Careers in Uncertainty


Our first series of member led webinars was a huge success! We thank those who donated their time and expertise for this Day of Service. We plan on doing many more of these sessions in the next few weeks. If you missed the session led by Ghita Filali on navigating your career in times of uncertainty you can see her presentation and her list of career resources below.

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Career Resources During Covid-19

If you are interested in leading a session for our member community please reach out at


Day of Service + Second Shift


On Thursday, May 21st The Second Shift is participating in a Day of Service with Unilever as part of their United for America initiative. We are hosting a series of FREE discussions and 1-1 sessions led by Second Shift expert career coaches to help you to make work work for you now, and always!

We are offering 2 larger format discussions and limited 1-1 sessions. Links to sign up for each session are below.

It’s free but there are space restrictions so sign up ASAP!

  • 12:30- 1:30 EST Ghita Filali will host a session on navigating your career during uncertainty.  In this workshop you’ll learn to:
    • Clearly identify and articulate to yourself the things you believe to be committed to
    • Set an intention for this period of time
    • What to do to adjust / modify / pivot?
    • Create a short list of actions (specific and tangible) to move your goals forward
    • Sign up HERE!
  • 3:30-4:30 EST Courtney Seard will lead The Mindset of Resilience. It’s what’s required in these times, it’s more than just positive thinking it’s a trait, a state, and a skill.
    • What is resilience? How do you create it?
    • Review the basics of the topic, how the mind works, provide tips, and lead  breathing and mini meditation exercise.
    • Sign up HERE!
Karen Finckenor and Amina AlTai have generously offered  a limited number of 1-1 sessions for members who want help with specific issues or need personalized guidance. To sign up for these email us at ( with subject Day of Service) and we will directly contact those who we are able to accommodate.


This is the first of what we hope will be an ongoing series of member led discussions. If there is something you would like to share with the larger community please let us know at

Blow it Up!

In case you missed it– here is the link to the Luminary
talk about invisible labor with Eve Rodsky
of Fair Play and our co-founder Jenny Galluzzo. It’s a great lesson on how to use this time to recognize the faults in your home organizational system, blow it up and restructure in a way that is fair and equitable so you can  #makeworkworkforyou!!

The New Workplace Model


Here’s to hoping the remote workforce is the “new normal.”

Great article on the benefits of embracing remote work when quarantine ends:


1. Less time commuting is better for your stress and benefits the environment.

2. Increases productivity of workers!

3. Cleaner and controllable environment for workers.

4. Saves money on transportation, child care and office space.

5. Employees are more satisfied when they have flexibility to work from home.

6. Less sick leave is a cost and time saver.

7. Mental and physical wellness of workers is improved with time to spend on mindful activities.


The Second Shift is uniquely positioned to help businesses trying to figure out how to maximize remote work and successfully set up for the new work place model– find us at

#workfromhome #makeworkworkforyou #remotework #talentinnovation

Fair Play in Quarantine!


Don’t miss this one– Jenny is speaking with Eve Rodsky of Fair Play live in a Luminary discussion about setting priorities and restructuring the division of invisible labor at home and at work during quarantine.

May 13th 5:30-7pm edt

Second Shift members use the code: THESECONDSHIFT to register here!

Invisible Labor in Quarantine!

Don’t miss this one– Jenny is speaking with Eve Rodsky of Fair Play live in a Luminary discussion about setting priorities and restructuring the division of invisible labor at home and at work during quarantine.

May 13th 5:30-7pm est

Second Shift members use the code: THESECONDSHIFT to register here!

#She4All and The Second Shift

We are a finalist in the #She4All competition hosted by Luminary and Berlin Cameron for a women-led companies building authentic communities.

On April 29th from 5-6pm EST we will be virtually pitching The Second Shift to the judges and our members are invited to join and cheer us on!!!

The invite to register is below and we hope you will come lend your support. The prize includes valuable marketing and pr expertise to better help us #makeworkworkforyou!

How to Support Working Parents


Jenny Galluzzo joined Mita Mallick, head of Diversity and Inclusion at Unilever, for a webinar with Mathison, a job marketplace for diverse talent, as part of their inclusive leadership series about supporting working parents during Covid-19 and in the future.


You can watch the full video here.


The main takeaways are:

Featured Member: Shannon Lorraine



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

I own a PR and Branding agency that I started 12 years ago. I work with clients in lifestyle, fashion and cpg. Currently I am working with Alex Borstein from The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and launching her accessory collection Henabee’s.


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

Starting my own business was a very tough decision to make. I had been a buyer at Nordstrom in Seattle and I was only in NYC for a few years. I was running a very large high-end fashion showroom in NYC and I just knew if we combined branding and PR with sales it would be more effective. The first year of company, 2006, I was chosen as one of the top 100 forward thinking companies in New York.


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

I think there needs to be more transparency. We need to support each other more. There is plenty of work to go around. Listen to each other and help.


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?

It is scary but so worth it to do it if you love it. But you have to love it– It isn’t easy.


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

Be concise. Use specific examples. Research the company!!


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

I love what I do. I get to work with all different types of creative people and I am always learning. I love being the bridge between accounting and creative. Art +

Commerce is my formula for success.


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

Listen! Listen to your clients, listen to your vendors and keep learning.


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

That is an ongoing struggle. As a mother it is so important to be that my daughter sees how much I love my work but I also have to learn that I have cap work hours at home that is a tough one.


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

Trust your gut!


How do you make work work for you? 

I love what I do!


If you want to be a Featured Member please fill out this form:

Tips to Manage a Remote Workforce

Last week our amazing COO and Head of Product Michelle Pae did a panel with Luminary about managing a remote workforce. As a veteran of the tech product development world Michelle uniquely understands how to successfully organize, motivate and delivery an on-time product. Here are some take-aways and tips for creating culture including the importance of open and empathetic communication in quarantine.
1. Stand ups— daily quick check ins for daily goal and expectation setting.
2. Zoom fatigue is real— use Slack or calls to avoid virtual burnout
3. Lead with empathy— Ask how your team is doing, listen and respond flexibly based on need.
4. Create culture— Stay connected with ice breakers or cocktail hours.
5. Open communication is key— schedule one-on-ones to understand individual needs and goals.
Here are some other things we learned that are useful for managing remote work in quarantine and at all times.
  • In your one-on-one– ask workers about their bandwidth time-wise and emotionally. See if they have unique circumstance to plan around or if they have the time/ interest in taking on more responsibility.
  • Set clear individual and team goals and expectations.
  • Leave your door open so they can ask for help.
  • Work with your team to creatively problem solve
  • Be transparent and advocate for your team.