May 13th 2010 - Book Launch and Panel Discussion with Sharon Lerner, Author of The War on Moms: On Life in a Family Un-Friendly Nation

Momasphere and Park Slope Parents Career Networking presents an intriguing book launch and panel discussion with Sharon Lerner, author of The War on Moms: On Life in a Family Un-Friendly Nation. With life harder on American families than it's been in decades, the book takes the blame away from moms and puts it where it really belongs. Leading work/life balance and legal/policy experts will join Sharon for an illuminating evening. You won't want to miss this relevant discussion! Wine and snacks will be served.

All guests will receive a complimentary copy of Brain Child Magazine, the ‘magazine for thinking mothers’.  

All Proceeds of the event will go to support Children Of The City, a local charity dedicated to changing the culture of poverty through education and outreach.

Time:  6:30pm to 8:30pm
Date:  Thursday, May 13th
Price:  General Admission: $10 online and $15 at the door (cash only at the door)
Place: Brooklyn Creative League, 540 President St, 3rd Fl., Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215


 Space is limited so please RSVP by purchasing tickets online. Tickets at the door are cash only and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


We are honored to present the first Brooklyn look at this fascinating book, a few short days after its release. Sharon Lerner's The War on Moms is battlefield reporting on the widespread, brutal realities facing most American women today: the lack of paid maternity leave, the dearth of decent part-time work options, and the shortage of good, affordable childcare options. We are honored to present our panel of experts whose knowledge and experience offer an added dimension to Sharon Lerner’s impeccable reporting and insight into the status of the American mother today:


Read Momasphere's interview with Sharon Lerner on our blog, and click on READ MORE below to learn about the panelists.


Sharon Lerner is a journalist who has covered a wide range of issues of concern to women for more than a decade. She has worked as a reporter for The Village Voice, where she wrote two regular columns and covered women's issues and health. Her written work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The American Prospect, The Nation,, DoubleX (, and Ms. among other publications. She is the recipient of the 2005 Front Page Award for News Coverage, the 2005 Jane Cunningham Croly/GFWC Print Journalism Award for excellence in covering issues of concern to women; a special award from the Women and Politics Institute for coverage of women's issues post-9/11; the Ray Brunner Science Writing Award from the American Public Health Association; and a National Headliner Award for her radio feature reporting. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young sons. “The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation,” due out in early May, is her first book.

Anne Weisberg is a Director in the Deloitte US firms’ Talent organization and a specialist in the field of gender and generational diversity, inclusion and work/life integration. Most recently, Anne co-authored the best-selling book, Mass Career Customization: Aligning the Workplace with Today’s Nontraditional Workforce (HBS Press, 2007), and helped lead the internal implementation of MCC, a signature initiative of Deloitte’s Talent agenda. She also served on the National Advisory Commission to Workplace Flexibility 2010, a national campaign to promote flexibility as the new normal of the 21st century workplace. Ms. Weisberg and her husband live in Manhattan and have five children between them.

Sherry Leiwant is Executive Director and co-founder of A Better Balance.  Sherry has over 30 years of experience working on legal issues affecting poor women. As a senior attorney at NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (now Legal Momentum), where she worked for 10 years, she developed the State Advocacy Project, a response to the 1996 changes in welfare that focused on issues intersecting women’s rights and poverty (discrimination, child care, violence and reproductive rights), working with advocates, lawmakers and regulators to improve Federal, state and local policies affecting poor women.  Sherry graduated summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University and has a law degree from Columbia School of Law.  She has three children and has served on the boards of Bank Street College and Basic Trust Infant and Toddler Center.

Ann C Hardy is a life coach, who specializes in working with women in transition. For more than 20 years, Ann worked as a marketing and communications professional with several Fortune 500 companies, including JPMorgan Chase, AT&T, MasterCard and IBM. For the last eight of those years, she was also raising two young daughters while tackling the demands of working as an executive in a corporate environment. Despite her successes in the corporate world, she always felt something was missing: that her work lacked meaning, and no longer supported her personal values. Now, as a life coach inspired by lessons learned from her own transition, she works with other women to help them successfully do the same. Ann C Hardy lives in Westchester County with her husband, two daughters, dog, guinea pig and the occasional fish.

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