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Dawn Emerick On Shedding The 'Golden Handcuffs' Of A High Stress Job

Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida

As the chief executive of a local public health organization, it was somewhat ironic when Dawn Emerick started feeling like job-related stress was starting to affect her health.A high profile Jacksonville executive, Emerick was beginning to feel like her the grinding schedule she kept as CEO of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida was taking a toll on her health.

Emerick dialed back her hours and responsibilities, but she still couldn’t find that elusive work-life balance.

Emerick stepped down, and now she’s beginning a new professional chapter, one she says won’t be ruled by what she calls the “golden handcuffs” of a high-salary, high-stress position that leaves no time for family, hobbies, or just about anything outside of the job.

Emerick joined Melissa Ross to discuss the road ahead.

You can follow Melissa Ross on Twitter @MelissainJax.

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.