New York Times-bestselling author of Fair Play
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About Eve Rodsky
Eve Rodsky realized that simply identifying the issue of unequal labor on the home front wasn’t enough: she needed a solution to this universal problem. Her sanity, identity, career, and marriage depended on it. Armed with data, research, her Harvard Law School training and years of organizational management experience, Rodsky set out to a system for domestic labor that mirrored systems in the most efficient corporate organizations. Her Fair Play system creates delineated roles, specific assignments, and explicitly defined expectations that empower both partners to take the lead, stay in their own lane and ultimately—support sustainable relationships that thrive. Fair Play was instantly recognized for its life-changing strategy by influential taste-makers and time management experts alike, with Ariana Huffington calling it a “game-changing guide” and Reese Witherspoon declaring, “I’m so impressed with the Fair Play handbook.”
Rodsky walks through her solutions to these friction points and discusses how an equal measurement of time in the home can organically benefit a company’s culture. For organizations seeking to become more adaptive, innovative, and fair, every domestic task, both visible and invisible, physical and mental, must be recognized as having a quantifiable time component to prevent inefficiency, inequality, and burnout.
In her follow-up book, Find Your Unicorn Space, Rodsky realized that even when the domestic workload becomes more balanced, people still report something missing in their lives—that is, unless they create and prioritize time for activities that not only fill their calendars but also unleash their creativity. She helps others to embrace all the unlikely, surprising, and delightful places where their own Unicorn Space may be found.
Rodsky attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate and earned a law degree from Harvard Law School. She worked in foundation management at J.P. Morgan before founding the Philanthropy Advisory Group to advise high-net-worth families and charitable foundations on best practices for harmonious operations, governance, and disposition of funds. After over a decade of working with hundreds of families, she realized that her expertise in family mediation, strategy, and organizational management could be applied to a problem closer to home. Rodsky was born and raised by a single mom in New York City and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their three children.
The Antidote to Burnout
If we want to avoid burning out, opting out, and continuing to battle with mental health struggles like anxiety, chronic fatigue and depression, we each must set true boundaries at work and at home so that we can cultivate our curiosities, interests and passions, and remember who we are apart from our jobs and separate from the family roles that can define us. Eve Rodsky calls this brand of creative expression—Unicorn Space—and explains why creating time for it is not optional, but essential to our sense of self, our physical and mental well-being, the health of our partnerships, and our ability to model what a full and meaningful life looks like to our children, friends, colleagues, and communities. Join Eve to learn more about the antidote to burnout.
Creativity Leads to Productivity
Do you feel permitted to pursue or expand beyond your roles of partner, parent and professional, what best-selling author and organizational management expert, Eve Rodsky, calls the ‘3 Ps’? In doing research for her latest book, Find Your Unicorn Space, Eve discovered that when businesses and companies create policies that invest in their employees’ unpaid creative acts outside of work, they articulated an increase in productivity, performance, workplace loyalty and job fulfillment. Join Eve to learn about how ‘unicorn space’ leads to productivity and the importance of giving yourself and your employees the permission to be unavailable.
It’s Time for ‘Time Choice’
Time is our the most valuable asset and yet women, specifically, are taught to give theirs away or magically expand it to fulfill the needs of others. Join best-selling author and organizational management Eve Rodsky as she discusses how to reclaim time in your already busy schedule for ‘Unicorn Space’, uninterrupted and sustained focus on the natural gifts, interests, and talents that make you uniquely you. While making time for creative expression may sound counter-productive, it is essential to our physical and mental health, our sense of identity and purpose and is a key component in the fight for gender equity in the workplace and at home.
