Lightening the Mental Load (POE)

EMERGING PROFESSIONALS: Designed for early career professional women entering or re-entering the workforce
Session II: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm 

How much of your energy is spent on invisible work—whether at the office or at home? Whether it is making sure everyone signed the boss’s birthday card or remembering to hire a date night babysitter, these thankless tasks exert a “mental load” that can increase stress levels, hinder productivity, and even slow down career advancement. Michelle King, host of The Fix podcast, opens this session by sharing the roots of this challenge in our homes and workplaces. She then leads a discussion about how to spend more time on socially and professionally recognized work and share the mental load with colleagues and, for those in domestic relationships, with partners.

Thought leader: Michelle P.  King, head of integrated strategy for gender innovation, UN Women, and host, The Fix podcast


  • Tracy Dumas, associate professor, Ohio State University
  • Jill Gannon, associate director, HIV marketing, Gilead Sciences
  • Ruchika Tulshyan, author, The Diversity Advantage

Additional speakers to be announced!


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