Career Coaching Platform is LIVE!


The end of summer and return to school is akin to New Years for working parents. There is so much excitement around new beginnings, but this year feels so different, as it does in every area of life. Instead of focusing on work and encouraging you to get back to a work/life routine, we hope you will double down on yourself and invest time and energy into optimizing your career journey.

Today we are excited to announce the launch of our new career coaching platform where Second Shift expert career coaches offer their services to their fellow members at discounted rates. We’ve received a lot of interest so far and are thrilled to have an opportunity to strengthen our member ecosystem.

Here is how it works:

Unlike our normal process, in this situation interested members are the clients and the coach is the member. This is new for all of us so please have patience, feel free to ask questions and send feedback!
Email if you are interested in being matched with a coach. We will respond with:
  • A list of all of our coaches, profiles and rates.
  • An outline of the steps you need to take post your job, how you will be matched with coaches and the invoicing and billing process.
Looking forward to helping you find a Second Shift member to optimize your career strategy!
This is open to people outside of our member community so please spread the word!

Learn How to Network Online!

Second Shift member Sandy Sloane taught a member-led webinar on how to network remotely. Sandy is the founder of Solutions by Sloane, where she works with businesses on training and development, team building, events and public relations.  Her session on best practices to use online tools to network effectively was a huge success.


Everyone feels confused in this new world where meeting for coffee or going to a conference is no long the best option to get to know someone or ask a favor. Sandy taught us how to work a zoom to your best advantage, how to use LinkedIn to grow your network without feeling like a nudge, how to create a personal elevator pitch… There was so much actionable, useful, step-by-step information that we can’t even break it down to bullet-point highlights.  Here are a few things that  we learned:


  • How to make new contacts, and the proper way to reach out and connect with them
  • How to look professional in a remote setting
  • Online etiquette
  • Creating a personal elevator pitch
  • Tips for following up effectively


Watch the entire webinar here and enjoy!!


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Featured Member: Courtney Seard

As we launch our new 1-1 coaching platform we are highlighting expert career coaches in our community. Courtney Seard is expert in career consulting and leadership training. She’s successfully booked jobs through The Second Shift and led a popular webinar about manifesting the career path you desire. Here she gives us her tips and insights. If you are interested in hiring her to do 1-1 coaching please reach out to us at
Tell us your work story : Who are you and what do you do?

I’m a performance coach and mindset and leadership trainer. I assist people and businesses get from where they are to where they want to be. This is done by tapping into the unconscious mind, removing blocks that are holding you back from success. Then by activating strategies, actionable tasks, and tools for success my clients create the results and outcomes they desire.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment?

The fact I’ve been self employed for 9 years. Creating, developing, and producing my product The Rise: Vision|Action|Planner. Giving my TEDx Talk on Mindset Matters: The Art of Playing The Game To Win, and my featured articles in Essence and Forbes.

What is the hardest challenge you’ve faced, work-wise?

Being a single self-employed business owner without capital and connections. Being a bit ahead of my time in regards for the needs of executive coaching and leaderships skills on an unconscious level. Being a black woman in a white dominated field.

If you could change one thing about how your field operates, particularly with regards to women, what would it be, and why?

There would be more women in the technical and mind science coaching space. We would be featured more than the same run of the mill guys who teach mindset and leadership from their perspective and an old set of norms and ideas.

What advice do you have for other women looking to make a career change but are afraid or lack confidence? How is it on the other side?

Plan, start small, and GO for it! You only live once, and we tend to regret and think about the things we didn’t or wished we’d done, rather than the things we did do and either were successful at, or found wasn’t for us. Slow and steady wins the race and get in the game.

Do you have any advice on how to craft a winning pitch?

Practice, practice, practice. And be confident in you. See yourself breezing through the pitch, even stumbling a few times, and making graceful pivots. See yourself confident, happy, and secure.

What continues to draw you to your chosen field and what do you hope to accomplish in the years ahead?

This is what I was put on the planet to do. I can’t imagine doing much help. Helping people get over their self imposed blocks and create wins for themselves and their teams, is whats it’s about.

What is the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it burned down in one. Slow and steady wins the race, be patient, consistent, and do it with integrity. It takes forever to built something and one false move to break it. Do your best.

Who has been your biggest cheerleader // supporter // mentor? 

