Teaching Work Life Balance for Entrepreneurial Female University Students

Woman with qualifications In the Washington Post, I recently read about an innovative course "Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership" at George Washington University, in my hometown of DC, that highlights time management in the workplace and how it relates to executive women and the myth of having it all. At its heart is an exploration of work-life balance, an issue that will become crucial for these students later, when child care and other demands drive some women out of the workforce and slow others' ascent. It is led by Kathy Korman Frey, a 37-year-old Harvard MBA who noticed her female students were increasingly seeking advice about a subject the existing business curriculum didn't cover.

They wanted to know how to make it all work: a successful business and a fulfilling personal life. One day, a student approached Frey in a stairwell. She recalls ""She had tears in her eyes as she explained all the different things going on in her life," Frey recalls. "She said: 'You're a mom; you have your own company. Could we talk sometime about how you do that?' . . . That's when I decided that something had to be done in the classroom to address these issues." I applaud such an innovative course and marvel at how many universities would benefit from teaching how to get to the heart of actually living a successful life, not just the theory that will get you the degree. 

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