Work PAUSE Thrive

How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career


Coming January 31, 2017!

About the Book

After the birth of her second child, marketing and advertising executive Lisen Stromberg did something she never imagined she would do: she opted out and chose to stay home with her children.

But her career didn’t end there. Stromberg paused, then pivoted to become an award-winning journalist writing about women, work, and life in Silicon Valley. Along the way, she met many highly successful women who told her they never “opted out” but had, in fact, temporarily paused or downshifted their careers. Their journeys revealed an alternative, non-linear path to the top that enabled them to reconcile family with their careers.

In Work PAUSE Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career, Stromberg details how these trailblazers disrupted the original paradigm by incorporating pauses into their careers and embraced all aspects of life. Deeply rooted in social science research, cutting-edge data collected from nearly 1,500 women, and through 186 first-person interviews, Stromberg provides a blueprint for stepping back from your career without sacrificing your ambitions. She shows you how to successfully opt not out, but in—not just to your career, but to your whole life.

With Stromberg’s guidance, you’ll learn:

  • Who pauses and how and why
  • How pausing can enrich both your career and your life
  • How to innovate your own path by strategically incorporating a pause into your career
  • What we can—and need—to do as a society to make it pausing possible for more people to achieve their personal and professional goals

There is a way to find integration when it comes to your work and your life. Work PAUSE Thrive reveals new and exciting trends in the workplace and offers targeted solutions for companies to help ensure both women and men are able to lead the lives they want, lives in which they can build both a career and a family.

Pre-Order to Get These Exclusive Gifts!

Pre-order Work PAUSE Thrive from your favorite retailer between now and January 24, 2017 to access these exclusive gifts and resources:

  • Full-color PDF download of the Work PAUSE Thrive white paper with the results of the “Women on the Rise” survey, which shares interesting insight into:
    • How highly qualified women are integrating kids with careers
    • Whether pausing for parenthood does actually kill a career
    • The motivation of women who pause and how they feel about their choices
    • Potential strategies and tactics for creating a successful non-linear career path
  • Invitation to the closed Work PAUSE Thrive Facebook group, where Lisen will share links and resources, and answers to reader questions
  • Work PAUSE Thrive inspirational desktop and mobile wallpaper download
  • Work PAUSE Thrive introduction and first chapter PDF download
  • Invitation to a one-hour Work PAUSE Thrive Facebook Live launch discussion around the publication in January

About Lisen


Lisen Stromberg is an award-winning journalist, sought-after speaker, and CEO and founder of PrismWork, a culture innovation consultancy. In her book,Work PAUSE Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career, she reveals how trailblazing women have disrupted the traditional career paradigm to achieve their personal and professional goals and provides readers with a blueprint for how they, too, can integrate kids with their career.

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Lisen Stromberg takes the prevailing cultural narrative that anything other than working all-out, all-the-time in our punishing American work culture is a career killer … and turns it soundly on its head.

Brigid Schulte, award-winning journalist and author of the New York Times bestselling Overwhelmed, and director of The Better Life Lab at New America

Work Pause Thrive is a landmark! It's the must-read manual for working women who don't want to look back with regret on either career or family choices.

Nancy Vonk, co-founder of Swim, and author of Darling You Can't Do Both (And Other Noise To Ignore On Your Way Up)

Lisen Stromberg understands today's fathers are a critical part of the solution.

Josh Levs, author of All In

Take heart, somewhere in these pages is a brave example that will work for YOU!

Lisa Stone, founding CEO, board director, and advisor of BlogHer

Read this book! Then buy a copy for your daughters and your sons.

Guy Kawasaki, chief evangelist of Canva and former chief evangelist of Apple