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Balancing Act: The U.S. State Department’s first female director of policy planning on how to thrive at work and at home

"Unfinished Business" by Anne-Marie Slaughter
Penguin Random House

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It’s a confusing time for many career women.

They’re working overtime, being the boss and getting recognition that’s long overdue. But what happens when life intervenes?

Women are “leaning in” to powerful positions in the workplace, but still struggle to devote time to their families. The need to compromise between a career and caregiving may never go away, but there are new answers to having it all. And with that evolution, more options are popping up for both men and women to thrive both at work and home.

In her book, “Unfinished Business,” Anne-Marie Slaughter takes an in-depth look at gender equality in the workplace. She became the first female director of policy planning at the U.S. State Department in 2009, and has since shared what she’s learned after being faced with the choice between her professional life and the life she had built as a wife and mother.

Anne-Marie Slaughter will speak at a Los Angeles World Affairs Council dinner Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. For more information, click here.


Anne-Marie Slaughter, former first female director of policy planning at the U.S. State Department (2009-2011) and author of “Unfinished Business” (Penguin Random House, 2015)