Powerful N Successful Working Moms
Being a mother who happens to manage companies and earn millions of dollars indicates the implementation of a specific skill set which involves time management, effective prioritization in both personal and professional arenas, and ensuring that neither family nor the workplace feels let down at any point. While the mere thought of so much management and compartmentalizing sounds mind-boggling and impossible to achieve, there are a number of inspiring women who find the perfect balance, and have raised families and companies at the same time. Here are a few examples of such women.
Indra Nooyi – As the Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi has her hands full, but that does not prevent her from keeping in constant touch with her two daughters. “If my children call me while I am in a meeting, I will take their calls”, states this mother, firmly.
Michelle Obama – The US First Lady and her family are under constant media scrutiny which, one would imagine, might make it difficult for X and Y, her two daughters to grow up normally. However, Michelle ensures that they enjoy sleepovers, trips to the mall and other activities, and further normalizes their dinner table conversation by making husband and US President Barrack Obama’s day, “the least talked about” subject! She honored Military mothers this Mother’s Day by inviting them over for a high tea at the White House with a special guest; Prince Harry!
Sheryl Sandberg – The COO of Facebook has described her juggling dual responsibilities between being efficient at work as well as a good mom to her 2 children, in her book, “Lean In”. She candidly describes a situation where she discovered lice in her children’s hair only a few minutes before she was scheduled to attend an important business meeting. Her lesson? She is now fore-armed with a lice detector in her work bag! Sandberg is also known for leaving the office at exactly 5:30pm everyday without fail in order to be on time for dinner with her family.
Naina Lal Kidwai, Managing Director, HSBC, is one of the highest-paid women in the Indian banking sector; and is mother to two children, a daughter, Kemaya, who is 21 years old, and 33-year old Rumaan, who works in advertising. Her dedication towards spending every spare moment with her family is as strong as her shrewd financial decision-making ability. Every holiday sees the family escaping into the comforting, technology-unfriendly arms of nature, where no cell phones are allowed and where the internet is not accessible. Being part of a family of nature lovers allows Naina to bond with her husband and their children, and she fondly recalls trips to places Ranthambore, Corbett, and Bandhavgarh, among other places.
Beyonce Knowles Carter is ranked as one of the most powerful moms in the entertainment business. She is married to rapper Jay-Z, and recently gave birth to a daughter, Ivy Blue Carter. Beyonce is best known for her promotion of healthy body image and her focus on empowering women through her music. “Giving birth made me realize the power of being a woman. I have so much more substance in my life”, she is quoted to have mentioned to a women’s magazine. Despite being one half of the world’s first billionaire couple in the music industry, Beyonce is determined to make motherhood a higher priority than entertainment, and states that protecting her child is her biggest responsibility at present.
Juggling motherhood and professional commitments is no mean feat, and the fact that the five ladies mentioned in this list have successfully managed to discover the fine balance between being good mothers and efficient business women is testimony to the fact that any woman can follow in their footsteps and achieve the dual dream of a balanced family life and a successful career.