Poornima Vijayashanker

How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career


Many of us think of a career as the period between college graduation and retirement. We’ve bought into the myth that taking a pause is considered a career killer because to truly be successful, we have to keep working!

As a result, many companies both large and small have developed a work-first culture that operates 24/7.

But what if we want more from life than just work?

I’m not talking about work and life balance.

I mean taking a real pause that is longer than a weekend or a month vacation and isn’t tied to work (e.g., taking a sabbatical from work to write a book, travel, start a company, or go back to school).

I mean pausing just for a life goal—like parenthood.

Is it even possible and can we do it without killing our careers?

To help us answer this question, I’ve invited Lisen Stromberg, who is the CEO and Founder of Prism Work, a culture innovation consultancy. She and her team partner with companies, leaders, and advocates to innovate the workplace so the next generation isn’t forced to choose between work and family. Lisen is also the author of the new book, Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career.

Here’s what you’ll learn from Lisen in this episode:

  • Why we should consider planning a pause in our career;
  • Why one of the reasons we don’t pause for parenthood is the stigma behind caregiving;
  • How our current work culture puts a strain on fathers; and
  • Why pausing isn’t a career killer and many go on to thrive after their pause.

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