World's most powerful mums in tech share how they manage work-life balance
Check out these 10 mummies who rule both the household and the world's technology industry. How do these mothers in technology manage to do it all?
Most powerful mums in technology
Chua Sock Koong, Group CEO, SingTel
In an interview with the Straits Times, Chua shared that she believed that the future is bright for women who work hard. She however highlighted that. "women should also recognise that they may need to prioritise what they want to do at different stages of life." Chua herself left a job which required heavy travel, to join SingTel, so that she could spend more time with her 2 children.
Dong Mingzhu, Chairwoman and President of Gree Electric Appliances Inc.
In an interview with New York Times, she shared, "People say I neglected (my son) for my career...what they don’t know is that when he was small, I carried him everywhere. He was with me sometimes 24 hours a day in those early years."
"Having children is an additional hardship that women have and men don’t," she said, adding: "Not everyone has the chance to experience this hardship. I was very happy."
Cher Wang, CEO & Co founder of HTC
When Wang started HTC, her kids were just babies so she would usually bring them along with her to work. If had to go on a business trip, she would bring her kids along and make them stay in the hotel with her mother or a nanny.
She says in an interview with Marie Clare, "It’s very important to have that support network. It can be hard work getting the balance right, but it’s something that people have got to get used to."
Marissa Mayer, Yahoo!’s CEO & President
In a 2013 interview with Today, Mayer shared, "it does take a lot of focus (juggling being CEO and a new mum), you need to make sure you are really prioritizing. There is not a lot of room for anything else."
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
In a video for Makers.com, Sandberg shared "I walk out of this office every day at 5:30 so I'm home for dinner with my kids at 6." To make up for ducking out early, she would "send emails to colleagues late at night and early in the morning as proof" that she was still giving her all to work.
Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube
Wojcicki believes that having children makes her better at her job. She says that, "having the sum of both of those things going on in my life makes me a better mom at the end of the day, and I think it gives me really important perspectives in the workplace as well."
Anne Wojcicki, Founder & CEO, 23andMe;
In an interview with Genetics journal, Plos, Wojcicki shares, " I definitely set boundaries for when I get to see the kids. I try to spend at least one day a week where I volunteer in the school, and I encourage others to do that too. It makes a world of difference, and then it doesn’t really matter if I say, "I can’t see you for two days" because I came to school that one day."
People here at the office definitely take that children time—when you pick up your kids, you’re with your family for dinner, you put the kids to bed—and then people are very active online afterwards. There is a prolific amount of email after 10 p.m.
Julie Larson-Green, Chief Experience Officer, Microsoft
"There’s no such thing as work-life balance. There’s only life," shares Larson in an interview with Wall Street Journal. She advices her team to look at their careers as a long arc—no single moment is make or break, so they can take a six-month maternity leave or, in the case of a male employee whose children travel the country to play soccer, take Fridays off much of the year.
Katie Jacobs Stanton, VP, Global Media, Twitter
In an interview with NPR news, Stanton recounted an incident that had happened when she got home from work, "We've had a really intense week at Twitter, which is great and it's sterling, but it's meant that I've come home from work late every night. And last night, I got back. And my daughter said, well, mom, I owe three dozen cookies, homemade - and they have to be homemade. And we need to bring them in tomorrow.
And it was about 8:30 p.m. I thought, oh, my God. I felt so bad. And, you know, there's nothing that a quick batch of Toll House can't solve. So that seemed to work out OK. So you have to take, you know, each day in stride and enjoy what you have."
Meg Whitman, CEO of HP
In an interview with Makers she shared, "I don't know if I can be the perfect CEO, the perfect wife, the perfect mother, the perfect hostess, and have my house look fabulous all the time. That's a lot for one person. And finally, I sort of gave up the notion that I could be perfect at all those things. I told myself I was going to focus on the children, my husband and my job and everything else would have to go. You just have to figure out what is most important, what you are good at and what you can let go off. That's the only way to manage all of this."
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