Posts Tagged ‘working mom’

C4W Member Profile: Dorie Wallace

January 9, 2013

doriewallaceWhat 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.

How can people connect with you?  Via LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/doriewallace, Twitter: @DorieWa, or email at dorie.wallace@blackbaud.com.

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C4W Member Profile: Amee Davison

November 2, 2011

What is your profession? Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Most importantly spending time with family and friends, especially my two month old baby girl.  I also enjoy shopping, taking my two dogs to the dog park, and watching movies with the hubby!

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I just joined!  We are new to the Charleston area.

What inspired you to become a member? I love what the Center stands for, especially when it comes to empowering women.  Working for a company like Mary Kay who which has many of the same priorities as the Center for Women it was a no brainer decision!

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? It has strengthened my belief that as women we need to embrace who we are and form relationships with one another to achieve more for ourselves as well as for our families and communities.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? As a new mom it has shown me that we wear many hats: mom, wife, business woman, daughter, sister, friend…. and juggling those hats takes having priorities, balance, and most importantly endurance to make it through each day!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?  I’ve always run my business on the belief that if we do the work, God will do the rest.  Also, on my own personal mantra be committed, be consistent, and be determined.

C4W Board Member Profile: Colleen Troy

May 27, 2011

What is your profession? Owner, Touchpoint Communications, a PR/Marketing communications firm, adjunct college professor, freelance writer.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I have a husband and two great kids, so I love anything we do together. We are big on traveling, and we also like cooking and dining out together.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Wow – for at least 7 years!

What inspired you to become a member? I really like the positive, empowering spirit of the Center for Women. I always meet such cool people at Center events, and feel energized by the program content and the ideas shared.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The Center has helped me see that women can, and do, have a real voice and impact in this community. It’s easy to believe otherwise sometimes and become dispirited, but women really do rock, and the Center gives us a focus for that strength.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? As a mom, I’m trying to raise both my son and my daughter to be good feminists. (Yep, I said the “f” word) That means they know women can do anything, just as men can do anything. I think that I was raised to be confident, married a man who isn’t afraid of that, and just want to keep the momentum going.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Believe in yourself, even if it seems like nobody else does. Sure, day to day can become a real grind. But take the time now and then to reflect on the progress you’re making. Be flexible. Be open. And be a friend to yourself!

C4W Member Profile: Mary Helen Condon Moore

February 25, 2011

What is your profession? Senior Vice President-Investments at Merrill Lynch.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I so enjoy my husband and my four children as well as my big Catholic family. Every day is a blessing!

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Years!  Probably 8 years now.

What inspired you to become a member? The Center for Women embraces the interests of all women in our community and being a member allows me to learn, grow, and meet amazing women.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The Center for Women has had a motivating impact on me to help other women as well as learn from other women too.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Being a woman is awesome. Women get to become who they want as the opportunity is there for everyone of us. We can be a friend, a volunteer, a colleague, a daughter, a spouse, a sister,a philanthropist, and my biggest accomplishment, a mother!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? You can do it!  Go make a difference and be a contributing member of society.

C4W Member Profile: Holly Fisher

January 28, 2011

What is your profession? Account executive, Step Ahead Inc., a public relations, social media marketing and Internet marketing firm.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I have a daughter who is almost 3 years old, so “me” time is a luxury, but I enjoy reading, writing, gardening and doing CrossFit with my husband.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Two years

