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MBA Moms Weigh in On Work Life Balance

Just received a link to this post from the Wharton School of Business regarding parenthood and the work life balance. If you're on the run - here's what these women in finance had to say about pursuing a career in their field. If you're a junior associate on Wall Street don't expect anyone to give you any sort of break if you have kids and still plan to climb the corporate ladder. Translation - it's better to start out without kids, put in those monster hours and then by the time you get married and become a mom, if you've earned respect among your peers as well as your colleagues in your professional network, then you'll be able to call the shots and achieve the work life balance.

While I tend to agree with these panelists, there are plenty of women I know who were in finance or law and had to jump off the corporate ladder because their bosses felt it was an all or nothing prospect. What I hope for my own daughter is that one day she'll be able to truly select the career of her dreams without having to stop halfway because she can't figure out how she'll put in an 80 hour work week without shortchanging her kids.

Do you believe the work life balance is truly attainable or are we all just kidding ourselves? And as a former VP I have to say, a big title is nice but nothing beats having my own work schedule where I can call the shots and be there for my kids when they need me.

In other work related news...a sad day for Blackberry...
And while we're on the topic of work/life balance, did you hear that President elect Obama is going to have to give up his Blackberry when he takes office? According to the NY Times it looks like Obama's days of texting friends, family and co-workers may soon be a thing of the past. As a fellow crackberry addict, I have to say I think we all should join Obama in solidarity on inauguration day and take a break from our gadgets - but thank goodness for us we'll be able to turn them back on. Here's a suggestion - maybe Obama can buy Malia a phone and log on as her alias. And that's why I will never be President of the United States.

Posted in: News on 11/17/2008

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