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 linda@womenandtransition.com

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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7 responses to “About

  1. Your blog speaks to me.

    As a single parent, juggling two teenage boys, a high-tech job – not career, I think about transition every day. What do I want to do? How do I want to contribute? And, while balancing the care and responsibilities for my children, family and friends; and of course eking out some fun and laughter.

    S0, I will stay tuned to hear about how other women are making transitions that are healthy, productive and self-fulfilling, and am open to share.

  2. Looking froward to reading your insights!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Maria Kieslich

    I totally agree with the feeling of “no one is talking about this”. Over the last dozen years I have transitioned from home to work and back again as a working mother. Sometimes it was my choice, sometimes not. I have looked extensively for information on how to handle the new opportunities, the constant balancing act, and the self doubt that comes from being in this unchartered territory. From my efforts, I offer two pieces of information to this conversation. First, I found one book particularly helpful to understand the societal, corporate and governmental forces at play on working women called Glass Ceilings and 100 Hour Couples by Karine Moe. From it I realized that I was not imagining things – it IS hard to have a good marriage, and be a present parent, and have work you love, and be only one skirt size bigger than you were in college. There simply isn’t that much support built up around us, except each other. Second, I wrote a very short piece for a lifecoach’s newsletter that outlines my top three tools for making the transition from software tech exec to stay at home mom. I made a webpage for it at http://www.onmariasmind.blogspot.com for you to reference. I am still figuring it all out. I look forward to following this blog to keep the conversation going.

  4. Donna Somers

    I enjoyed hearing you speak at the recent WITI event in Waltham.
    This information on a 2-day HBS course came to me through my connections at Boston College Leadership for Change (’03) and I was reminded of your current focus on women’s transitions. I wanted to share this information with your audience –

    Harvard Business School invites you to attend the “Charting Your Course” program, June 1-2, 2011 in Boston, MA.

    Charting Your Course is a two-day program that uses case studies, team exercises, and lectures to help women develop a strategy for blending
    career and personal life. Charting Your Course will help you set a clearly defined vision and well-articulated strategy towards a new professional direction.

    This course is for you if:
    • You are at a transition point in your career
    • You are looking to re-enter the workforce after taking time off
    • You wish to reenergize your career
    Charting Your Course is now open to non-HBS alumnae. Please pass along this information to anyone in your professional and personal network who may be at a similar stage in her career.

    Experience a program that has enabled hundreds of women to rediscover their core interests and capabilities. Visit the Charting Your Course website for additional information and to register. Please feel free to contact Ann Carey of HBS Alumni Relations at acarey@hbs.edu or 617-496-6260 with questions.

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