What We’re Reading: Work-Life Balance and Mapping the Energy Sector

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Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) By Eve Rodsky I’m fascinated by the effects demographics have on the labor force. From longer life expectancies to lower birth rates and the introduction of artificial intelligence, it’s clear that dramatic changes in the labor market have been underway for a while. And now, the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing people to reexamine how they manage their work life, a challenge that’s perhaps best illustrated by the inopportune appearance of children and pets in Zoom calls as parents try to balance child care with working from home. Though I have been less affected by the recent changes than most, I still find myself reflecting on the current situation. The economic shutdowns have affected people differently based on a number of factors, including their income bracket, location, age, sector, gender, etc. I’ve been thinking recently about how the pandemic affects men and women differently, as many of my friends have expressed their anxiety over balancing working from home with online schooling for their children. Just last week, consulting firm McKinsey & Co. published a report indicating that 1 in 4 women were contemplating […]

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Allison Fedirka
Allison Fedirka is the director of analysis for Geopolitical Futures. In addition to writing analyses, she helps train new analysts, oversees the intellectual quality of analyst work and helps guide the forecasting process. Prior to joining Geopolitical Futures, Ms. Fedirka worked for Stratfor as a Latin America specialist and subsequently as the Latin America regional director. She lived in South America – primarily Argentina and Brazil – for more than seven years and, in addition to English, fluently speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Ms. Fedirka has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and international studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in international relations and affairs from the University of Belgrano, Argentina. Her thesis was on Brazil and Angola and south-south cooperation.
Ekaterina Zolotova
Ekaterina Zolotova is an analyst for Geopolitical Futures. Prior to Geopolitical Futures, Ms. Zolotova participated in several research projects devoted to problems and prospects of Russia’s integration into the world economy. Ms. Zolotova has a specialist degree in international economic relations from Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. In addition, Ms. Zolotova studied international trade and international integration processes. Her thesis was on features of economic development of Venezuela. She speaks native Russian and is fluent in English.