Let’s face it: in the tech world, motherhood is often viewed as something undesirable. Many employers and professional women think that having children will distract them from work, decrease their productivity and make them less effective leaders. But what if the opposite is true? What if working moms actually make some of the very best entrepreneurs, investors and employees?
This is the opinion of Sarah Lacy, a Silicon Valley tech journalist turned entrepreneur. After writing and editorial stints at TechCrunch and Businessweek, Lacy launched Pando, a web publication offering analysis and commentary on the Bay Area tech community, in 2012. She’s also the author of three books focusing on tech and entrepreneurship. Her most recent title, A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug, focuses on empowering professional women and proving through cold, hard data that working moms are often better at their jobs than their childless peers.
Lacy dropped by the Powderkeg office in Indianapolis, IN for this candid and inspiring interview. During our conversation, she shares her thoughts on the importance of good role models, evidence that working moms are some of the best people you can hire or invest in, and strategies for getting and keeping them on your team. She also shares some exciting behind-the-scenes info on her latest company, Chairman Mom, a guilt-free, judgment-free, troll-free community for professional women and moms.
In this episode with Sarah Lacy, you’ll learn:
- How good role models inspire people to live up to their full potential (3:20)
- Why Millennial women will be instrumental in driving workplace gender reform (13:45)
- Research that proves working mothers actually outperform their peers (19:34)
- Strategies for attracting working moms to your team and making them feel valued (28:00)
- About Chairman Mom and its mission to support and empower women professionals (35:07)
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Quotes from this episode of Powderkeg:
“We want to turn the shame of working motherhood into something that’s amazing and badass. Because why isn’t it?” — @sarahcuda on @PowderkegCo
“A lot of us feel like we have to leave part of ourselves at the door when we come into the office, and that really constricts your ability to creatively solve problems.” — @sarahcuda on @PowderkegCo
“Every single business school, every single consultancy, everyone you can think of has studies that prove inclusive workforces just perform better. It’s not even up for debate right now.” — @sarahcuda on @PowderkegC0
“Everyone has someone who views them as a role model. And the choices you make as a role model a lot of times give people permission to be who they want to be.” — @sarahcuda on @PowderkegCo
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Sarah Lacy (@sarahcuda)
Meg Whitman (@MegWhitman)
Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina)
Sheryl Sandberg (@sherylsandberg)
Lynn Jurich (@LynnJurich)
Katrina Lake (@kmlake)
Susan Fowler (@susanthesquark)
Amy Errett (@AmyErrett)
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