwork for Women Alliance

The Motherhood Penalty: Why We’re Losing Our Best Talent To Caregiving

The Caring Company, Harvard Business Report

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