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WSEC Announces 3rd Parenting Class on September 29th

family_friendly_logoIn an effort to enhance Berkeley Lab’s family-friendly environment, the Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC) and the Diversity and Inclusion Office (DIO) are continuing to co-host a bi-monthly parenting class series (six classes total).  The third class, called “Consequences That Work,” will be held on Tuesday, September 29th from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in Perseverance Hall.  This event is open to the entire Berkeley Lab community, for both men and women, including partners and spouses (employees would have to arrange for visitor’s pass and parking).

Registration is required.  To register, please complete this form.  Due to limited space, we can only accept 30 participants for this class.  Additional classes will be announced soon.

Series Description: Longing for a little more joy and ease in parenting? In this fun and interactive workshop series, you will get some of the “why to” as well as some of the “how to” parent with “Positive Discipline.”  The focus this month is on “consequences.”  You’ll learn the difference between helpful and hurtful consequences, as well as how to design consequences that both work and build long-term life skills.

Facilitator Bio: Marcilie Smith Boyle is a Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator and Life & Leadership Coach who helps high achieving parents and professionals live, work, and parent with more peace, purpose, and joy. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and CPCC from The Coaches Training Institute and loves living in Oakland with her husband and three school-aged children.

Testimonials from WSEC members:

  • “Marcilie Smith Boyle’s teaching style is both pertinent and insightful into parenting. I have made major changes in my relationship with my children moving from a stressful dictatorial style to one solution-driven and caring. My home life’s not perfect but we are certainly going in the right direction.”
  • “Marcilie Smith Boyle’s class speaks to me and my husband, because she has a simlar type A personality (she’s a Harvard MBA graduate) and gets that not only do you want to have a happy family, you want an on-time happy family. Her class is experiential and data driven, both attributes appealing to us as a scientist and an engineer. I think it also speaks to her teaching style that her class was almost evenly divided male and female.”

For questions, please contact the DIO at