Fair Play for HR and Corporate Culture
Women, on average, shoulder two-thirds of domestic responsibilities, regardless of whether they work outside the home. As organizations with gender equity commitments, how can we support women when they’re carrying that mental load? Using her Harvard Law School training and years of organizational management experience, Eve Rodsky has created a life-management system to rebalance the unequal emotional labor and “invisible work.” Through stories and statistics, Rodsky takes us on a journey of what it means for women to fully step into their power in the world and in the workplace by allowing men to fully step into the home. HR and corporate culture leaders will leave armed with practical tools for creating a more equitable, welcoming workplace environment.Categories: Business + Management Speakers, Company Reads Speakers, Current + Social Issues Speakers, Diversity + Inclusion Speakers, Future of Work Speakers, Library + Community Reads Speakers, Motivational + Inspirational Speakers, Parenting Speakers, Productivity and Time Management Speakers, Wellness Speakers, Women's Interest Speakers
Praise for Eve Rodsky
Praise for Find Your Unicorn Space
Overburdened women are issued a ‘permission slip’ to explore their creativity in this energizing invitation by Rodsky (Fair Play) to pursue passion projects…Whimsical design details and plentiful stories round out an attractive package. It would make for a welcome gift passed around the late-night PTA crowd.— Publishers Weekly
Rodsky’s friendly tone is encouraging and reassuring to readers trying to relocate their life’s spark and the time to pursue it.— Booklist
Eve Rodsky urges women to give themselves ‘permission to be unavailable’ to pursue passions, goals, and dreams outside of work, family and other obligations. Backed by science and full of personal insights, Rodsky shows us how to create important time and space for ourselves so that we can truly thrive in all aspects of our lives.— Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global
If you want to avoid burning out–physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually–read this gem of a book from the one and only Eve Rodsky. You are as unique as a unicorn, and you need the space to express that.— Greg McKeown, author of Effortless and Essentialism and the host of the What’s Essential podcast
Praise for Fair Play
A hands-on strategy to divide tasks and achieve household harmony.— Real Simple
[An] impressive debut…Couples searching for ways to better manage their families and achieve a balance of domestic work will benefit from Rodsky’s actionable strategy.— Publishers Weekly
Rodsky’s system, which uses task cards divided between partners, is potentially revolutionary and [Fair Play] offers the right combination of venting and commiserating balanced by practical solutions and manageable approaches to tough conversations…poised to become a book-club favorite.— Booklist
Watch out for Eve Rodsky. Reese Witherspoon’s media company, Hello Sunshine, has annointed her as the Marie Kondo of relationships, and we think they might be on to something.— BookPage
A must read for every busy woman out there.— PopSugar‘s Best Books of Fall
Fair Play is a game-changing guide to reclaiming more time in our lives by dividing domestic work in a deceptively simple new way. As Eve Rodsky explains, the key is for each partner to take on the entirety of each task on their to-do list—from conception to planning to execution—to avoid the mental load falling on women and the conflicts that typically arise in a relationship. The Fair Play system of dealing virtual ‘cards’ to share the work it takes to run a household is revolutionary and can help you succeed and truly thrive in all aspects of your life!— Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global
There are three ‘people’ in every busy relationship: Person A, Person B, and the system that governs them. When things feel overwhelming, most people point at themselves or their partner to explain it, but more often than not the system itself is the problem. This is brilliantly illustrated in Fair Play, where Eve Rodsky makes the existing system visible and provides a clear path to build a new one that enables readers to focus on what their family values most.— Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism
If your family is struggling to achieve a happy division of household labor, read this book. Fair Play offers practical tools for maximizing peace and minimizing resentment—while freeing up all parties to pursue their best lives.— Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It and Juliet’s School of Possibilities
Being a parent is hard; maintaining a happy marriage when children are young is even harder. Rodsky comes to the rescue for these rocky years! Fair Play is what every busy parent needs to shed resentment, move beyond blame, and reconnect with each other. By easing the home burdens and working collaboratively, parents will find the key to a happier marriage and more family joy.— Tovah Klein, PhD, director of the Barnard Center for Toddler Development and author of How Toddlers Thrive
Eve Rodsky tackles the division of housework – a major source of conflict within many marriages—with a refreshingly clear, workable set of solutions that both partners can embrace.— Darby Saxbe, PhD, associate professor of psychology, University of Southern California
Eve Rodsky has created a new language and fresh conversation around the topic of doing it all, stressing out and losing ourselves and relationships in the process. Every page of this book has a take-away, a new idea of approaching a topic that has plagued parents for decades and has needed a plan.— Sheryl Ziegler, MD, author of Mommy Burnout
Fair Play gives us permission to create our own values that introduce equity into our households, creating an equitable shift in domestic workload, and setting examples for our children: that is the revolution. Imagine what could be different about you, your relationships and the world, if we collectively decided to play fair.— Alexis Jemal, JD, LCSW, assistant professor, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College
I just want to thank Eve Rodsky, brave woman, for taking on the mental load…of solving the mental load. Fair Play isn’t just a great idea…it’s going to change cultural norms so that women can have equity at home and equality in the workplace. Yes, better division of laundry can help solve the pay gap!— Lauren Brody, author of The Fifth Trimester
Books by Eve Rodsky
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Find Your Unicorn Space
“Magnificent! Eve Rodsky illuminates the importance of investing in the creative pursuits that make your life more deeply fulfilling.” —Reese Witherspoon