Blake Woodward

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I am a first time dad, a management consultant and founder of suittiestroller.com - a website supporting corporate dads in finding work life balance while raising a family, as well as advocating for gender-equal parental leave and support policies. I took 9 months off in my son’s first year and currently work 4 days a week now that my wife and I are both back at work.

Adopting flexible working arrangements have enabled me to be an involved dad. This means assuming responsibilities of daycare drop off, being home to cook dinner and having play time before putting my child to bed. It also means reimagining the possibilities of how and when I work with my team and clients to get the job done.

Becoming a dad has transformed how I view the world and what motivates me at work and in life more broadly. I am passionate about encouraging working dads to challenge the traditional corporate mindset, and equipping them to make important decisions for balancing and sustaining career and family life. Flexible working enables me to attain the personal fulfillment that comes from being both a loving, actively involved dad, while continuing to pursue a demanding and rewarding career.