Detours&OnRamps Conference Offers Practical Advice and Next Steps

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A resource for work-life balance, career restarting, and entrepreneurship in the Boston area...great information for working mothers, and for anyone seeking balance or trying to restart a career and/or a business!

In today’s economy, families are less willing to rely on one salary, and more mothers are considering a return to the workplace. Meanwhile, many women who have never taken a break from working find themselves looking for options to balance career and family pressure. There’s a constant struggle…and women are often left frustrated as a result.

On the up side, there are experts and resources out there to help. And finding them is a bit easier, thanks to an event coming May 4 to Waltham, MA.

The Detours & OnRamps Forum is a one-day conference designed as a practical resource for working women, or those wishing to restart a career. The conference offers networking, discussions with the companies leading the way in solutions for work-life balance, expert panels, and dynamic sessions on some of the most common dilemmas faced by women – or anyone who is trying to make work, work for them.

Randi Bussin, a well-known coach and speaker, will address the importance of creating and packaging your own value proposition in a competitive job market. For those questioning whether flexibility remains viable in this economy, Jane Seibel, founder of Employmoms, LLC and partner of Women for Hire’s Tory Johnson in the newly formed Flex-Friendly Certification program, will share her insights and expertise as part of a panel on negotiation (time, schedule, etc). Her co-presenters include Lisa Terrizzi, an attorney and career consultant, who will give pointers on negotiating salary and contracts--as well as general negotiation skills to help you succeed as a manager OR an employee.

Another session will address the myths involved, and options for, not-for-profit careers--with expert advice from Professor Rima Dael and from, Mark McCrudy; career coaches will also provide hands-on strategies and advice on resumes, job hunting in 2010, and balancing life/work. Also covered are resources for entrepreneurs; in fact, this May’s event in Waltham features a panel that includes Mary Murphy, CEO of Hooray for Books!, who will discuss her story and the opportunities involved with franchising; another highlight is Cary MacMillan Keller, co-founder of newly launched—who attended the event two years in a row and from the experts and guidance on site, drew inspiration to launch her company.

“I remember hearing Jo McChesney, from Isis Maternity, say ‘Sometimes you just have to jump off that cliff,’” recalls Cary. “I looked at my business partner and we knew we had to try!” Cary will be sharing her ideas on the ups and downs of running her own business, with two little ones at home.

The conference has a successful four-year history with events in the NYC area and Boston area. Said one attendee: “What an informative and well-thought out day; I not only picked up some new ideas but was also reminded of a lot of things I know but needed to be reminded of!”

For more information about the conference, including a detailed agenda, registration information, and sponsor links, visit


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