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Workshop deals with life-work balance

LaShonda E. Gurley, M.S. Ed., ONU’s director of Multicultural Development Office and Aiesha L. Motley, M.Ed., associate director of operations for the Office of Multicultural Development at the University of Akron, presented “The Steps of a Good Woman are Ordered: Working Hard, Keeping Order, and Maintaining Balance in the Academy” at the American Council on Education (ACE) Women's Network-Ohio, Nov. 1, at Wright State University, Dayton.

The interactive workshop, attended by more than 80 women, dealt with creating a work-life balance. It provided attendees the opportunity to discuss some of the challenges and strategies associated with finding work-life balance as well as develop a workable plan.

Being able to achieve work-life balance is essential to any successful career plan.  These skills are not often taught in a college course, in a career services seminar, or even shared among us in the academy.  Being able to promote the leadership advancement of women in higher education requires the recognition of women as holistic beings; holistic beings always in search of achieving balance.  While we, as women in the academy, are busy moving the needle together we have to ensure that we are also stitching together the plan for success; success that includes balance at its core.

The organization is a network of women administrators, faculty and staff from colleges and universities across the state that is dedicated to the professional advancement of women. Through representatives, conferences, workshops, and other resources, the group is committed to improving the status of women on campuses and throughout higher education. In doing so, it support the mission of the Inclusive Excellence Group and the American Council on Education.