You may be asking yourself, how the heck am I going to be able to balance kids with starting my own consultancy? Where will I find the time to get anything done? How will I market myself from home? How do I keep my sanity?
You are not alone. Many of us are also trying to navigate the challenges involved with working from home and with children. Here are some tried and tested strategies that have worked for us.
We certainly don’t have all the answers so we’d love to hear from you. Let us know what still worries you or share with us the strategies you have found that work by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindsey Kotowicz, Associate, brings her knowledge in the fields of higher education and more specifically student affairs, nonprofit management, and community engagement. She served as the Director of the Boston University Community Service Center for 8 years. The Community Service Center provides the Boston University community with a way to support and serve the Greater Boston area; acts as a vehicle for personal growth and leadership to its students so as to build active and responsible global citizens; and helps to broaden the scope of the educational experience through service and reflection. As the Director, she hired and supervised a large staff, managed all budgets and grants, organized many events both large and small, designed and implemented all leadership and student development trainings, served on several committees, taught a first-year experience course and represented the department to students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents worldwide. Under her supervision, the Center doubled the size of its two largest programs. The Center’s Alternative Spring Breaks program grew to send out 39 trips each year and the First-Year Student Outreach Project (FYSOP) welcomed 1,000 first-year students and 250 upperclassmen staff to volunteer a week before the start of school. Lindsey has always been an avid volunteer having participated in more than 7 one-week long service projects throughout the country. In addition to her work with Civitas Strategies, Lindsey currently works for the Melrose YMCA of Metro North. Lindsey holds a Masters of Education in Policy, Planning and Administration with a specialization in higher education from Boston University, a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Vermont and is a graduate of the Lead Boston class of 2009.
Bonnie Clapp, Associate, brings her knowledge in the fields of elementary education and most specifically, special education. She served as the Special Education Coordinator for over 600 students at St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada for 2 years. As a coordinator she was an advocate for over 100 children and their families in one of their most vulnerable stages in life. Bonnie collaborated with psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, principals, teachers, educational assistants and parents both within and outside of the school to ensure the utmost quality of life for the children she worked with. In this role she was able to draw on her 7 years of previous experience as an innovative and successful educator in both inclusive and special education classrooms in Canada as well as overseas in England. Bonnie holds a Masters of Educational Leadership from the University of Portland. Throughout her Masters studies she benefited from tremendous research opportunities as she completed her capping project on New Teacher Induction. After completion of her Masters she was given the opportunity to successfully implement a New Teacher Induction program at her school with over a dozen new staff. This training program led to the permanent hiring of 3 teachers and 11 support staff. In addition to her Masters, Bonnie also holds a Bachelor of Elementary Education with a concentration in special education from the University of Alberta, Canada. She graduated at the top of her class for both of her degrees. Bonnie now volunteers a great deal of her time as she works with two nonprofits – Melrose Family Room and Parents of Tots – and is the co-president of her son’s elementary school PTO.