Gina Hadley, at Second Shift really has been a huge champion and friend. Deseriee Peterkin Bell- She’s also been an advocate, mentor and inspiration.

How do negotiate the balance between life and work when you are the one setting the boundaries?

I have a set schedule that I adhere to. I’ve been doing this long enough to have burnt out, and to realize a sunk cost. I make them and I stick to them.

If you could tell your younger self one thing about what this professional journey would be like, what would you tell her?

It’s going to look crazy and be wild. It will be harder than you think it will be, and worth every single second. Save more, invest more, even when you think you don’t have it. Become financially savvy and fall in love with yourself, and money.

How do you make work work for you? 

I work on projects that I care about, with people I respect and admire. It’s a top value of mine. I’m flexible in my behavior and open to new ideas and opportunity. I know who I am, the incredible I offer, and that it’s required in the new era of work.

Learn How to Network in the New Normal


Hello Second Shift Community!

During the COVID 19 worldwide pandemic, virtual networking has become the new normal for making connections. Even though meeting people is just a click or two away, most of us feel a bit lost navigating a whole new networking landscape.

Our upcoming webinar, Navigating Online Networking, will provide best practices to use to make sure your ZOOM calls boom instead of bomb. Taught by Second Shift member Sandy Sloane, President of Solutions by Sloane, this event is for anyone looking to up their online networking game for professional and personal gain.

Navigating Online Networking
Tuesday, August 25th @ 1:00pm ET

Register Here

See you there!


Tips to set yourself up for remote school/ work life integration success!


The stress and anxiety of the unknown is overwhelming many working parents right now. Speaking up for your needs to #makeworkworkforyou as we go into an uncertain school year is important for productivity, management and  maintaining some semblance of work/life integration. We hosted a webinar with HR consultant Karen Finckenor and workplace parenting expert Lauren Smith Brody of the Fifth Trimester to learn how to advocate for your needs and set yourself, your team, and your family up for success.

Here are our main takeaways from the talk and you can watch the full webinar here:


  • There are no playbooks for employers or employees and that leaves policy  vacuum and creates an advantage for employees to advocate tor themselves and ask for what they need.


  • Policies are rapidly changing and being updated so educate yourself on what is available to you and check in with your manager and hr rep.


  • Be honest about what works for you- when are you able to be most productive and focused? Set and meet goals and then deliver and over-achieve expectations. Show you can make your own boundaries and goals and then you have proof of your productivity.


  • Organizations are looking at their performance reviews because this is all new and have to reevaluate to address properly. Make your case.


  • If you want to ask for a promotion, raise or flexible schedule do the following: know what policies are available to you, get clear on your ask and make sure it solves your need, make a business case for it backed up with strong data, have a few options ready to suggest, be a partner on the solution.  


Some final advice that we think it very relevant:

“This is a long game…. Your career is an evolution and you need to think about your longer term objectives and invest in your career.  Do not make short term decisions. Look at your career, where are you right now, and where you want to go- then figure out how you get to your goals in the next 18-24 months to sustain that vision.  Get clear on what you can do now, what you are learning and how that feeds into your professional vision for the future.”

The Pandemic is Driving Women Out of Work



Pleased to share a wonderful article in The 19th News (a wonderful media platform focused on women and politics) about how this pandemic is overwhelming working mothers and forcing them to make really tough choices about balancing work and childcare (if they are fortunate to have choices). Our co-founder Jenny was quoted as a representative of the women in our member community:

“Jenny Galluzzo, co-founder of the Second Shift, a platform that matches professional women with freelance and consulting projects, said the site has seen four times as many applicants since February as women try to make up lost work hours with part-time consulting work.

Beyond that, most women tell her they’re just waiting.

“You can’t plan ahead in any concrete way. And that stress manifests itself because you don’t know how to interact with the workforce. If you’re out looking for a job, how can you know what job to take because you don’t know in two months what your kids’ school situation will be?” Galluzzo said. “I worry for women because we’re taking an undue burden of all of the care and the invisible labor. I worry about all the strides we’ve made just being set back.”


One of our members, Mara Geronemus, a working mother of  3 young children and wife of a front-line doctor, is also featured because  the weight of her work and responsibilities forced her to turn down clients and take a step back right when her practice was taking off. It’s a relatable story and one that really captures the anxiety, stress, helplessness and disappointment many of us feel right now.

