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Baby Shower Gift Idea

February 5, 2011

Ladies,

Are you looking for an original and one-of-kind baby-shower gift ???

Well I have found it. I saw it today and immediately thought I had to share it with you.

A book you can get on Amazon called “Porn for New Moms”

Okay, it’s not really porn. Every page has a cute guy saying something that every new mom finds attractive 🙂

And at $12, it’s a great gift that’s sure to get passed around.

Enjoy !

Things To Do on a Snow Day … or the things I have learned from my children!

February 3, 2011

Wednesday was Chicago’s first snow day since 1999 and we all got to stay home with our kids.

At the end of the day, I thought about what a fun day it had been. Not a day of rest… I am one of those mothers who believe staying home with the kids can be way more tiring than going to work… but a fun day nonetheless!!

And as I started counting my favorite things about the day, I realized how much I had learned from my children.

Read more…

Balancing motherhood and a career (published in the ChiBus)

November 15, 2010

Balancing motherhood and a career

By Gila Tolub ‘11

Do you know what is the fastest growing segment of the US workforce today?

Mothers!

And because we know Chicago Booth students like numbers, here are some!

  • The number of mothers in the workplace has increased by 80% over the last 20 years
  • 70% of mothers with kids under three-years-old worked full time in 2008, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Twenty-six million working mothers contribute greatly to America, representing many of this country’s most highly educated workers since women account for the majority of students in colleges and graduate schools

But being a mother in the workplace is not easy! The numbers show that being a mother while maintaining a career is more frequent but that does not mean it is simple… and we have more numbers for you!

  • Having children is very expensive…. Not only because of the diapers! Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director of MomsRising.org, explains that women without kids make 90 cents to a man’s dollar, while married moms make 73 cents to a man’s dollar and single moms make about 60 cents to a man’s dollar!
  • What does the U.S. have in common with Swaziland, Papua New Guinea, Lesotho and Liberia? These are the only FIVE countries with no guaranteed paid maternity leave policy…!
  • In the U.S., the percentage of people in favor of moms working full time dropped to 38% down from 51% in 1994 according to a Cambridge University research in 2008

This is why, this year, Mothers@Booth (M@B) decided to organize a series of panel sessions on the topic.

We have invited mothers from firms such as Accenture, American Express, Bain, BCG, Walmart, Wrigley, McKinsey and MillerCoors. Karen Parkhill, CFO of Commercial Banking at JP Morgan Chase will also be there! The main objective is for these mothers to share their experience, lifestyle, and the challenges they have faced as they have tried to balance motherhood and a career. We hope to show how they made it work: the support system they had in place (supportive husbands, dedicated grandparents or exceptional nannies) and the ways in which the firm they work for support mothers within the company (supportive management, flextime, telecommuting, time-off policies, etc.).

By hearing mothers from different backgrounds, industries, and firms who have found ways to balance a career and a family, we hope to show students there isn’t one magic recipe. But it is possible and there is an array of possible solutions; each mother should find the one that is right for her!

We also wanted to give a shout-out and congratulate three of the Class of 2011 M@B members! Besides keeping up with deadlines and homework, taking the time to study and attend endless study groups, putting effort into creating a polished paper, attending a few student-events and parties, networking and recruiting – and everything business-school students are busy with – these ladies started their second-year with a major additional responsibility: a child!

Lindsay Winn gave birth to Knox Henry Winn on July 14th, our very own M@B co-chair Dena Koren gave birth to Maya Jordan Koren, on July 15th and Jovanne Johnson Smith gave birth to Jonavan Andre Smith on August 9th. Dena and Lindsay ended up in the hospital together and sent a great snapshot.

Don’t forget to congratulate them!

Taking a lesson from Mom

November 11, 2010

Yesterday’s panel got a shout out on the Career Services’ blog!

Taking a lesson from Mom by Wayland Lum (via the Career Services Blog)

Today over the lunch hour I had the chance to attend an unlikely event for a guy. Mothers at Booth (or the stylish short-hand M@B) held an excellent event – “How do you juggle it all?” A panel of accomplished moms working at McKinsey, AMEX and Wrigley shared their experiences doing precisely that – juggling it all and doing it quite successfully. While the audience for this panel was (perhaps no surprise) exclusively women, any Booth student could have taken away valuable lessons from these working moms. To excel in a demanding MBA-level job, be a supportive partner/spouse and raise kids is a tall order, but these women found ways to make it work, and work well. The women on the panel spoke of how they planned and prioritized, understood the roles that they played, actively managed their careers and how they weren’t afraid to ask for help – all things that any MBA student, regardless of gender, could take a lesson or two from. So, if you don’t have kids or don’t plan to, still think about your classmates who are parents, especially those moms who, like you, are taking on the rigors of the Booth experience and at the same time raising a family. If you wonder how they’re doing it, just ask…And take a lesson from Mom.

How do you juggle it all?

October 20, 2010



Would being pregnant make me a less attractive candidate for full-time employment?

October 11, 2010

M@B is excited to kick off the 2010-2011 school year with a new post to continue our series on current students who are successfully juggling work/school and motherhood! Today’s post was written by Natalie Mindrum, Class of 2011. She is expecting her first child for December and has just started her second year at Booth.

Read more…

2010 Working Mother 100 Best Companies

October 11, 2010

If you are a working mother, you know how important it is to have an understanding boss and an accommodating company. Between shuffling sick kids from school and getting dinner on the table, life as an employed mom can certainly be hectic (even with the help of a stellar spouse)!

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However, there are lots of businesses out there that truly care about the welfare of their employees, especially where family-friendly benefits are concerned. Whether it’s providing excellent time-off options or great networking opportunities, women at these firms definitely feel like their needs are being met.

Working Mother magazine has just published the 2010 rankings. All companies listed offer programs that help all employees with their struggles to gain some work-life balance.

Check if your employer or future employer has made the list at http://www.workingmother.com/BestCompanies/ and let us know what you think of this rating!!