Parents Who LeadI’m excited to share with you that my long-time friend and colleague Stew Friedman, an organizational psychologist at Wharton since 1984, best-selling author, and founder of Total Leadership, is releasing his third book from Harvard Business Review Press, Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life with his co-author, Alyssa Westring.

Drawing on their decades of experience as researchers, educators, consultants, coaches, and parents, Friedman and Westring – a Boomer and a Millennial – have reimagined the principles in Friedman’s bestselling Total Leadership, which describes his globally adopted leadership development program,and brought them to working parents.

In Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life, they offer a robust, proven method that helps parents gain a greater sense of purpose and control, so they can lead the lives they truly want – lives characterized by genuine relationships and positive impact.

The book has been enthusiastically endorsed by Adam Grant, Daniel Pink, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Bob Sutton, Dave Asprey, Neil Blumenthal, and many other business leaders, scholars, and policy advocates.  It’s a welcome catalyst for the new conversations we need now about our evolving workforce and gender roles.  And it’s a roadmap for innovative thought and action, filled with persuasive examples from the lives of real working parents whom Friedman and Westring have studied and worked with in putting their model into practice.

Powerful, practical, and indispensable,  Parents Who Lead is the evidence-based guide parents need to forge a better future, foster mutually rewarding relationships, and design sustainable solutions for creating a richer life for themselves, their children, and their world.  It is available for pre-order now through AmazonBarnes and NobleBooks-A-Million. Learn more at

For those who have worked with me as a client, you know that I reference and draw on Stew’s work regularly. He has been a tremendously positive influence on my work and life for over a decade, and I am so grateful for the impact his work has made on our world for all of us across all domains of life: work, home, community and self.

Here’s to leading with impact!


Erin Owen, MBA, PCC, JCTC
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Where’s Erin?

Working with private clients in the Executive Career ReinventionTM program, providing executive coaching to mid-level and senior-level executives who work for for-profit, NGO, academic, and private organizations, coaching women leaders at the University of Cincinnati, and also coaching MBA and Exec MBA students at Wharton.

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