On March 11th, The Execu|Search Group held its first Women’s Network meeting of the year at The New York Times Building. At the meeting, the group welcomed guest speaker, Ellen Goldman, a healthy lifestyle and fitness expert, who presented on the topic, “Time Out: How to Stay Calm, Happy & Focused in a Highly Distractible World.”
Through interactive presentations and team building exercises, Ellen provided the group with tools for managing conflict and staying calm, happy, and productive by maintaining a healthy work/life balance. A couple of the tips the women found especially valuable were about making an effort to plan your expectations for the week and taking time out of your day for “focus sessions” to let your brain recharge while eliminating distractions.
“In speaking with various women at Execu|Search, many of them expressed concern about not having enough time in their day to devote to their personal well-being,” says Lisa Carver, a Managing Director within The Execu|Search Group’s Temporary division and a Women’s Network co-founder. “We often work in a high-stress, reactive environment where our cell phones and other forms of technology make it difficult for us to remain organized and focused on one task, and finally disconnect from work when the day is over. Since one of our goals is to ensure that women at all levels of the organization are supporting one another, we felt that the Women’s Network as a whole could really benefit from Ellen’s insight on maintaining a healthy, balanced life.”
As part of their next initiative to give back to the community, the Women’s Network will be working with Operation Prom to collect prom-appropriate dresses and accessories for local girls in need. Then, on May 7th, the Women’s Network will be partnering with three local philanthropic efforts in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, including Grace Institute, Habitat for Humanity, and Dress for Success.