What is your profession? Vice President of Customer Support, Blackbaud. I lead a team of about 200 employees serving 20,000 nonprofits in the US and Canada.
What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? As a creative outlet – I love to sew. It lets me be creative while still fitting my need for precision. I make all of my own curtains, pillows, etc. I also enjoy ladies night out as often as I can! I am married with two very active kids. In addition to spending time with my husband enjoying all that Charleston has to offer, I love watching my kids play sports – mostly basketball and soccer.
How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I just joined!
What inspired you to become a member? I am very interested in learning from other business leaders in our community and giving back to women joining the corporate world.
What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I signed up for the blogs and newsletters over a year ago and definitely picked up some great career advice. I have been very impressed with the tools C4W offers women looking to expand their skills and experience.
How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I want to be supermom, superwife, superhuman. It’s not possible. I want to do the PTA, volunteer at the school, be a girl scout leader, while still exceeding the expectations of my career. It took me a while to realize that I can’t do that. I had to redefine what being a ‘great mom’ or a ‘great employee means for me. For me, it means that I do lunch duty once a month instead of twice a month. I can’t be a troop leader for the girls scouts, but I can help with the craziness that is cookie sales because I can do that when the kids go to bed. It means I have to miss the PTA meeting on occasion because I have to go out of town for work. It means that I leave work at 5:30 most days so I can have dinner with my family…the presentation can wait. And that’s OK.
I’m incredibly lucky to have a partner as my husband. He and I truly share the responsibilities of our family. I’m lucky to work for a company that supports work/life balance and a position that affords me the flexibility to see the school play and leave at a decent hour to make ladies night out.
My ability to succeed…to survive…depends on my prioritization skills. I determine what actually has to occur and what I would like to occur and do what I can while still finding time to catch up on a book. It took me a few years to get there but I am there now…even though I do still struggle every once in a while when I get that email asking for volunteers for the Thanksgiving party at school.
What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? It is imperative to not shop hungry when you are looking for a new job. I am sure that is easier said than done, but you and your family will benefit in the long run if you take a job that you are passionate and excited about. Always ‘run to’ a job instead of ‘running from’ one.