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Detours & Onramps

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Our lives rarely run a straight course.  And when it comes to motherhood and work, we often find the need to jump off the career highway, or maybe take a detour, and, later, find the onramp back.

When Meghan McCartan had her oldest daughter eight years ago, she found herself faced with a choice she didn't want to make -- continue working a 60-hour a week job, or quit and stay home full-time with her daughter.  She felt trapped, and she hated it.  She wanted more options -- work that would both satisy her and allow her to be the wife and mother she wanted to be.

But her options appeared limited.  People told her that if she wanted to work, she'd have to accept 50 to 60-hour work weeks.  She wanted part-time, and if she couldn't find it, she was determined to create it.  And she did with a part-time consulting business.

Along the way, though, she learned about the various and growing options available to women who wanted to work, just not full-time.  The problem, she found, was that many women didn't know about these options.  And that was a problem she wanted to address.  She didn't want anyone to feel trapped the way she had.

So Meghan founded Detours & OnRamps, a series of one-day events providing resources, practical ideas, solutions, and strategies to "make work, work" for women and their families.  Four years ago, Lisa Adams, a career coach and job search strategist, began speaking at the conferences and helping Meghan grow her business.

They've taken their forum to New Jersey, New York, Boston, and Northern Virginia and plan future forums in Philadelphia, the Boston area, and back to Northern Virginia in the spring of 2012.

Listen in to learn more about the forums.  And prepare to be inspired about the options available to YOU!