The Second Shift in 2015: Why #TooBusyToFail Burnout Culture is Hurting Us All

The Second Shift in 2015: Why #TooBusyToFail Burnout Culture is Hurting Us All

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Friday, Jul. 17 4:30 PM

Ends: Friday, Jul. 17 5:45 PM

Room: 222 C

Despite the growth of women in leadership since Arlie Hochschild coined the term in 1989, the second shift is alive and well in 2015. Full-time working women still shoulder twice the burden of housework and childcare duties as their full-time working male counterparts, and households headed by single mothers have grown exponentially over the past 50 years (and are often left out of these conversations altogether).

Why is it STILL so hard to juggle the demands of work with the rest of our lives?

How can we – organizations, government institutions, and individuals – change this #TooBusyToFail status quo? How do antiquated ideas about what “good” families look like hold us all back? How can men and women alike help women reach their full potential? How does our traditional understanding of what it means to be a good worker – and/or a good parent – need to shift to make it work?

Bring your whole self to this panel for a dynamic discussion of pragmatic solutions we can apply to our lives as individuals, organizations, and activists.


Emilie Aries


Emilie Aries is the founder and CEO of Bossed Up, a personal and professional training organization that helps women craft sustainable careers. Emilie’s helped hundreds of women across the country navigate career transition and prevent burnout, and was recently awarded a Young Women of Achievement Entrepreneurship award by the Women’s Information Network.

This past fall, Emilie delivered a TED talk on the “Power of No” about drawing healthy boundaries and investing in sustainable long-term achievement.

Previously, Aries served in politics as a digital strategist and grassroots organizer, with an array of online and offline campaign experience. She earned her B.A. in political science from Brown University and completed a Fellowship on Organizing at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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Alicia Jay


Alicia Jay is a Co-Founder and the Managing Director of Make It Work, a three-year campaign uniting a community of people who believe that hardworking families shouldn’t have to choose between being there for family and earning a living. Through championing new policy solutions, sparking pop culture moments, and building the power of those most impacted, Make It Work is changing the conversation about work and family in this country.

Alicia is also the founder of Rabble Up, a coaching and training program for emerging social change leaders, helping early- and mid-career activists to harness their passion for change towards creating a sustainable and abundant career. Most recently, Alicia served as a member of a small grantmaking team at the Atlantic Philanthropies, funding civic engagement, leadership development, and research and policy efforts in the United States. Alicia is a proud Advisory Board member of the Third Wave Fund.

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Nicole Rodgers


Nicole Rodgers is a senior-level strategist with expertise in communications, branding, and research in the public interest. Rodgers is the founder of Role Reboot, a contemporary online magazine culture, gender roles and family. In late summer 2015, she will launch Family Story ( a national communications hub dedicated to sparking a new conversation about families today that meets people where they are, embraces the dignity and value of a wider range of family structures, and asks how the well-being of individuals within each can be improved.

Rodgers is former Vice President at Fenton, and was previously a PhD candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Evan Sutton


On April 1, 2007, I was fired from the bar I managed in Seattle with no explanation. When I got home, I found three rejection letters from MFA programs waiting for me.

Looking back, it’s strange to think that day led me to where I am today. After the my life plan collapsed, I decided a change of scenery would help, so I pursued an internship with Barack Obama’s campaign. In the fall of 2007, I landed in a strip-mall field office on the edge of Las Vegas.

Over the coming years, I learned to tell my own story in a political context, and how to train others to tell theirs. After helping pass the ACA in 2010, I came to DC and spent 4 years at the New Organizing Institute training activists and helping tell the story of our organization and our graduates. In 2014 I moved on to the American Federation of Teachers, serving as digital director and communications director and helping tell the story of our members. In 2018, I struck out on my own to start Firekit Campaigns. Today I’m fortunate to help rising leaders refine their message, find their authentic voice, and deploy values-based storytelling across media.

Bridget Todd


Bridget Todd is a political strategist, educator, writer and community organizer. She currently works as the digital training manager for the New Organizing Institute.

Her writing on race, politics, and culture has appeared at the Atlantic, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, BuzzFeed, the Aerogram, DCentric, Racialicious and several other outlets.

She has held regular contributing writer positions at PolicyMic and Generation Progress, the millennial arm of Center for American Progress, a progressive public policy and advocacy organization. She has also discussed her experiences with racial profiling on the Daily Show.

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