Babies vs. Boardrooms: NKY Forum explores tough choices facing modern families

For immediate release…
Monday – May 13, 2013

- The Northern Kentucky Forum will hold an event on Thursday, May 23, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Dixie Heights High School auditorium (3010 Dixie Highway).

Is this the end of work/life balance? Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, and Marissa Mayor, Yahoo CEO, are challenging many current ideas on the flexibility of a family’s time, talent, health and children. Their influential philosophies continue the debate that women have had for decades – is it better to work or to stay at home full-time with your children?

Helping us to make sense of these complex questions, Dr. Adrianne Frech from the University of Akron will discuss her research which has been featured in The New York Times. Dr. Frech will focus on health and a mother’s decision to work. Her speech, “Does full-time work really mean better health for mothers?” will be a discussion with moms whose work/family life patterns have changed through the years.

“I made the choice to stay at home with my children,” said Tara Ford, chair of the Northern Kentucky Forum board. “I understand that this is a difficult and extremely personal choice for each family. No matter what choice is made, or if making the desired choice isn't an option, we hope our community will benefit from hearing and thinking about local parents' experiences. I am pleased the Forum is taking on this topic to shed more light on the challenges individuals and families face as they raise their children.”

Dr. Frech was featured in The New York Times "Motherlode: Adventures in Parenting" blog on Aug. 23, 2012, under the headline: "Full-time work means better health for mothers." Panelists for the May 23 event include Jeanne Schroer, Leshia Lyman and Christine Barth. It will be moderated by Enquirer editor Carolyn Washburn.

The event is free and open to the public. Optional RSVP is available at Parents are welcome to bring their children with a color book or other quiet activity.

On May 22, the Forum will co-host a town hall discussion of Kentucky election laws and what changes might be considered. Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes will moderate. Should Kentucky consider same-day voter registration? Online voting? Fewer restrictions on absentee voting? Come and voice your opinion. This event also will be at Dixie Heights. It begins at 5:30 p.m.

About the Northern Kentucky Forum
The Northern Kentucky Forum is a partnership of the Northern Kentucky University Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Vision 2015 and Legacy - three nonpartisan groups in Northern Kentucky dedicated to public engagement. The Forum conducts several "public square" events each year around current events and public policy in locations across Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties. Forum events are free to the Northern Kentucky community as a whole. Additional information is available at

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