Work + Parenting Survival Skills

Thursday, January 14th 2021

Combining children and career is never easy, but remote work and home schooling has stressed many parents — and especially women — to the breaking point. Join author and coach Daisy Dowling to learn how working parents around the country are employing specific tactics to stay both successful and satisfied. With effective strategies for setting boundaries with colleagues and bosses, and a guide to avoiding critical missteps, this session promises to fill your toolkit to help you thrive.

Daisy Dowling
Founder & CEO, Workparent

Daisy Dowling is the Founder and CEO of Workparent, the leading provider of advice and solutions to working parents and to the organizations that employ them. She is also the author Workparent: The Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself, and Raising Happy Kids (Harvard Business Review Press, 2021).

Workparent’s clients include leading and diverse organizations such as KKR, Morgan Stanley, Dow Jones, Paul Weiss, and the United States Air Force, and Daisy has advised, taught and coached clients in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

Before founding Workparent in 2016, Daisy served as Managing Director and Head of Talent Development for Blackstone, the $325 BN asset management firm; Principal of Kiddy & Partners, a global leadership development advisor; and Vice President of the Pine Street senior leadership development team at Goldman Sachs, amongst other roles.

To date, she is the author of 16 articles in Harvard Business Review magazine, and serves as Series Editor for HBR’s Working Parents collection of books. In addition, she has written on leadership and work/life topics in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. Additionally, she and her work have been featured in the Financial Times, the Sunday Times (UK), the Wall Street Journal online, and on She earned her B.A. from Brown University and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

A proud working parent herself, Daisy lives in New York City with her (working-dad) husband and two young children.

René Syler
CEO, Good Enough Mother Media

René Syler knew she wanted a career in television. Unfortunately she did not come to that realization until after she had spent thou-sands of dollars on a degree in psychology. She forged ahead and after reporter/anchor jobs in Reno, Birmingham and Dallas, landed a plum assignment as one of the anchors of The Early Show on CBS.

It was there, René capitalized on her natural curiosity. She interviewed former First Lady Laura Bush, both in studio and at The White House. She spoke with politicians such as Senator John McCain, Senator John Kerry, and countless authors, Jeffrey Deaver and Walter Mosely among her many favorites. In her four years at The Early Show, she delved into the lives of Russell Crowe, Jen-nifer Lopez, Tom Selleck, Antonio Banderas, Denzel Washington, Beyonce and Will Smith to name a few. She danced with Ameri-can Idol winner Fantasia, even giving her the blue shoes off her own feet after Fantasia complimented her on them! Alas she was not particularly adept at the cooking segments, which will come as no surprise to those who know her.

In March 2007, René’s first book Good Enough Mother: The Per-fectly Imperfect Book of Parenting, was published by Simon Schus-ter. From that, her website, was born.