Just last week, another working mom friend and I were talking about how stressed out she is by frequent travel overseas and how she hopes to transition into a job that lets her be closer to her kids more often. Thankfully, I don’t travel a lot and unlike my friend, I don’t travel internationally for work on a regular basis. But  [more]

Wow, it’s hard to believe that 2011 drew to a close for Steppingstone LLC – and we’ve been in business for more than 8 years – thriving amid a rocky and unstable economy. We’ve gotten to work on some amazing projects this year helping nonprofit organization and associations. Our celebratory blog toast [more]

Working as a PR consultant to nonprofits and associations with a toddler around is definitely exciting. This is an age of exploration for a child and of course, Mommy’s work is very interesting to a little one. The nature of working in the public relations field is that you can end up taking calls from the press in the evenings or [more]

Amy Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, has been soundly and widely critiqued in many circles for her harsh approach to parenting. In Chua’s idealized mind, her efforts to make her children wildly successful in music and academics are driven by her love for them, desire to prove herself a devoted Chinese daughter, [more]

Finally – a book has come along that talks pragmatically about the demands of mommy-hood, the workplace, and the desire for faith – and our conflicting feelings about all of it. In Chasing Superwoman: A Working Mom’s Adventures in Life and Faith, Susan M. DiMickele talks about her life as a busy attorney and devoted [more]

If you are a professional working woman who also has children, you will know you are not alone by reading, How She Really Does It: Secrets of Successful Stay-at-Work Moms by Wendy Sachs. As a public relations professional who works with journalists, I found the interviews with Soledad O’Brien, Ann Curry and others working [more]

My life as a public relations consultant is pretty busy – there’s always press releases to write and send out, reporters to call, campaigns to design, websites to overhaul and clients to work with. But I’m also a working mother with a toddler, a husband, and three grown stepchildren. I work from home a few days a week, [more]

In “Cleanse Your Mind,” Ami Neiberger-Miller explores how yoga can relieve stress and improve health. Because Loudoun magazine is a regional publication, she interviewed yoga practitioners in the area. Clip available by request. [more]

There’s a great article in the November 28th Washington Post looking at how millennial generation women are changing how we think about work. More than 9 percent of millennial women in the DC area are working full-time from home offices, which is higher than the national average.

An education consultant interviewed for the story [more]

My most popular 2012 blog post was Lowering the Stress Load: One Working Mom’s Ideas, with nearly a thousand page views. This particular blog post got a head start on the others in racking up page views because it was posted on January 6, 2012, so it had all year for people to find it, but I’m still pleased to see others found it [more]

It’s that time of year again when so many of us go on diets, pledge to quit doing things that are bad for us, and face a new year full of promise and hope. If you’re a public relations professional or communicator working with nonprofit organizations, what can you resolve to do differently in 2012 that will help you improve?

Establish [more]

According to a CNBC story on Yahoo and a research survey by Harris Interactive, working in public relations (PR) is the fifth most stressful job (last year it was seventh). Here are some tips on how to deal with the stress on nonprofit PR staff.

I’ll agree that there’s lots of stress – we manage how organizations and causes [more]

Working as a public relations executive ranks among the most stressful occupations around, says CareerCast in its 2012 ranking. PR executives were ranked as the seventh most stressful profession. CareerCast explains its ranking:

Public Relations Officers are responsible for creating and maintaining a positive image with the public [more]

The National Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America featured Steppingstone LLC’s Ami Neiberger-Miller in a member spotlight in March 2013. Here are Ami’s answers to some questions about public relations, her greatest career achievement, and work-life balance.

Years as a Member of PRSA-NCC: 9 [more]

I get 150-200 emails during a typical workday – easily. I need to monitor news about my clients, get correspondence from those clients, network for my business, and stay up to date on developments relevant to the issues I work on.

And I’m not alone in feeling like I am drowning, on a daily basis, in email. The Los Angeles Times [more]

The New York Times profiled on Sunday the story of working mom Sarah Uttech, who works from home one day a week from her job managing member communications for an agricultural association. The story, “Coveting Not a Corner Office, But Time at Home,” has garnered more than 450 comments.

Writer Catherine Rampell contrasts [more]

The Miami Herald recently ran an article discussing the work-life demands faced by nonprofit CEOs. Many nonprofit leaders work significant overtime, balance complex demands from competing audiences (donors, clients, board members, staff), are tightly connected to their jobs and are stressed to balance family responsibilities. [more]

In a post today on Susan DiMickele’s blog, Ami Neiberger-Miller talks about work-life balance and her journey as a working mom, public relations consultant and writer.

When asked about her greatest struggle, Ami discusses her brother’s death in the Iraq war and how his loss impacted her perspective on life.

My definition [more]

A new study in Gender and Society examines how working mothers – both those who are married and those raising children alone – look at their views on working and mothering. Being a working mother with a toddler and a stepmom (now with kids in their twenties – it is way easier than carpool, slightly scarier [more]

Today’s career women and working mothers can find support and inspiration n the pages of the Bible, says author Susan DiMickele in Working Women of the Bible: Timeless Mentors for Modern Women. She profiles several women in the Old and New Testaments who worked and often had families too. DiMickele draws from their ancient lives [more]

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