We used to think women who “opted out” were failures, that they lacked ambition, and couldn’t hack it in the workplace. Now we know them for what they are…inspiring career innovators. I interviewed 186 women and surveyed nearly 1,500 more to understand how successful women have integrated kids with their careers. I learned true trailblazers don’t climb the ladder; they disrupt the traditional career paradigm to achieve their personal and professional goals. And by creating their own self-defined, non-linear career path, they are able to work, pause, and thrive. Now you can learn how to do it too.

Lisen Stromberg at SRK Headshot Day


Worried about the leaky pipeline of women into leadership? Well, it’s about to become a flood…


Today, only 48% of mothers work-full time and nearly one quarter of college educated women are currently pausing their career to care for children. Meanwhile, 64 million Millennials are expected to become parents in the next decade. For them, it’s all about work/life balance. But the workplace has not adjusted to the realities of working parents. As a result…


  • 61% of Millennial women report they plan to pause their careers when they become mothers
  • 77% of Millennial fathers have already changed jobs in order to have better work/life balance

Additionally, the burden of student debt coupled with the high cost of child-care mean many couples are forced to choose. What happens? Often, it’s the women who pause their careers.


We want women in leadership, but the next generation needs insights and answers so they can integrate kids with their careers. Work Pause Thrive provides solutions and tools so you can live life on your terms.


We work with companies to assess their structures, the unconscious biases, and their day-to-day practices. We work with women to unpack their own self perceived limitations. We also work with change making initiatives to ensure gender equality is woven into the fabric of companies, industries, and cultures.


As an award-winning writer and journalist, Lisen has researched and written on numerous subjects including women in technology, female entrepreneurship, the power of male allies, how companies are fighting unconscious bias, and trailblazing women who left their careers and are now back on track.

Praise for Work Pause Thrive

Work Pause Thrive represents!

It details how inflexible workplace structures, public policy failures, and cultural stigmas against parents in the workplace hold women AND men back from living lives of authenticity and meaning.

This is a must read!

– Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Founder and CEO of The Representation Project

Ask yourself two questions.

Do you want women to make as much impact as they can on society?

Do you want men to fully engage as fathers?

If your answer is “Yes” to either or both questions then read this book!

And buy a copy for your daughters and sons.

– Guy Kawasaki

Chief evangelist of Canva and former chief evangelist of Apple

  • Lisen Stromberg takes the prevailing cultural narrative that anything other than working all-out, all-the-time in our punishing American work culture is a career killer...and turns it soundly on its head.

    Brigid Schulte Author of the New York Times bestselling Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play when No One has the Time
  • Work Pause Thrive is a landmark! It's the must-read manual for working women who don't want to look back with regret on either career or family choices.

    Nancy Vonk Co-Founder, Swim and author of Darling You Can't Do Both (And Other Noise To Ignore On Your Way Up)
  • Lisen Stromberg understands today's fathers are a critical part of the solution.

    Josh Levs author of All In: How our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses - And How We Can Fix It Together
  • Work Pause Thrive is a call to action so individual companies and our country as a whole will finally focus on providing meaningful solutions for all parents.

    Joan Blades Co-Founder of and MomsRising.Org
  • Work Pause Thrive is a must-read for any leader serious about talent management!

    W. Brad Johnson PhD and David Smith, PhD, authors of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women
  • Take heart, somewhere in these pages is a brave example that will work for YOU!

    Lisa Stone Founding CEO of BlogHer, board director, advisor