Tasked with the mission to answer the question" Can Women Have It All?" a distinguished panel of professional women gathered at the City Club Tuesday, August 12th. Moderated by President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Cleveland YWCA, Barbara Danforth the group was made up of women considered to be a success in both their personal and business life.
Caprice Bragg leads the development team of the Cleveland Foundation, the nation's third-largest community foundation with assets of $1.9 billion.
Cindy Einhouse, president and CEO of the Beck Center for the Arts, previously managed significant capital campaigns for the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Clinic, and Playhouse Square.
The women all seemed to agree that the key word is "balance" and making things work for you without regard to stereotypical concepts. Serving "breakfast for dinner" was a recurring, and well-understood theme. Ms. Oliver stated "It is essential that you reference balance to a point in time… It is not permanent."
As Jennifer Thomas explained it is also about choosing well. First, in choosing a spouse that understands the importance of your work outside of the home and then also in choosing an employer that "gets it" and will allow you to leave early for a recital or ball game, knowing full well you are the type of employee who will more than compensate later.
Although there were no "OH! That's how you do it!" moments, it was an interesting discussion and an opportunity for working mothers to commiserate and feel a little less alone.