Vennette Ho, managing director, global head of beauty and personal care, Financo Raymond James
Mother to Dylan, 11, and Kira, 7
My mother taught me to see a world without limits, and to think about every problem as having a solution. This is an incredibly valuable mind-set in investment banking, as a huge part of this job is about solving complicated problems! She loves the word “tenacity” — and it’s a key part of being successful in any business.
Sarah Curtis Henry, chief marketing officer, Tatcha
Mother to RJ, 5
Being a mother has enabled me to break up with the idea of control, both in life and in business. I can guide my son and attempt to plan his every move, but ultimately forces beyond my control, including his own free will and the ever-changing world around us, will influence the outcome and who he will become. This holds true in business. I can plan down to the nth degree, but disruption is a constant and fluidity is critical. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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Charlotte Cho, founder, Soko Glam
Mother to Kennedy, 5 1/2 months
The concept of ‘Leaning In’ is great in theory, hard in execution. Motherhood is extremely complex and difficult, and sometimes, something’s gotta give. Oftentimes you’ll feel like you’re not at your best in either role. Motherhood has changed me in that I am forced to work more efficiently and learn how to prioritize better. Lastly, motherhood (and the pandemic, for that matter) has helped me be more empathetic to those around me who are also juggling a dual role as a caretaker, because life happens!
Lauren Brindley, group vice president, Walgreens
Mother to Austin, 10; Sebastian, 8, and Jasper, 1.
Being a mum to three wonderful young sons all with different personalities, different ages, different needs and desires…means I am constantly on my toes. Being a parent is the greatest learning curve you will ever face and that learning never ends. I love that.
My children have taught me to look forward, constantly assess the changing environment and adapt my approach to achieve the most successful outcome. They’ve also taught me to enjoy the journey…the exploration…the innovation…and to have lots of fun along the way. My life is certainly full both professionally and personally and I wouldn’t change a thing.
Erica Culpepper, general manager, L’Oréal USA
Mother to Jabril, 23, and Jalil, 17
Being a mom taught me the art of designing a life, a family, a team and a business that I would want to be a part of. I learned to bring my own sunshine, and to focus on the task at hand for us, and not worry about what everyone else is doing.
Amy Gordinier, founder and CEO, Skinfix
Mother to Izzie, 17, and Will, 15
Being a mom has taught me to pay more attention to what I can learn from every person on the team — regardless of their business experience or tenure. Kids arrive in this world with wisdom and gifts. I’m constantly learning from my children — they help me grow and follow my purpose. In the same way, I constantly learn profound lessons from my team about things like managing people, effective communication, culture, partnership, balance and grace.