Around the Watercooler

Want to commiserate about the Monday back to work blues or get tips on scheduling playdates from your desk? This is the place to quench your thirst for all things work/life related. Watercooler's editorial host is Jennifer Sey, the VP of global marketing for Dockers. She is joined by Vicki Larson, a journalist and single mom who writes at The OMG Chronicles Denise Berger, the global leader of the Women’s International Network (WIN) at Aon Corporation; and Kerry Rivera, a real mom from the "O.C." who is the Marketing and Advertising Manager for Toyota.

A Competitor's Dilemma.

I've been advised by the powers that be at work that I need to consider “moving geographies.” What they mean by this is that I need experience in another country, another region of the world, if I am going to ascend the ranks in a global organization. more

Women's History Month.

Annually in March, around the world we honor the impact of women in history, with official international recognition taking place on March 8th. Why was an official day, week and, finally, (in the USA) a month declared for this honor? more

Do Working Women With No Kids Resent Working Moms?

Over the years, I have missed work because of my children: illness and injury, pediatrician visits, in-service and bad weather days, spring and fall breaks, various parties and programs, and so on. more

Mad at Dad.

When my marriage imploded and my then-husband and I sat in the couples therapist’s office trying to make sense of what had happened, I remember a moment when he looked at me angrily and complained about how I had to have the pillows placed a certain way on the bed. more

Happy Is As Happy Does.

My mother in law is worried about me. She thinks I'm unhappy. First there was my book digging up all the childhood trauma – abusive gymnastics coaches, neglectful parents, shattered self – esteem, blah blah blah. I intended the memoir to be more of a coming of age tale than an I'm so miserable, let me confess all the horrible things that have happened to me as a kid saga of self-pity. But the reader gets what the reader gets. more

Botox Blues.

Amid the hundreds of thousands of people who lost their jobs in recent months, someone I know actually got hired — a 55-year-old sales exec. more

Economic Vulnerability of Divorce.

As hard as my divorce has sometimes been for my kids and me, I am thankful for the good that has come out of it. Lately, I’m especially thankful that it happened a few years ago. more

Bonding Over Work.

Do you have a close friend or group of friends in the office? You probably go to lunch together. You are LinkedIn and, not only you, but all your friends are tied together through Facebook. more

I am Water.

“I had a relapse. I am not like water. I am a stormy sea filled with sharks!” My friend Kristin wrote this in an email to me a few days ago. We spent two days together in Seattle just after New Year’s discussing her recent foray back to the work world after three years at home with her little girls. more

Angry Ann Against Single Moms.

Last week, I discovered that I was responsible for all the world’s problems. This was news to me, although my teenagers have been alluding to something like it for a while, just within a smaller world — say, 1,200 square feet on a certain block in a certain town in Northern California. more