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June 2021

Working Girl

Had a career? Check. Had babies? Check. Want to go back to work? HELP!

Hey, that’s what we’re here for. Here are some great resources for job hunting, networking and a little fun to boot.



Feel all alone? No one understands you? No one gets how hard it is to balance kids, work and personal time? (We know—what personal time?) Well, take some time and pull up a tub of popcorn at this witty mommy movie, opening this weekend in select cities. The movie centers on Uma Thurman as a working mother planning her daughter’s 6th birthday and the chaos that ensues. Sound familiar?

Locations and show times

October 19–November 6, $1 of every Motherhood ticket sold on Fandango will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


2nd Annual Womensphere Global Summit 2009

Why should Obama have all the fun? At this summit, Saturday, October 24, at the Tribeca PAC in New York, you can network away while you attend lectures by the likes of Suzy Welch, author of 10-10-10: A Life-Transforming Idea, and Barbara Adachi, national managing principal of Deloitte’s Women’s Initiative. There’s also a career expo with companies like Goldman Sachs, Deloitte and Exclusive Resorts; a women entrepreneurs expo; a film festival and more.

Price: advance registration, $100; walk-in, $125

Register for 2nd Annual Womensphere Global Summit 2009



Want to go back to work but feel conflicted? Dr. Stephanie Levey and Dr. Lisa Morse, clinical psychologists (and moms), started MomsWorkNY. Their interactive workshops help you navigate the emotional roller coaster of returning to work. So, grab your girlfriends and a strong latte, January 28, 2010, from 9:30–11:00 a.m. in Manhattan, to discuss the guilt and the juggling that go along with being a working mom. Not big on groups? Dr. Levey and Dr. Morse do private consultations as well.

Price: $75, $60 for early registration by January 7th

Special: Receive $10 off when you mention AskMelissa.
For information: MomsWorkNY, momsworkny@gmail.com, or 212.802.5252


The Hired Guns

Afraid of commitment? You may want to freelance, and the Hired Guns is a great resource for jobs, networking and training. Founded by career expert Allison Hemming, this site covers job opportunities in writing, editing, designing, digital media, public relations, research, project management and more. They broker jobs like any employment agency—they screen you via resume and interview, and once you’re approved, they send you on interviews. They also offer career training and advice through their Hired Guns Academy, which offers one-night classes focused on helping you achieve your career objectives, whether you hope to start your own business; learn about personal branding; or refocus your career direction.

Apply to The Hired Guns


Mommy Tracked

How many times have you thought, “All I want for Christmas is a wife!” Enter Mommy Tracked, a site that helps us manage the chaos that is our lives with helpful articles, survival kits, products, networking opportunities, job listings and community forums—all presented in our favorite snarky yet informative tone.


Pink Magazine

It may be Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but you’ll love pink all year long with Pink Magazine. Pink is a global online business community for professional women’s development with job listings and plenty of info, like how to start a business, manage money and network. Pink’s 5th Annual Fall Empowerment Series is November 9 at the New York Marriott Marquis. On hand, keynote speaker Deborah Norville; Sheila Stanziale, VP of Sales Strategy at Pepsico; and Taryn Rose, orthopedic surgeon and founder of Taryn Rose Shoes. The series also runs in San Francisco, October 28, and Atlanta, November 6.

Price: $180

Register for Annual Fall Empowerment Series


The Comeback, Emma Gilbey Keller

If you love to poke your nose into other people’s lives—and learn something useful in the process—pick up The Comeback: Seven Stories of Women Who Went from Career to Family and Back Again. Read about seven different women—from a furniture designer to an occupational therapist—and their decisions to give up work and how they went back. Keller peppers the stories with insight, advice and inspiration. After retiring from writing for seven years following the birth of her first daughter, this book was Keller’s comeback!

Price: $10.20

Purchase The Comeback


Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay

Need to read your way back to work? Womenomics offers a blueprint for women on how to redefine success, be productive and build satisfying careers that don’t require an all-or-nothing lifestyle. According to the authors, many companies are offering flexible schedules, shorter workweeks and extended vacations as a way to avoid layoffs, save costs and reward employees. It may just be time to get back in the game.

Price: $18.47

Purchase Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success

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