A new approach to having it all

Tips featured in the segment:

  • Involve your family in decision making - when there will be a change to the family routine or some sort of disruption to the normal pattern it's key to inform both your partner and children. Mary advises involving kids in the decisions as well.

  • Trying to do everything at once is a common mistake - we can have it all just not all at the same time.

  • Work life Choices are the most important - it's not about balance. Choices and priorities set the stage for the way you live your life. We live our life in stages.

  • You get what you negotiate for - women tend to wait to be delivered what they deserve - don't wait for it you have to ask for what you deserve. This is so true in a work or home setting.

  • A 2005 study shows an imbalance exists between male and female work experiences that help them develop strategic thinking ability and hence senior level positions

  • Women are not getting access to work experiences such as job rotations, scope expansions, challenging assignments, leads in start ups or turn arounds.
About Mary Stutts:

A seasoned executive, Mary Stutts has worked for more than 25 years in the healthcare and communications industries and is currently the Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations at Elan Pharmaceuticals.

She is responsible for global oversight of the company's marketed and pipeline product communications, patient advocacy, public relations, internal communications, philanthropy, public affairs and corporate branding while also providing strategic counsel and direction to senior management and the board of directors.

Over the course of her career, Stutts has helped to manage multi-billion dollar companies with thousands of employees while also enjoying her life as a wife, mother and mentor to other professional women.

A graduate in Communications Management at the University of Louisiana, Stutts earned a Master of Health Administration degree at the University of Southern California.

She also completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program on Organization and Strategy. Stutts is a member of numerous professional and community organizations and serves on the National Board of Directors of The Wellness Community/Gilda's Club Worldwide.

She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the Arthur Page Society and the Advisory Board of the Hudson Union Society.

Stutts' first book, Ten Keys to Overcoming Disappointment was released in 2005, and is now in its second printing. The Missing Mentor is her second book.

As a foster child from the age of five, Stutts plans to donate a portion of her proceeds from The Missing Mentor to CASA, a national non-profit organization that advocates for foster children in the court system.

For more information, visit www.marystutts.com

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