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ALLYSON DOWNEY - Here's the Plan

Friday, June 24 at 7PM

Entrepeneur, Writer and Parent
speaking & signing
Here's the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenting


For many women in their 20’s and 30’s, the greatest professional hurdle they’ll need to overcome has little to do with their work life. The most focused, confident, and ambitious women can find themselves derailed by a tiny little thing: a new baby. While we’re seeing more workplaces espousing their family-friendly cultures, women are still subject to a “parenting penalty” and each day seems to bring another high-profile conflict between parenting and the workplace to light: from the controversy over companies covering the costs of egg-freezing to the debate over parental leave and childcare inspired by Marissa Mayer’s policies at Yahoo.
Here’s the Plan offers an indispensable playbook for mothers in the workplace, offering practical, brass-tacks guidance while simultaneously digging deep into our cultural conversation about motherhood, workplace values, and professional ambition. Author Allyson Downey—founder of weeSpring, the “Yelp for baby products,” and mother of two young children—advises readers on all practical aspects of ladder-climbing while parenting, such as negotiating leave, flex time, and promotions. She also looks closely at the “Parenting Penalty” and offers wise counsel for mothers facing subtle sabotage at work. In the style of #GIRLBOSS or Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, Here’s the Plan is a practical how-to map for dealing with the obstacles between you and your career goals.
Written by one working mom for the benefit of others, Here’s the Plan is the definitive guide for ambitious mothers.


Allyson Downey is an entrepreneur, writer, and parent who has built a career on the power of trusted advice. In 2013, she launched weeSpring, a Techstars-backed startup that helps new and expecting parents collect advice from their friends about what they need for their baby. weeSpring has received accolades from TechCrunch, Mashable, CNBC, and the Daily Mail, and it was heralded as “Yelp for baby products” by InStyle magazine.
Allyson has an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and a BA from Colby College. She serves on the board of Democracy Prep Public Schools, one of the country’s top charter management organizations, and lives in Boulder with her husband and two children.

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Event date: 
Friday, June 24, 2016 - 3:15pm
Event address: 
603 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78703