Being a working mom isn’t easy. You’ve got to deal with persnickety personalities, restrictions on screen time, sudden tantrums and late-night homework. And that’s just at the office.
The winners of the She Runs It 2019 Working Mothers of the Year Awards know that balance can be more of a pipedream than a reality. But they have the commitment, sacrifice and passion to do what it takes to be successful at home, at the office and in their communities.
Each year, She Runs It honors women who have achieved outstanding business results while also serving as strong role models or mentors at work, at home and within their communities. This year’s 22 honorees—along with three “best companies for working families”—will be celebrated on February 28 at a luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.
And check out the following profiles for their answers and insights on how they make the most of their hectic lives.
VP, Business Operations
Runeari has dedicated her nine-year career to helping address the cleanliness challenges in digital advertising. She listens to the needs of the world’s largest advertisers and publishers and helps them exceed their brand goals.
How motherhood helps her succeed at work: “Being a type-A, cannot-fail-under-any-circumstances personality has its peaks and valleys, but through motherhood, I’ve managed to understand that balance in all aspects of life brings out the best in me as an employee.”
The difference between being a manager at work and at home: “I’m a mom at work and a mom at home. I’ve had the amazing experience to share in the highest of highs and lowest of lows with my coworkers, just like I do at home.”
Her must-have working parent app: “Spotify. The piano (no lyrics) station is game changing both in parenting and work to keep things Zen.”
Executive Creative Director
Trained as an industrial designer and passionate about innovation, Huni has held creative leadership roles at Grey NY, McCann, R/GA (London) and Publicis (Paris).
How work success helps her succeed at motherhood: “I am not built to be a stay-at-home mom. My success at work, even if draining, brings a fulfilled mother back home.”
Best piece of work advice from her kids: “’Listen to me’ is something that my kids often tell me, because I like to take the lead and decide what I think is best for them [and it] isn’t always true.”
Judgement-free zone: “I really respect women who decide not to have kids. I would love for us to be more supportive and less judge-y of one another.”
SVP, Managing Director – J3 Studio
J3 UM Worldwide
Over a decade ago, Gorecki built and helped launch the branded content practice within UM & J3. Today, she leads the J3 Studios operation across the entire Johnson & Johnson portfolio.
The working parent misconception that she’d like to go away: “The biggest misconception is that working parents don’t work as hard as non-parents in the workplace. Given flexible work schedules, non-parents sometimes perceive that work ends if you’re not sitting at your desk, which couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Her must-have working parent app: “Amazon. It lets me purchase anything I need for my family on-the-go.”
Showing how it’s done: “I’ve been privileged to be surrounded by strong working mom role models that gave me the tools and flexibility to thrive as a working mother myself. As leaders, we need to advocate for keeping women in the workplace, while helping them achieve their career and family goals.”
Head of Diversity & Cross-Cultural Marketing