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How Two Ambitious Women Make Job Sharing—and Life—Work

Alix Apfelberg and Sharon Blender share talent and technology to succeed in fast-paced Silicon Valley

“The nature of the jobs we take and design result in really complex roles. And what we bring to those jobs is more than what one person alone could bring.”

I was working like crazy. I had no time.

Before we decided to job share at a Fortune 100 technology company, Sharon and I worked together almost every day for two-and-a-half years. Sharon had come from a computer hardware company, where she had job shared for four years. I was feeling very burned out in my finance position and ready to work on something new. We happened to be carpooling to a women’s leadership conference, and Sharon was talking to another person in the car about her old job share partner. I was all ears! “What’s a job share? I’ve never heard of that before.”

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molly | August 16, 2011 | Automation, Finance, Women, Working Mother | 1

Lessons learned for professional hockey player

Hockey player Mark Lutz grapples with leaving the ice for a financial career

"I worked my ass off because I wasn’t always that top player. I had to earn it."

Mark Lutz, 27

Professional hockey player turned financial analyst

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Grunt work for a goal

I was a hockey player for nineteen years. When I was eighteen years old and just out of high school, I moved away from Wisconsin to Michigan where I played junior hockey in a scouting league. While I played, I had to make a living, so I had quite a few part-time jobs in succession. My team paid for my room and board, but I needed to pay for all other expenses. I worked at a Subway restaurant where I did some dishwashing and sandwich making. I was pretty exhausted all the time, so I liked to sit in the back and wash dishes and not interact with people. I worked at a snow hill where we would put kids in tubes on a rope that went up the hill and just hope they didn’t fall off and roll down the hill. I did a lot of grunt work for a brewery—cleaned kegs, hand delivered kegs between Stevens Point and Madison, did bottle returns, labeled bottles and kegs, and bottled the beers.

It was at this time that I received advice from my older sister, and it was the best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten.

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molly | January 18, 2011 | Finance, Sports | 4

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