My commitment to my job, let alone my career, was never called into question until the day I announced my pregnancy. On that day, my manager – who had been my mentor and champion – asked: “Will you come back to work?”
My reply: “Of course, don’t you know me?”
It seemed our previous conversations about my intentions to grow my career were all put into question now that I also wanted to become a mother.
At first, I thought I had done something wrong or I gave the wrong impression in some way. Yet, after talking to other working women and researching our shared experiences I realized I wasn’t alone.
The reason: unconscious bias.
Women face the systemic challenges of unconscious bias the moment they announce their pregnancy. The penalties worsen after maternity leave as they settle into their new roles as working mothers.
The experience of being judged on what others assume I should want or be now that I was a mother, let alone the struggle I faced in reclaiming my career after having a baby was not easy. Yet, it’s been harder to watch women coming up behind me struggle with the very same challenges.
That’s why I’m here.
The shift to becoming a working mother is the biggest career change many women will face. And, too few are prepared for it.
For more than 15 years, I’ve been helping organizations and executives transform. As a communications expert, I’ve worked with companies in the US, Canada and internationally develop the messages and strategies that have shifted their businesses, influenced stakeholders to action and moved companies forward.
Now it’s time to use my expertise to help working mothers prepare and manage the career shifts that comes with parenthood.
But it’s not all up to mothers to bring about change. I also work with companies to equip managers and HR with the knowledge, skills and programs to better support employees as they become parents.
Intrigued? Let’s chat.
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