Then, my beautiful baby girl arrived in my arms, and the moment I held her, I decided something had to change. I loved working, but I loved her more.
That push-pull continued for years and it has only been in the last few years, as I've had control over my own schedule, that I feel I can be successful as both a working mom and, well, a mom.
So, that's why I'm here. Not to tell you the "steps to success" or how to "balance it all." I'm here to support you; to try to make your life easier in some small way. I mean, I may not be offering free laundry services, but what I can offer are tips and resources tailored to moms working in communications-related fields.
Personally, I also think it's refreshing to know that other women DON'T have it all together. For those of us #CommsMoms, we understand brand image and perception, and how social media has distorted a lot of what we see.
Let's be real and let's support one another. We only have one life to live.
Sound familiar? Sadly, that was me. For a long time. A working mom’s conundrum.
I’ve spent the last 20 or so years of my career in communications, PR and marketing, watching the industry evolve from faxing press releases and having coffee with reporters to pitching bloggers via Twitter and monitoring social media 24/7 in case of a reputation management issue.
And boy, did I get tired.
Like many comms pros, I am a perfectionist to a fault. We’ve all had that experience where something has gone out, under our watch, with a spelling, grammatical or formatting error, and we’ve felt the wrath from a boss, client, customer or journalist.
My slip-up came early in my career and it further fueled my control freakishness and anal retentiveness. It gave me an excuse to obsess over everything detail (and to be honest, I almost relished the power of my red pen).
Presenting my research on burnout prevention amongst female PR practitioners
Speaking at 18 conferences worldwide on various communications topics
Surviving a rigorous doctoral program with a newborn and toddler while working a demanding executive job
Celebrating successes of other females in communications (preferably with champagne!)
What I’m known for:
— Leslie Knope in "Parks and Rec"
"If I seem too passionate, it’s because I care. If I come on strong, it’s because I feel strongly. And if I push too hard, it’s because things aren’t moving fast enough."
Had baby #2; started doctorate; didn't sleep again for three years.
Volunteered in Costa Rica; met future hubby.
Broke up with longtime boyfriend; moved to Detroit; volunteered in Russia.
Earned a master's in Strategic PR from USC then moved to Boston.
Planned traveling class through Europe for 20 students in USC's International Communications Studies program.
Graduated college with two degrees: Comms Management + Honors International Studies. Studied in Prague for the summer.
Studied abroad in New Zealand for the summer.
Hosted the "Students for Global Awareness" radio show.
Built a house; got promoted; became a mom.
Baby had open heart surgery (she's doing great now, BTW!).
Suffered two miscarriages. Accepted into doctoral program.
Earned a doctorate with kiddos cheering me on. Quit comms director job to become full-time professor + consult.
Launched The Comms Mom. COVID canceled everything.
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As a second generation Canadian, I dream of taking two big international trips with my family each year. I grew up in a very multicultural city where many of my friends' parents came from other countries. I want my girls to experience other cultures, other foods and other ways of life, firsthand.
hook me up, please!
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