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Margery Leveen Sher
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Margery Leveen Sher is the Founder of The Did Ya Notice? Project and author of The Noticer's Guide to Living and Laughing. Margery defines Noticing as "mindfulness with a smile". Research has shown that mindfulness is essential for leadership and productivity. It is also essential for work-life balance. Margery shows how to integrate mindfulness into everyday routines at work and at home to make life more meaningful and more productive.

Margery is a motivational speaker, writer, entrepreneur, and executive who has founded both for-profit and non-profit organizations, and has developed a number of public-private partnerships.

Margery has decades of experience in the field of work-life balance and corporate social responsibility. In 1985, she co-founded the consulting firm, Fried & Sher, Inc. In 2000, Caliber Associates acquired Fried & Sher, and Margery then ran the child care/work-life practice for Caliber. In 2005, ICF International acquired Caliber and Margery ran its global work-life practice, with special emphasis on India. Her clients have included multinational corporations and government agencies, including the White House.

Margery is an accomplished speaker and writer who has published many articles and newsletter columns. In addition to The Noticer's Guide to Living and Laughing, she published Child Care Options: A Workplace Initiative for the 21st Century (1994, Oryx Press). Margery has also served on a number of non-profit boards of directors. She is also an incorporator of the National Learning Institute which is a non-profit working to improve the lives of children and families in low-income communities. She also founded the TRS Fund for the Community to provide grants to small non-profits in Northern Virginia. Margery was also a member of the Committee of 100 of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington and Leadership Fairfax. She has received several awards including Child Care Professional of the Year in Fairfax County, Virginia, as well as the 2003 Individual Achievement Award from the Metropolitan Washington Work-Life Coalition. She holds a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology from Rutgers University.

Entries by Margery Leveen Sher

Three Things That Make America American

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 12:09 PM

Although calling ourselves "exceptional" kind of sticks in my craw because it smacks of a superiority complex, America is indeed different from other countries in some very positive ways. What makes America American? There can be numerous answers to this question, but I think three are very important to consider...

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Accent on the Wrong Syllable

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 5:12 PM

As my contribution to National Work and Family Month, I'd like to suggest that we are accenting the wrong syllaaaable.

We have talked for years about how to balance work and personal life or how to integrate work and life, but I propose we think a little bit more about...

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Still Thinking About Memorial Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 2:34 PM

My father won World War II.

I know this is true because he said so himself.

In cleaning out a drawer (aka procrastinating), I found a slip of paper written by my father for my children to read when they got older. It is entitled "The History of How...

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Hey! Come Closer... Here's THE Secret to a Fabulous Life

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 11:07 AM

Let me spill the beans right up front: Zippers! Broccoli! The issue of ketchup vs. mustard!

Yes indeed. I am talking about the urgency of Noticing.

Noticing, as I define it, is akin to mindfulness. It means being mindful of the world around you, being in the moment....

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I Feel Like Fred Astaire

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 3:05 PM

I feel like Fred Astaire to Dr. Ellen Langer's Ginger Rogers. You know the story of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, right? In the 1930s they made a number of films and were famous as dancing partners. But as Bob Thaves said decades ago in the Frank and Ernest comic...

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Persistent, Resilient, or Stupid?

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 1:31 PM

What do you call someone who has beat their head against the wall for 25 years? Persistent? Resilient? Perhaps... stupid?

Back in the late 1980s, I co-founded a consulting firm to work with corporations and government agencies to help make the workplace more conducive to work-life balance. Our company's tagline...

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Don't Drink Poison

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2013 | 12:36 PM

When a truly great person dies, the world never really loses him or her. In fact, often we begin to pay even more attention to what they did and what they said than we did when they were amongst us. We still study Lincoln's life and his words. We are...

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Lean In or Lean Back? How about Bend Down?

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 6:08 PM

These days, we have so much publicly-expressed angst among women and eminent advice-givers. But as we commemorate this National Work and Family Month, and as we hear demands to "lean in" with rebuttals to "lean back," I ask us as a nation to please stop moving back and forth, and...

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Who Owns This Shame?

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 10:34 AM

I am a fairly well-to do, middle-aged, white woman. What do I know?

Well, I know that I am a mother, and as a mother I spent decades worrying that my children would grow up to be good-hearted, productive people. I spent decades worrying that my children would be healthy...

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Corporate Funders: Would You Kindly Allow Me to Take a Tiny Bite of The Hand That Feeds Me?

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 12:24 PM

Although many of you know me as a writer and founder of The Did Ya Notice? Project, in my spare time I run a non-profit. Well, this so called "spare time" is actually my full time job.

Among the donors to our non-profit are corporations and small businesses. Our...

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The Truth Is: Nothin's Goin' On!

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 1:09 PM

Let me retract the premise of my last Huffington Post blog. I know exactly what's goin' on!

Nothing, that's what. Nothing. Nothing for 40 years.

Ok folks... we've had our 40 years in the desert. It's time now to enter the Promised Land!

Thank you, Jonathan...

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What's Goin' On?

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 12:39 PM

Marvin Gaye's song "What's Goin' On?" keeps going through my head.

Although heaven help me, I am extremely opinionated, this time rather than shouting my usual proclamations, now I cannot stop asking questions. Chief among them: What's goin' on?
Yahoo!'s Marissa Mayer's ban on telework has caused a...

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Wow! The Feminine Mystique is 50!

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 2:47 PM

I read Friedan's book in my early 20s, and I credit it with changing my life. I credit it with awakening me to my potential. I have had a productive, satisfying career in which I think I have helped make the world a little better for children and families.

Yes,...

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A Mathematical Formula Reveals Secret, Missing Ingredient to Work-Life Balance

(2) Comments | Posted October 13, 2012 | 7:09 PM

As a tribute to the 2012 Work and Family Month, I will reveal a secret. This is a secret so essential, so key, so basic to our well-being that I hope you will help me spread the word!

You need to understand an algebraic formula:

N = H +...

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A Reason to Notice

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 11:48 AM

Well, well, well. It is fortuitous, as we celebrate National Work and Family Month that work-life balance issues are in the news all the time, again. The Atlantic magazine article by Anne-Marie Slaughter kicked off a new round of work-life balance soul-searching. It's always a good thing to have this...

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