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Women’s Perspectives: Work and Life Balance in the Post-COVID Workplace

The pandemic has further complicated the challenges that already existed for working women seeking to find a work-life balance that works for their lives. The stress of mental health strains has been added to the list. And working women, often already bearing much of the load for raising children, now have aging parents to strain their energy and attention. If you’re a younger woman climbing the career ladder, how do you go about finding a relationship that works. Advice and tips from older successful women for their younger colleagues, who themselves have observations about what it takes to strike a healthy work/life balance.

June 30, 2022

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Panelists:

Roselyn V. Aker-Black
Rachel Druckenmiller
Mary Hastler
Sandy Pagnotti
Roselyn V. Aker-Black
CEO/Founder,
Dr. Roz’s Therapeutic and Coaching Services & GoalGrinders Inc.
Rachel Druckenmiller
CEO,
UNMUTED
Mary Hastler
CEO,
Harford County Public Library
Sandy Pagnotti
President & CEO,
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maryland

Roselyn V. Aker-Black, Psy.D (affectionately known as Dr. Roz) is a native of Rome, Georgia, and resides in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Dr. Roz received a B.A. in psychology from Fisk University and completed a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the American Schools of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Roz is an award-winning psychologist and has over 14 years of experience in providing psychological services to children, families, and couples in the nonprofit, government, and private industry sectors. Currently, she is the Chief Operating Officer for the Goal Grinders Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides Leadership and Entrepreneurial training with a STEM focus for at risk middle and high school girls.

She also serves as a psychology professor at local universities in the D.C. area training the next generation of clinical and forensic psychologists.

Rachel Druckenmiller, as the CEO of training and development company UNMUTED, is on a mission to ignite resilience, connection, engagement and compassion in organizations, leaders and teams. Recognized by The Daily Record as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women of 2022, by Forbes as a Next1000 honoree in 2021, as the #1 Health Promotion Professional in the U.S. by the Wellness Council of America in 2015, and as a 40 Under 40 Game Changer in 2019, Druckenmiller is a national thought leader in the field of employee engagement and well-being.

She has facilitated nearly 300 virtual learning experiences since March 2020 as a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and leadership trainer. Druckenmiller has spoken to leaders at a wide range of organizations, including Citizens Bank, Sherwin-Williams, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Education Association and the American Heart Association.

Mary Hastler has been CEO of the Harford County Public Library since December 2010. Under her leadership, the library has become known nationally and regionally for its innovative programming and deep community involvement. She is a well known figure in Harford County cultural, educational and civic circles, serving on the boards of many nonprofit organizations. She has also chaired the board of Maryland Humanities. Hastler has received many recognitions and honors, including as a member of the Circle of Excellence for Maryland’s Top 100 Women.

Sandy Pagnotti joined the Ronald McDonald House Charities as president & CEO in 2010. She has a 35-year background in marketing, public relations, nonprofits, small business management, sponsorship development, volunteer recruitment, and community activation and engagement.

Pagnotti recently completed a $35 million effort to build a new Ronald McDonald House in Maryland. This will allow RMH to serve more families of sick children today, and be well prepared for the dramatic rise in demand as Maryland hospitals carry out planned expansions of pediatric programs and services.

Sandy is a graduate of James Madison University and has two daughters and five grandchildren.