On December 8, 1 Million for Work Flexibility teamed up with our supporter ThirdPath Institute to co-host a special “Thursdays with ThirdPath” event focused on strategic flexibility. 

At 1 Million for Work Flexibility and at ThirdPath Institute, we know that work flexibility is a key component of a successful 21st century business. But that doesn’t mean that implementing flexibility is easy, and it also doesn’t mean that having flexibility solves every problem.

There are, however, steps to take that can help you maximize the benefits of flex and meet some of its challenges head on. For example:

  • Look for “triple win” solutions that are good for employees; good for getting the employees’ work done; and good for the colleagues and clients the employees work with;
  • Understand that different jobs require different solutions;
  • Create “reason neutral” opportunities to flex;
  • Create transparent systems to monitor success at work.

In this event, Jessica DeGroot, President and Founder of ThirdPath Institute, and Emma Plumb, Director of 1 Million for Work Flexibility, spoke with business leaders and flexibility experts Delta Emerson, Sara Sutton Fell, and Ken Stern about the flexibility strategies they’ve used to build thriving businesses.

If you are:

  • A manager with questions about how to implement flexibility successfully
  • An employee looking to make a strong case for flex
  • Anyone who sees potential in flexibility but wonders how to really make it work in practice

then be sure to watch the video below.

About Delta Emerson
Delta is President of Global Shared Services for Ryan LLC, supporting employees worldwide with Legal, HR, IT, Marketing, Facilities, Strategy, and other services. She is also a member of Ryan’s Board of Managers and is Executive Director of The Ryan Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that supports many charities.

Delta facilitated the creation of myRyan at her company over eight years ago, transforming the professional services firm she works for from a “Draconian” to a flexible workplace. She has spoken about Ryan’s journey at the White House, was recently recognized by Recruiter.com as one of the “Top 10 Culture Experts” in the U.S., and was named one of the top 25 female business leaders in Dallas/Fort Worth by the Dallas Business Journal.

About Sara Sutton Fell
Known as the “Queen of Remote Work,” Sara Sutton Fell has more than 20 years of experience in the online job market industry. She is the CEO and founder of FlexJobs, an innovative career website specializing in telecommuting, flexible, freelance and part-time job listings, and founder of Remote.co, a one-stop resource for remote teams and companies, and the 1 Million for Work Flexibility initiative. She was named as a Young Global Leader (class of 2014) by the World Economic Forum for her work in technology and the employment fields. She is committed to providing education and awareness about the viability and benefits of remote working and work flexibility. Sara is a graduate of UC Berkeley and currently lives in Boulder, CO.

About Ken Stern
Ken Stern divides his time between his coaching and consulting work and practicing immigration law as Senior Partner at Stern & Curray LLC. Ken has been an immigration attorney for more than 30 years and has counseled thousands of clients. Ken has worked a balanced hours schedule since the birth of his first child 29 years ago. His office provides a range of balanced hours opportunities to its staff. Ken created a Colorado Bar Association committee focusing on work/life balance in the legal profession called the Committee for Balanced Legal Careers.

About Jessica DeGroot
Jessica DeGroot, president and founder of ThirdPath Institute, is passionately committed to helping men and women ­ as parents and leaders ­create an integrated approach to work and life. Jessica and the ThirdPath community provide coaching, training, and workbooks to individuals and families looking for new and better ways to balance work and life. They also work with leaders who want to follow an integrated career path, helping them create more satisfying solutions and become role models for everyone around them.

Jessica and ThirdPath have been featured in many publications including: Fortune Magazine, The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Business Week, and Working Mother. Jessica received her MBA from the Wharton School, where she was co-founder of the Wharton Work/Life Roundtable. Jessica and her husband live in Philadelphia and continue to practice an integrated approach to work and life even now with two grown children.

About Emma Plumb
Emma Plumb is a passionate advocate for improving the way that work gets done through increased flexibility. As Director of the 1 Million for Work Flexibility movement, Emma is committed to helping ensure the benefits of work flex are recognized and adopted on a broad scale. A graduate of Stanford University (BS/MA), she lives in Connecticut with her husband and young daughter.

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