The Work-Life Equation

Real Stories. Real Talk. Real Life.

In this candid conversation, working moms Casandra Williams and Aurore Joshi open up about the challenges and joys of navigating careers while juggling caregiving responsibilities. Casandra, a first-generation college graduate and mother to a 2-year-old, shares her strategies for effective co-parenting and staying organized. Aurore provides a moving account of her 20-year journey as the "sandwich generation" caregiver – supporting her ailing single mother for 11 years, and then her father's declining health shortly after the birth of her first child.

 

The two mothers offer invaluable insights on mindfulness, prioritizing self-care, finding moments of joy amidst hardship, and giving oneself grace during life's intense seasons. They discuss the importance of supportive managers, affordable backup care, and building a nurturing "village." With refreshing vulnerability, Casandra and Aurore emphasize the lessons of gratitude, self-love and acceptance that their caregiving journeys have taught them. This powerful episode illuminates the daily struggles and resilience of modern working parents striving to find harmony across work and life.

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Meet Our Hosts

Priya Krishnan

Priya Krishnan
Chief Digital and Transformation Officer at Bright Horizons

Entrepreneur, mom, and a champion of women around the world, Priya loves work, life, and everything in between. She founded and operated India’s largest childcare business, won many awards for her work – Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Turk, FT1000 for Asia, and Red Herring Asia, to name a few – and today, she is Bright Horizons’ Chief Digital and Transformation Officer. She also has a bachelor’s degree in engineering, an MBA from London Business School, and a unique perspective on what fits work and life together.

Paul Sullivan, co-host of The Work-Life-Equation

Paul Sullivan
Founder of The Company of Dads

Paul is the founder of The Company of Dads, the first platform dedicated to creating community and resources for Lead Dads. Its mission is to help Lead Dads – who are the go-to parents at home and allies to moms at work -  feel less isolated and more confident in the choices they have made. As a Lead Dad himself, Paul understands intimately the joys, frustrations, isolation and reticence around talking about being a Lead Dad. It’s a role that is growing in numbers but is far from normalized.

Before starting The Company of Dads, Paul wrote the Wealth Matters column in The New York Times for 13 years. He also created the Money Game column in GOLF Magazine. As a journalist for 25 years, his articles also appeared in Fortune, Money, Conde Nast Portfolio, The International Herald Tribune, Barron’s, The Boston Globe, and Food & Wine. He is the author of two books. 

Paul lives in New Canaan, Connecticut, with his wife and their three daughters and three dogs. He received degrees in history from Trinity College and the University of Chicago. When not running The Company of Dads or being a Lead Dad, he is an obsessive golfer.

 

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Casandra Williams & Aurore Joshi, Navigating Caregiving and Careers

With refreshing vulnerability, Casandra and Aurore emphasize the lessons of gratitude, self-love and acceptance that their caregiving journeys have taught them. This powerful episode illuminates the daily struggles and resilience of modern working parents striving to find harmony across work and life.

What should I know about The Work-Life Equation?

What topics are discussed?

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Priya and Paul meet with guests to discuss the struggles they face, including being leaders, building a career while raising a family, and balancing daily responsibilities.

When and where can I listen to episodes?

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Episodes stream every other Wednesday anywhere you listen to podcasts, including Spotify, Apple Podcast, YouTube, and iHeart Radio. Subscribe today so you never miss an episode! 

Who should listen to this podcast?

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Life doesn’t come with a user’s manual. There are no instructions, no map, and most of us go through life just making it up as we go along. The Work-Life Equation is for everyone who is putting the pieces together to make life work and hopes to find inspiration on how to effectively balance work and personal responsibilities 

How does Bright Horizons help families find work-life balance? 

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Bright Horizons® is a leading education and care company, dedicated to helping people thrive both at work and at home. Employees work better when their families receive quality care and resources, so we partner with employers around the world to provide child care centers, back-up child care, elder care assistance, and college coaching services. All of these solutions support families as they balance personal and work responsibilities, giving them the flexibility and confidence to bring their whole selves to every situation. We also provide child care through non-employer sponsored community welcoming child care centers.

Why should I listen?

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The conversations on the Work-Life Equation are candid, insightful, and completely relatable. Listen to our hosts and guests as they share vulnerable personal stories that will leave you feeling inspired and understood.
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