Novofemina is a blog about professional and personal transition issues in women’s lives. It is an attempt to dignify the transition process for women – a process which has added complexity given the broad and diverse roles that we play in society. We are contributors in our chosen profession. But, we are also parents and spouses and daughters and ex-daughters-in-law and stepmothers and community leaders and volunteers and deacons and on and on.
Who writes Novofemina?
Novofemina is written by Linda Rossetti; a fledgling blogger, parent of two young children (first and second grade) and a life-long learner. I’ve had an eclectic career up to now. In the late 90′s I lived my dream by starting and running a venture capital backed technology company named, EMaven, Inc. In 2002 it was sold to Perot Systems, Inc., a place I called home for three years following the acquisition. I’ve been fortunate to have great advisors along the way. One of my EMaven advisors later joined Iron Mountain as CEO. He asked me if I would join him as a business person leading HR and Administration for the corporation. I held that role for more than 4 years.
Over the years I’ve contributed to not-for-profit boards and tried to maintain my sanity through community involvement, dear friends, exercise and an occasional good book. I hold an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA from Simmons College.
Contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org
What convinced me to start this blog?
I am in the process of transition. Shockingly the majority of women I meet – regardless of age – are also in transition. The widespread nature of this topic – let alone its complexity – fascinates me. I am determined to figure out a process to support women in transition. This blog is about creating that process and my observations along the way.
My observations so far…
First, “transition” for women holds greater complexity than that of men. Not to say that some men don’t also hold the responsibility to integrate broad societal roles, but today these broad and diverse roles typically fall to women. This complexity requires some thought about “integrating” our various roles when we consider a transition.
Second, women’s experience of transition is on-going while that of men is largely event-driven. The demands of our “extra” roles put us in a constant state of re-calibrating and therefore constantly re-imagining ourselves. Re-prioritizing the needs of our various constituents. A friend of mine said, ‘every six month I recalibrate my job and my family’s requirements.’ Things constantly change.
Third, no one is talking about this. Because there is no common discussion we aren’t benefiting from the experience of others. Each woman re-invents the wheel when she goes through these decisions. As a capitalist by training <I went to the Harvard Business School for my MBA> maybe there are economies of scale benefits to be had here for all women.
Here is what I know – the issue is multi-generational, it is at all socio-economic levels. There is no one answer.
While I don’t have any answers right now I am thoroughly committed to having a conversation about these issues. Maybe together we can learn from the conversation and arrive at a few conclusions that could benefit us all!
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