Senior Manager, Edelman
Sara is a Senior Manager at Edelman, a powerhouse PR firm. She lives in Chicago with her son and husband. Sara also writes a great and often entertaining blog at selfmademom.net (her blog's tagline is I'm just middle management at work, but I'm the CEO at home.) Sara's down-to-earth take on being a professional moms is refreshing and she has given us a very creative idea of what to ask for for Mother's Day - a live-in manicurist!
Can you tell us a little bit about your job – what does it entail, how long have you been in this industry and position?
I consult companies to help them improve their communications to their employees. Think of it as “internal PR.” I build programs to enhance an employees’ experience within his/her organization – whether it be during good times or bad. I’ve been doing this for about 10 years and at Edelman for 3.
Can you briefly describe your usual day?
Well, in the consulting world, every day is different. Some days I’m traveling onsite to clients, some days I’m at my desk, but it varies completely week by week. That’s part of the fun- I never get bored. I also work part-time, so my weekdays are really different than most working moms.
Best thing about your job: The people
Most challenging thing about your job: The unpredictability and travel
What is your childcare arrangement and how happy are you with it?
I have a nanny who comes to our home. I love her, she loves my son, and it’s really working out. I’m on nanny #2, so I learned a lot from my first experience.
If you have a spouse or a partner, what does he do? How do you split up your domestic duties? (e.g., who does morning routine, bath time, daycare/school drop off, etc)
My husband is an attorney so he works very long hours. I am mainly in charge of child care needs, although if he makes it home in time for my son’s bedtime, he will bathe and put him to bed.
What is, for you, the most challenging aspect of being a professional mom? What is your favorite part about it?
The most challenging aspect is getting home in time to put my son to bed. I always find myself running around at the end of each day trying to tie up all loose ends.