Mothers are always at work, whether they get a paycheck or not. No matter what, we always try to balance our careers with motherhood. So, let’s talk about mothers in tech who know how to simultaneously rock their careers and motherhood.
Julia Hartz is a co-founder of Eventbrite, a tech startup based in San Francisco that aims at event marketing. This is an online service that helps organize, promote and sell tickets. The company grossed over $2 billion during the first year. Julia managed to create a successful company and be an amazing mom, too. She has two children and she says that when she learned how to prioritize and accept other’s help, she could win the battle between motherhood and business.
Sheryl Sandberg is an author of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, a best-selling book about how women should pursue their dreams and don’t listen when others say we can’t do. She is also the author of Encourage girls to lead and Ban bossy.
As a mother of two, Sheryl says she gets asked about how she does everything all the time. And she says that every woman can find a balance between careers and motherhood. She is the high-powered woman in tech who shares her parenting responsibilities with her husband. She says that the husband does 50% of parenting duties which we really like.
In 1997, recently divorced Lisa Stone and her little son decided to start a new life. Lisa started to work for CNN and followed a flexible schedule. She was one of the first journalists who believed in the power of online media and started to create online content for females.
She says that people didn’t understand what her job was about. She says no one believed that a single mom can go online and be successful. And then she became the first online journalist awarded with Nieman Fellowship. Then, she became a vice-president of Women.com. In 2005, she became a CEO of BlogHer.com, the biggest online community for women.
When people ask her how she manages motherhood and career, she says that balance is key. She has a schedule and when she is at home, she chooses not to do other things than being with her family.
Mariam Naficy is a Yelp board member and serial entrepreneur. She is also a mother of two and a co-founder of Minted.com. Her company rose over $50 million in venture and employs 70 people. Her company is committed to improving welfare and wellbeing of mothers, donating to Every Mother Counts and striving to reduce pregnancy deaths in the world.
Mariam Naficy said that women take more risks in their professional life than men. She also said that they have to choose between work and children and find balance in their life. She added that once you find that balance, everything becomes easier and you are able to make stronger career choices.
As a mother of two, she could have stayed home and raised children. But she decided to take risks, founded a company and then successfully sold it which opened many opportunities. She was able to make great contacts and became a successful entrepreneur.
We hope these women inspire you to have it all and pursue your dreams. Have you already found the balance between your career and motherhood? Share your tips and tricks in the comment section!