On the positive side, Jenny sees a silver lining if we can just hold our breath and make it to the other side…

“In many ways, though, coronavirus has served as a magnifying glass, bringing into sharper focus issues like child care that have long been ignored — and employers are responding. Companies that once resisted flexible work set-ups, and particularly remote work, are starting to embrace the idea. 

“We have been fighting for the ability for women to work remotely and flexibly for years. It’s the number one thing women want for employment and companies have now been forced to see that that model works,” said Galluzzo, from the Second Shift. “And when the economy comes back and jobs are more plentiful and our kids are in school, I see this as ultimately a benefit because you don’t have to convince people any longer that [flexibility and being remote] works.”


Member-led Webinar: Work and Remote School Stress?

A lot of us are feeling anxiety about this upcoming school year and our inability to balance work and remote school. In this member-led webinar we will hear from HR expert Karen Finckenor and our workplace parenting advocate Lauren Smith Brody about how parents can work with their managers NOW to set themselves up for success this fall.
August 5th 1-1:45pm EST
It’s free and you can register here! 

Featured Member: Aliza Licht

Tell us your work story : Who are you and what do you do?


I am the founder & president of LEAVE YOUR MARK LLC, a consultancy specializing in creative brand marketing and digital strategy. As a brand storyteller, I help clients build their brand equity by crafting compelling multi-faceted narratives that engage and captivate the audience. I am also the author of the best-selling career advice book, LEAVE YOUR MARK and the host of the LEAVE YOUR MARK podcast.  I am best most known as the creator and voice behind the award-winning social personality DKNY PR GIRL. where I was one of the first people in the fashion industry to launch a social media personality on Twitter. As DKNY PR GIRL, I organically built a multi-platform community of over 1.5mm followers.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment?

Award-winning digital marketer, author and host of LEAVE YOUR MARK

What is the hardest challenge you’ve faced, work-wise?

Leaving a corporate cushy job to begin my journey as an entrepreneur. I failed the first time, but succeeded the second.

If you could change one thing about how your given field operates, particularly with regards to women, what would it be, and why?

There are still too many women in power who are not leading by example, creating toxic work environments and impossible work/life balance.

What advice do you have for other women looking to make a career change but are afraid or lack confidence? How is it on the other side?

Get comfortable with change and the unknown. Give yourself permission to fail, then start again.

What continues to draw you to your chosen field and what do you hope to accomplish in the years ahead?

I am passionate about brand stories, creativity and innovation. I hope to be able to help women succeed by paying forward what I have learned and sharing advice from the amazing guests I have on the LEAVE YOUR MARK podcast

What is the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?

I didn’t receive this, but it’s something I believe: Your reputation doesn’t follow you everywhere, it gets there before you do.

How do negotiate the balance between life and work when you are the one setting the boundaries?

It’s never a perfect balance– priorities shift throughout the day. The key is to try and be present during each.

If you could tell your younger self one thing about what this professional journey would be like, what would you tell her?

Experiment more!

How do you make work work for you?

I face every day with renewed enthusiasm. You never know what can happen!

New Offering: Career Coaching!

Our community is a vibrant ecosystem of experts who work together and support each other. It’s so gratifying to us when we see members hire from within or refer us to their colleagues, friends and clients. Thank you so much for helping us to keep those networks strong.
We realize there is a lot more we can be doing to help each other and invest in our career development right now. We successfully launched our member- led webinar series and are now starting a career coaching platform. Expert career coaches are volunteering their time and discounting their rates to provide their services for 1-1 coaching.
If you are interested in hiring a coach please fill out this form and we will follow up with instructions.
Please take this opportunity to network from within our community by being a Featured Member, leading a webinar or signing up to be a coach.
Any questions, email us at

The End of the Girlboss Era


Second Shift member Aliza Licht wrote a wonderful article in Forbes refuting the negativity around the end of Girlboss, cancel culture and female founders. Our co-founder Jenny Galluzzo participated and has the closing remarks:

“Doing good and having a good business are not mutually exclusive,” states Jenny Galluzzo. “The optimism and energy of post 2016 feminism created a wellspring of excitement to disrupt the status quo. There is nothing negative about trying to change systemic inequity by re-writing the rules and creating your own power and money. That is true feminism.” 

Now let’s aim to make that a reality for all women, not just those with a current seat at the table.”

Read the full article here: