Think you know what it means to be a working mother? Try again. While everyone probably has some kind of stereotypical image, there’s no one-size-fits-all scenario of what working parenthood looks like. Work-life balance? Juggling schedules? Having it all? Toss those passé clichés aside and look at the at-times-messy, real-life accomplishments all around you.
Each year, She Runs It honors women who have achieved outstanding business results while also serving as strong role models or mentors at work, at home and within their communities. This year’s winners will be celebrated on February 26 at a luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.
We asked this year’s honorees to share their first hand insights from the intersection of work and family as well as how they make the most out of frenzied, gratifying lives. Check out the following pages for what they had to say. ...
President, North America
How motherhood helps her succeed at work: “My perspective about work and life is much healthier, that’s for sure. The health and well-being of my children are most important to me. This really is the foundation of my every day, which allows me to easily make decisions and focus on the big picture. I’ve learned not to sweat the small stuff and to just get it done, or delegate it!”
The most embarrassing thing she’s done as a working parent: “I went to a client presentation four days after the birth of my third child and dropped him off with our office manager. But this was 20 years ago. I think a client would be mortified today if I did that. But back then, it felt like the thing to do.”
Her must-have working parent tech tool: “Find My Friends—I don’t know how I functioned prior to this app. There is great comfort in knowing where all my family is, regardless of the time zone I’m in. We all track each other, and it’s equally comforting for the kids."