Stanford Shares How Real Power Couples Manage Work/Life Balance

Genevieve Fish

Life in the fast lane can take a toll on interpersonal relationships, and no one knows this better than power couples, who manage hectic schedules, high-powered jobs, and very little personal time. We’re not talking about the glamorous power couples you see floating down the red carpet—although we're sure they live through their fair share of compromising, too. In this case, Stanford Graduate School of Business hosted four couples who revealed how they navigate the dual-career lane while still tending to their families, health, and personal lives.

The event, which was sponsored by Stanford GSB’s Women in Management group, featured individuals who acknowledged the trials and tribulations associated with trying to maintain “a loving relationship and chaos-free household when both partners work long hours and also may travel frequently.” Luckily, they also provided several takeaways for how to live a balanced lifestyle despite having hectic schedules. Take your relationship to the next level with these great tips from super-couples.

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Power couple Alex and Parker Conrad worked out an arrangement for home tasks early on in their relationship. Alex, a management consultant for Strategy&, takes care of everything that can be accomplished remotely—like paying bills. Parker, a co-founder of several companies based in the Bay Area, has a less crazy travel schedule and, thus, takes care of all home needs that have to be dealt with in person.

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