Balancing Motherhood & Career
From Yale to Managing Director of a leading tech platform: My guest, Hala Siraj, shares her story and insights on the joys and challenges of being a working mother
in a world that expects "Women to work like they don't have children, and raise children as if they don't work" which is a recipe for Mommy guilt.
Discussed in this episode:
- Growing up in a household where both parents worked and had high expectations for their daughter's career (2:00)
- The importance of having a support system when balancing motherhood and career, and letting go of the need to be perfect (5:30)
- Overcoming the struggle for perfection by using the "different people in the front seat of the car" analogy (11:15)
- Finding comfort in knowing that other successful women also struggle (14:30)
- Being a role model for her daughters and finding purpose in her work (16:45)
- Opinions on co-parenting and the challenges of balancing responsibilities (19:00)
- Experiencing guilt and pressure to fulfill the expectation of being a "perfect" mother, can cause Hala to stay up all night after missing a playdate to exercise (21:40)
- How Hala's previous job in investment banking prepared her for her current role (25:45)
- Dealing with doubts and stereotypes as a young female managing director (30:30)
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