Being a woman in sales can be challenging, but having a career in sales while juggling family and motherhood takes it to another level. With a family comes more things competing for your time and demanding your attention. It also forces you to be more intentional about your priorities, activities, and schedule.
In our panel discussion “Juggling Family and Career”, Jorja Palmer (PitchBook Data), Sara Censoprano (Movable Ink) and Katie Capuzzo (WISE), shared their perspectives on navigating motherhood in the workplace and the successes and struggles that come with being a woman.
Here are some key takeaways to guide you in your professional journey.
It’s a juggle, not a balance.
Growing your family means more logistics to consider from weekday to weekend. It forces you to evaluate priorities and set firmer boundaries to ensure you’re fully present for what’s important at work and at home. With all the balls you’re juggling, one is sure to drop – being honest about your priorities helps ensure the dropped ball is made of plastic, not glass.
You don’t have to love it all.
Motherhood isn’t easy and throwing in anything else (job, hobby, dinner with friends) can make the day-to-day more complicated. Feeling overwhelmed or frustrated at times is completely normal and doesn’t make you less than others. No mom guilt here!
Sharing is caring.
As women, we often feel the need to “have it all figured out” but there is power in transparency, especially in motherhood. This is your permission to set that pumping calendar block to public and to resist the urge to sugarcoat when asked about family planning. The mom-network is real so lean on those around you and be open to sharing your experience in the workplace.
Having a family has its unique joys and challenges, and it can be overwhelming. While juggling family, work, and everything in between is a great balancing act, it does not have to be a solo act. You can always get the support of your partner, your friends, your manager and coworkers, or your mom network. Lastly, find your own rest and rhythm – take control of your time and your energy in ways that make you feel good and work for you.
Want to learn more? You can stream the full event recording here.
Thank you to all of the WISE partners for making this event possible and our panelists for sharing their time and advice.