CHAPTER 15

Two-Career Couples Need Long-Term Plans

by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox

“We learned to take the long view, mostly because we didn’t have any other choice,” says Kate, now in her 60s and busy investing in the next generation of entrepreneurs. “Both sticking to our full-time corporate jobs or one of us becoming a full-time parent weren’t attractive options to us. We wanted to change the model, not just flip it.”

Kate and her husband, Matthew, were a classic dual-career couple. They met in business school, married, and settled into two demanding corporate jobs. But Kate quickly saw that there were too many layers to get to the top anytime soon in her firm. Matthew had a quicker route in his flatter organization. When the couple decided to have ...

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