What inspired you to become a member? I had been familiar with the Center for Women for several years and always admired its role in the community as a resource and supporter of women. I joined so I could be a part of that effort.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The sheer variety of programming is terrific, from the annual Women in Business Conference to the Women Writers Forum, I truly appreciate that the Center for Women has a program for every woman in the Charleston area. I also have had the chance to speak at a couple of events and welcomed the opportunity to give back to the organization and to meet other terrific women in the community.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I find as I grow older and, particularly now that I am a mother, women carry an enormous load. We take personally the successes and failures of our children and families. We strive to balance our personal and home life with our career aspirations. We go through each day trying to keep all the balls in the air and beat ourselves up when one hits the ground. Women need to cut themselves some slack and realize that even on the days when we feel defeated, we have accomplished so much – simply by being women who contribute to our communities, our families, our jobs and, from time to time, ourselves.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? You have to be flexible. When I lost my job two years ago, it was devastating. But I knew I had to regroup, refocus and be open to new possibilities. I truly believe women aren’t limited in what they can do as long as they are determined and willing to take a chance. While making a change might be scary, as long as you believe in yourself, you will succeed.

C4W Member Profile: Sara Corbett

December 10, 2010

What is your profession? Public Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I enjoy going to the beach with my son and husband

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? 4 years

What inspired you to become a member? I love the services that Center For Women provides and how it helps the women in our community.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I enjoy knowing that I have helped women in my community achieve their goals.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Being a woman gave me the ability to give birth to my son, there is nothing better in life.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Chase your dreams and don’t ever give up!

C4W Member Profile: Archie Burkel

December 8, 2010

What is your profession? Top Hat of The Hat Ladies (President and Founder)

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Writing, swimming, dining,  being a tourist (in my hometown and elsewhere).

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? 12 years, which equals the length of time I have lived in Charleston.

What inspired you to become a member? It was so long ago and such the right thing to do, I am not sure I can remember.  In all probability, I read about it in Skirt! I was eager to learn all I could about my new town, and Skirt! was THE way to do it.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? It has kept me centered!  There are so many causes to support and challenges to meet, being a member puts them into perspective.  Despite our individual differences and preferences, we are first and foremost women.  The Center is the perfect springboard from which to sort through and handle all that comes our way and to help and network with others, in the process.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Being a woman has not affected me in a negative way. As an educator, I enjoyed the same salary as my male counterparts; as a working Mother I had help with my child rearing and household responsibilities.  I was always able to do what I loved. A long time friend recently said I don’t know the meaning of the word “can’t.”  I am lucky my family, friends, and circumstances never made me learn it!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? With all seriousness, I believe the messages can be pulled out of a hat:  Think outside the (hat) box; do things at the drop of a hat; never hang up your hat; most of all, toss your hat in the ring.  (And read Skirt! and join The Center for Women)!

C4W Member Profile: Sonya Nordquist Altenbach

November 10, 2010

What is your profession? Owner/CEO of C3 Technology, Inc

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Busy taking care of 3 children, ages 6, 4 and 3 mos.  Also sell Arbonne International – Health & Wellness products

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? 8 yrs

What inspired you to become a member? Originally the Brown Bag lunch topics, then I became more involved in their overall mission and started spreading the word to other women, business owners, etc.  It was a great source of networking as well as meeting other women going through similar struggles.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? It has been a great professional and personal group of women to surround myself around.  The advice and knowledge that was shared by other women have been priceless.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Well, living in the South as a Northern Transplant, originally had its own challenges, but the more I surround myself around other Entrepreneurial & Professional Women in the area, it definitely makes things easier!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? The Survivors are the ones who will come out on top. Keep on fighting and don’t give up on your dreams or goals, ever!

What is mom worth?

August 1, 2008


This picture says it all: “I’m torn between wanting to stay at home, and wanting to escape.”

A few moms that I know are doing things differently now. We have more options, or at least I’d like to think so. Some moms give up their careers and/or social lives while others go back to work. Then there are some that do both – maybe work from home while looking after the kids. Let’s not forget about those stay at home dads! Some of us have a choice while most do not. Money plays a huge factor as well. Is daycare or a nanny worth all of the expenses? Should you work from home and take a pay cut or lose benefits? At the same time there are those horrible feelings of guilt with going back to work, or the gut wrenching fear of losing your identity if you don’t. So, you weigh the options – what’s best for you and your family? What if money were not an object?


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