With working women being integral to the modern workforce, working mothers are an inevitable subset of that group. But human resource experts estimate that companies typically lose from 20 to 30 percent of women in the first few years after they become mothers. This turnover can become costly for the organization and for the individual who may later seek to re-enter the workforce.

Karen Rubin, the managing director of a New York-based business coaching organization, Talking Talent, will address these issues at a meeting of the Human Resources Management Association -Princeton on Monday, January 11, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Princeton Hyatt. To register go to http://hrma-nj.shrm.org/. The dinner meeting will be preceded at 4:30 p.m. by a “Careers in Transition” workshop presented by Damon Montal of the Ayers Group

According to the Human Resources Association the departure of new mothers from the workforce results in “costly and unfortunate attrition.”

Rubin’s presentation will “unlock the key to retention and engagement of female talent during a critical life inflection point.”

The HR group says that the seminar, “especially tailored to managers,” will show “what savvy organizations can do to manage this critical life transition successfully. With a little help, managers can support their employees to confidently prepare for a maternity leave and minimize the impact for key stakeholders and the business. Attendees will learn practical tips and best practices to improve retention and engagement of their female talent, and ultimately build up the pipeline of women in the workforce.”

Rubin, a Princeton resident and the mother of three daughters, earned her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and BA from the University of Michigan. As managing director of Talking Talent North America, Rubin helps companies develop a pipeline of talented women, with the aim of increasing diversity in senior leadership. She oversees the firm’s coaching support for Fortune 500 companies with programs that enable women and their managers to manage the maternity transition and the child-raising years.

A certified coach, Rubin created a mentoring program for the NYU Stern Women in Business Alumnae Committee. Her clients range from senior executives to mid-level managers at companies including Johnson & Johnson, Pitney Bowes, Princeton University, Symrise, New York University, and Goodwin Proctor, as well as small to medium-sized businesses.

Talking Talent has coached over 14,000 women and their managers at companies including Bank of America, MetLife, Deutsche Bank, McKinsey, and others.

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