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Daisy Dowling

  • Working parenthood expert, advisor and coach. Author of Workparent: The Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself, and Raising Terrific Kids
  • Former Managing Director & Global Head of Talent Development for Blackstone; Working Parenthood Columnist for the Harvard Business Review


Just what is a Workparent?

Daisy Dowling defines a Workparent as anyone working while raising a child. One person, two roles: no contradictions—and no apologies.

The author of the inclusive, all-in-one “how to” for every working parent Workparent: The Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself, and Raising Happy Kids, she has launched a gentle rebellion against the either/or thinking dominating the conversation around working parenthood while teaching working mothers and fathers how to lead more successful and satisfying lives. Business Insider has referred to Dowling as “the Dr. Spock of working parenthood….” Her keen insight and experience also helps organizations capture the full value of their working parent talent.

In today's post-pandemic world, Daisy serves as an indispensable resource for every mom and dad facing the “new normal” as well as an experienced voice who offers insightful keynotes and discussions with leaders about where “work-life” issues will figure into the future of the workplace.  

Whether addressing working mothers and fathers, their managers, colleagues, and allies, or senior leadership teams, Daisy brings a pragmatic, how-to approach to her high-impact presentations. She breaks down the challenge of combining career and children and providing powerful strategies and specific action steps that move parents and organizations forward.

Daisy has delivered her engaging message to leading organizations including KKR, Paul Weiss, Omnicom Media Group, Disney, Cornell University, Big Lots!, National Health of Scotland and the United States Air Force as well as audiences throughout Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

She is also a columnist on working parent issues for The Harvard Business Review (HBR) and serves as Series Editor for the HBR Working Parent Collection of books. Daisy has written on careers, personal development, and work/life balance for Fast Company, The Washington Post, MarketWatch, European Business Review, Dallas Morning News and Elle magazine. She and her work have also been featured in The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Business Insider, The Sunday Times (UK), Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and on



  • Workparenting: The Balance of the Workplace & Family in Challenging Times. “How do I balance my life? How do I be the parent I want while succeeding?” With 52 million American working parents, these are only a handful of the questions around managing work and raising a family that we all face. As a leading expert on these universal questions, Daisy provides thoughtful advice combined with cogent solutions that will help parents find success and fulfillment with working parenthood while building better connections with their children. She shares useful tips gleaned from her research and conversations with parents across different stages of the parenting life cycle, putting together a “working parent toolkit” that outlines the skills, techniques, and actions that parents can use to succeed in their career and at home. In these unprecedented times of COVID, she shares how the pandemic has affected care arrangements and the difficult decisions and radical pivots it has forced parents to make while trying to make time for both their children and their work life.

Keywords: Work, Life, Balance; Personal Development, Working Mothers and Fathers, Organizational Development, Working Parent, Retention, Recruitment

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