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Allison O'Kelly
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 and @MomCorps.

Entries by Allison O'Kelly

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

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 3:40 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 | 1:56 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 | 6:51 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 | 12:13 PM

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 | 12:42 PM

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 | 11:57 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 | 3:49 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 | 3:54 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 | 2:20 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 | 4:55 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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Making a Progressive Work Culture Work

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 2:25 PM

I live in Philadelphia, so we're just starting to get caught up in the back-to-school rush that comes at the beginning of fall, unlike my Southern counterparts who have been back at it for a couple weeks now. But it got me in the frame of mind of learning from...

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The Masculine Mystique: How Are We Going to Make This Happen?

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 7:04 PM

"Home Economics: The Link Between Work-Life Balance and Income Equality" by Stephen Marche in The Atlantic raises so many excellent points. It provides a real-life view of what it's like to be a working mom or dad not in a place of privilege (but also doesn't fault those...

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Rebutting the Fact That Temp Work Is a Bad Thing

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 12:22 PM

Earlier this week, I read an article by Associated Press employment and economy reporter, Chris Rugaber, reporting on the "Temporary jobs rise amid economic uncertainty." An interesting, factual piece, but he throws quite a lot of shade on temporary, freelance and contract work citing the "negative effects" it...

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What Are Your Metrics?

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 6:45 PM

This past week, I tuned into the "Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power," a conference hosted by Arianna Huffington and Mika Brzezinski with the goal of empowering women and men "to redefine success to include well-being, wisdom, our ability to wonder and our ability to make...

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Off-ramping? Not So Fast

(4) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 8:03 PM

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the 85 Broads Power Luncheon that hosted Anne-Marie Slaughter as the keynote at New York's Harvard Club. In addition to being in the company of so many brilliant women, hearing Slaughter speak was truly eye-opening and perspective altering. I have

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Let's Just Recognize a Good Thing for What It Is

(2) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 12:53 PM

Trying to follow news out of the Yahoo camp is like watching a singles tennis match at Wimbledon, constantly following the ball from one side of the court to the other. This week, Yahoo's latest announcement is that it is doubling the amount of paid maternity and paternity...

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Lessons Learned in the Company of Great Women

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 12:54 PM

As an alumnus of Harvard Business School, I recently had the honor of attending the Harvard Business School W50 Summit, celebrating 50 years of women at the school. While it was enlightening to be around more than 800 brilliant, powerful women, I was also left transformed through their...

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You Just Might Face-Plant if You Try to Live Up to Other's Expectations

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 2:55 PM

The media landscape has been saturated with the perceived controversy, societal ills and limitations of women, specifically mothers, in the workplace. It is clearly a polarizing and subjective topic, and one that breeds frustration for me because I think we're missing an important part of the perpetual debate that is...

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The Slippery Slope: Why Are Companies Working So Hard to Solve the Wrong Problems?

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 10:43 AM

I did not see this coming. Workplace flexibility programs being dumped in the name of better productivity and "all hands on deck" agendas? I have to think that the leaders making these decisions aren't entirely informed. That their pursuit of short-term results is overshadowing their view of enduring success of...

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We Have a Responsibility to Change the Conversation About Women At Work

(2) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 4:14 PM

Sometimes I think we read about and discuss workforce trends and challenges through a myopic lens. For example, a company is launching a particular initiative which may serve as an interesting anecdote, but doesn't address the issue at large or the way the issue is perceived by the general population....

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