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Kyra Cavanaugh
President

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- Worked in Switzerland for a year
- Business, psychology and French major
- Loves training middle managers

As president of Life Meets Work, Kyra has helped hundreds of companies think differently about how work gets done. She works with organizations of all types to incorporate innovative workforce practices into their day-to-day operations. She specializes in providing consulting and training services to overcome middle manager resistance as a critical (and often overlooked) component of change management for new ways of working. Life Meets Work clients have included Deloitte, CenturyLink, Toyota Financial Services, WellStar Health System, Turner, Astellas, and Mars North America.

Kyra authored the book Who Works Where [and Who Cares?], a hands-on book that shows managers how to boost collaboration and performance even when their teams don’t work together in the same time or space (2014). She is a key advisor to the Families and Work/SHRM partnership to drive awareness and support for workflex as a business imperative.

She’s a nationally-recognized speaker, blogger and commentator on workforce issues, and the recipient of the 2011 Work-Life Rising Star Award by Alliance for Work-Life Progress. Her expertise has made her a go-to media resource for publications such as Crain’s, Chicago Tribune, Market Watch, and WorkingMother Media.

Before founding Life Meets Work in 2007, Kyra spent almost 20 years in the consumer packaged goods industry. Working in many functional areas for companies like Quaker Oats, Keebler, Dominick’s Finer Foods, and Willard Bishop, she drove innovation and change. She is a graduate of Aquinas College, and mother of three boys.

Often heard saying, “You have to focus on your people if you want to innovate and grow.”

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Teresa Hopke
SVP, Client Relations

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- Shook hands with Michele Obama
- Serial road tripper (46 states so far!)
- Skier, biker, marathoner, canoer, & former figure skater

As a principal of Life Meets Work, Teresa plays a lead role in the company’s strategic direction and consulting projects.

Before joining Life Meets Work, Teresa led retention and engagement strategies at RSM McGladrey as Senior Director of Talent Management. Her innovative coaching and culture programs led the company to prestigious work-life recognition including Working Mother Media’s “100 Best Companies,” The Conference Board’s “Moving Into the Future” award, and the Alfred P. Sloan award, among others.

Teresa has also received the AWLP Work-Life Rising Star award for her innovative work in the field, and is a World at Work faculty member and AWLP board member. Her work has been featured in many books and media outlets including the CBS Morning Show, NBC Nightly News, NPR, Wall Street Journal, and HR Magazine.

Often heard saying: “That’s not a flex issue, that’s a management issue.”

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Learn more about Teresa’s accomplishments at McGladrey

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Amanda Dustan
Project Manager

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- Proud new mom in 2013
- Loves to try new independent restaurants
- Diehard “cheesehead” – GO PACK GO!

Amanda is an HR specialist who’s putting her project management skills to good use, keeping our idea-people and people-people pointed in the right direction.

Dustan comes to Life Meets Work with nine years of experience in human resources, most recently working for McGladrey, where her responsibilities included work-life initiatives and leadership development. (That’s right…she’s the second member of the McGladrey team to join Life Meets Work. We like them. They like us. It’s all good!)

Often heard saying: “That’s a great idea…let’s talk about how we are going to get it done.”

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Jaime Leick
Content Editor

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- BA in English, MA in Journalism
- Keeps composting worms in her office
- VW campervan owner

Way more productive in blue jeans than nylons, Jaime Leick is a freelance writer who thrives in the solitude of at-home work. Having a blast with her own flexible lifestyle, Jaime is beyond happy to bring her editorial expertise to a company that is committed to fostering flexible workplaces. Practicing work/life balance, Jaime severs all contact for an annual week-long wilderness trip, and it hasn’t cost her a client yet. www.moving-type.com

Often heard saying: “The period goes inside the quotation mark!”

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