Author: Julia Freeland

The Volunteer Work that Does Not Belong on the Bottom of Your Resume

Oh, it “counts” all right. “This volunteer work is now at the bottom of my resume and that is where it will stay.  It didn’t serve me well to put it under ‘Experience’ on my resume.  It caused people to think I was a liar.” My heart broke to hear this passionate leader, who had given and created so much for the sake of others, submit to the belief that the work she had done had little value because it was unpaid.  How many times had I heard my clients say the same thing?  How many times had I...

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My Day with a Shamanic Healer

Opening to the Possibilities I feel dehydrated, tired and a little otherworldly. It’s been about an hour since I finished my first “shamanic healing” experience. How I got to here is a long story, but I certainly didn’t start my day expecting to go through that experience.  But when the universe deems you ready, the world has weird ways of bringing you what you need…  Well, truth be told, jury is still out about whether or not this is what I needed.  I think it might have been though. So how did I become the beneficiary of an ancient...

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On Revolving: Igniting Creative Expression

Reflections from Relaunchers   “I’m so happy, now!” Linda exclaimed to me. I could tell.  Over the past few months, Linda had transformed. I have known Linda for 20 years.  Meeting her long before either of us had kids, she was vibrant, whip-smart, opinionated, strong, and very successful in the male-dominated world of tech finance.  To be honest, I idolized her.  Many years after we had both moved away, whenever I was in a tough situation, I would think “What would Linda say in this situation?”. She could work out a problem or straighten people out faster than anyone...

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Three Reasons Your Time as a Parent is Valuable to an Employer

A Business Perspective on Full-Time Parents   In Spring of 2014, I was subject to an extreme hiring bias against me. What bias would a highly educated, privileged white woman be subject too?  No, this wasn’t gender bias.  I had handled plenty of that, with attitude to spare, as I learned and worked elbow-to-elbow with men in the field of engineering. This bias was much more sinister because it was universal and hidden beneath politically correct messaging.  This was a bias against me because I had chosen to take time to raise my children.   Whereas society might profess that...

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Event: The Business Value of Being a Parent

August 22, 2017 at The Riveter in Seattle Get Tickets Here! Women have made huge progress towards equal opportunity in the last 70 years.  However, when a woman chooses to step away from her career to spend time with her children, we still automatically believe they become 1950’s homemakers.  Why?  If women have been raised to think differently about their role in the world, wouldn’t the way they approach everything change?  Even the way they approach parenting? Over more than a decade of watching parents from both inside and outside my career in professional development, I interviewed hundreds of...

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