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Allison O’Kelly is founder/CEO of Mom Corps, a national professional staffing firm with a focus on flexible work. Launched in 2005, Mom Corps has helped champion the view that flexibility is a benefit to not only professionals but to the companies that employ them. More may be found at MomCorps.com and @MomCorps.

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Second Time's a Charm?

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 6:19 PM

Entrepreneurial considerations for the mature professional

Others in your age bracket are hanging it up, checking their retirement saving, and hoping to soon check out of their professional lives.

But not you.

Though you're over 50, you feel as if you're just hitting your professional stride....

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Untie Those Knots

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 9:54 AM

The alarm goes off. You realize it's Monday. You remember how much you have to do.

And immediately you feel that knot of stress tighten in your gut.

For most people - entry level employees up through the C-suite - work-related stress sets in from the moment they open...

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Important Lessons From 2 Famous Female Entrepreneurs

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 3:05 PM

They're fearless. Innovative. Passionate.

They're America's female entrepreneurs, and they've taken the business world by storm:

• According to this Fortune.com article, the number of women-owned businesses grew by a whopping 74% between 1997 and 2015. That's 1.5 times the national average!

• Black females are the fastest...

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The Cure for the Common Control Freak

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 12:36 PM

We entrepreneurs always have multiple plates spinning. Much of the time, it feels like there simply aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish the things we really need to do as leaders.

Important things.

Like creating a strategic plan. Ensuring your team has the resources to...

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There Are 69 Billion Results When Searching "Get Organized"

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 11:57 AM

"get organized"

I just did this search on Google, and it yielded 69 billion results.

I didn't read any of the top hits, though, because let's be real: Pinterest boards and cute cubbies from Target aren't going to cut it for my organizational needs.

If you're an entrepreneur like me,...

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Mind Games: Managing the Psychological Strain of Being an Entrepreneur

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 11:29 AM

Striking out on your own is exciting. Fulfilling. Even a little sexy.

To an outsider, creating, owning and running a business seems extremely glamorous. After all, you get to set your own schedule, make your own rules, wield power over employees...who doesn't want that?

But it's also nerve-wracking. Exhausting. And...

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Bouncing Back After Entrepreneurial Failure

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 7:54 AM

Failure: it's a (not so wonderful) fact of life.

And if you're an entrepreneur, you're intimately familiar with it.

I should know. As CEO and Founder of Mom Corps, I've experienced as many "uh oh" as "ah ha" moments in business. Looking back at my career to this point,...

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Want to Be a Better Leader? 'Expose' Yourself!

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 5:02 PM

Remember 80's power suits? (Wow, I'm really dating myself here.)

Double-breasted, bold-colored and equipped with MASSIVE shoulder pads, these corporate fashion staples were synonymous with wealth and success.

If you're too young to appreciate the reference, power suits were designed to put women on a more equal footing with...

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Forget "Having it All" -- Have What Matters Most

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 1:27 PM

Ever seen one of those cute stock photos of a mom working productively at her laptop, with her toddler nestled contentedly on her lap?

I hate photos like that.

They set an impossible standard for "having it all" -- the career, the family, the impossibly small post-baby waistline...

The...

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Ready to Ditch the Training Wheels?

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 4:58 PM

It had been another really long day.

After a night of broken sleep, I had worked through the morning and was headed into an afternoon of meetings. Then the call from daycare came. My infant son was sick (again!) and I needed to pick him up immediately.

It was right...

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In 2014, Companies Are Still Asking Their Employees to Choose Between Work and Family

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 2:40 PM

It's not often that a headline is stuck in my head and I can't shake it. This week, it's happened. No, it's not the horrible news about Ebola or ISIS. It's not Chelsea Clinton's baby. Those are interesting, but are not taking up all of my mindshare.

I just can't...

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The Words I Said To My Husband After My Baby Was Born

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 12:56 PM

"I will kill you, kill myself and kill the baby or go back to work."

I uttered those words to my husband in 2003 when on maternity leave with my first child. You see, I grew up with a stay-at-home mom. You know the type, the one that did...

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Supporting Our Military Spouses in the Workforce

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 5:51 PM

During the month of May, we are commemorating National Military Appreciation Month in this country by honoring past and present members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The month highlights six unique yet unified national observances, and on May 9th, we will specifically recognize the husbands and wives of...

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Recognizing 'Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day' When We Work at Home

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 11:13 AM

On every fourth Thursday in April, employees across the country bring their children to work offering a valuable opportunity for these daughters and sons to observe their parents in a different light. April 24th of this year marks the initiative's 21st anniversary where 37 million children and parents and more...

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It's National Telework Week... and Time for a Career that Works Best for YOU

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 11:42 AM

This week, we acknowledge National Telework Week, an initiative launched four years ago by Mobile Work Exchange to encourage agencies, organizations and individuals to pledge to work remotely for an entire week. According to 2013 statistics, 136,000 thousand pledged their participation during last year's event, which was estimated...

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Becoming a 'Second Time Mom'

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 10:57 AM

Recently, I learned that a close friend was pregnant with her second child. Normally I reserve my blog for business thoughts, but as a working mom, I thought it might be nice to share the thoughts I sent to her about becoming a "Second Time Mom."

A letter to my...

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What Does It Take to Have the 'Good Life?'

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 2:49 PM

If you read The Huffington Post often you've likely seen stories devoted to Arianna Huffington's Third Metric, her idea that centers on redefining the meaning of success. Ms. Huffington has explained that the Third Metric's origins trace back to the Greek philosophers who believed that a...

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On Being Wonder Women

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 2:54 PM

There are a lot of women out there who are like-minded in their assumption that, in order to achieve success, they need to be everything to everyone all the time. Now, they might not verbalize it that way, but that is the mindset from which they operate. Admittedly, sometimes I...

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New Year, New Job Strategies, New Options

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 1:20 PM

The New Year is approaching quickly and that often provides a tangible cue for job seekers who may be looking for a new start. It even prompts some of us happily at work to consider other options out there, even if only briefly. That's just what the rekindling of a...

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4 out of 5 Working Parents Have This at Work. Do You?

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 3:55 PM

October is National Work and Family Month. Some organizations have used this as the catalyst for launching initiatives, such as Working Mother's National Flex Day on Oct. 15. Others are taking this opportunity to advance the conversation around helping employees reduce work life conflict. Our efforts centered on...

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