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I had to go back to work 5 weeks after having my daughter bc I was running the account. It was way too early. However, I think the damage done AFTER my children were born was tougher on me. The large agency world had no tolerance for a parent, let alone a solo parent. As a female creative leader, I waited to have kids until 36 and 38. So at 40, I had to leave the agency world after 20 years building my career - and my salary was a THIRD of what it was in the advertising. And I was in a great place in my career when I had to leave. Now I want back in. I miss the ad world I grew up in. I’m an ad girl at heart. I’m hoping it will be friendlier to moms. But at least I don’t have toddlers anymore. Sick kids in daycare are not something the ad world wanted to deal with. Hoping it got better over the last five years. I had someone I used to work with who was frustrated with me having to leave occasionally for kid stuff write me and apologize after she had kids. That actually made me feel better about it, but it was the culture that didn’t allow for empathy.

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Agencies should provide an on-site daycare staffed with a couple fulltime caretakers. It would be a net-positive for the agency, because parents wouldn’t have to leave work so early, and it would attract more talent and encourage them to stay. Plus, the friendships that would blossom from the parents who have kids of similar ages at this same daycare would be nice too.

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Heat has 6 months maternity and 4 months paternity.

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The Martin Agency has 3 months leave. Maternity and paternity.

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So does Huge.

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It doesn’t get exponentially better when kids hit school age. Not a lot of after-care services or babysitters will deal with sick kids. To have kids and work in this industry you better have a solid marriage and an extensive support system.

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Some Omnicom agencies like DDB have really bad policies. Ironically, their Global CEO is a Mom.

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Seeing the “3% pledge for pay equity” popping up next to agency names here. Interesting that our Global CEO is a woman and don’t see us on that list. We also have the worst parental leave. 🤔

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Anyone have any intel on Office Of Baby?

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Should I dress up my baby (2 months) in fleece for long flights?

(1 of 2) Help needed... Context: Married with first baby on the way. Plan is for my spouse to stay home with our (future) kids for next few years. My income is $250-300K and keeping it that way for a while as I’ve moved off partner track for at least 2-3 years as we start our family. $120K in retirement accounts, $70K in cash, $50K in home equity, and $6K in HSA Beyond mortgage, only debt is a $25K private loan that we can pay back any time in next 5 yrs. and isn’t accruing interest.

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About sixth months post partum and I am so unbelievably tired all the time. Baby sleeps through the night yet somehow I am exhausted to the point of lying in bed all weekend while...

FTM and first one in my friend’s circle to have a baby. Feeling pretty lost on when to do what. Like when do I sign up for a Lamaze class, and do I even need it. What other classes I need? And is my obgyn going to tell me when to start with the perineal massage. I am not even sure how I know of these terms but what if there is something out there I could do or I need to do and I don’t know about it.

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I feel trapped. We work hard, break glass ceilings, put in all the blood, sweat and tears needed to "make it". Usually twice as fast, with a babe on a hip - cooking, running a call. I'm over 50, solo and a parent & over the rat race. I've been putting out feelers and feeling the over 50 burn. I don't need to lead the world - a small piece would be nice, ok money. Fun people, easy roll, smart work, build smart people - cool teams. I get "you'll be bored here - we can't afford you". What2do?

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I’m in my mid-40s with a 7 year old and baby. Is it too late for me to back into public accounting? I was laid off last year and found a great job in a large bank. I miss the flexibility, challenge and rigor of PA. I would love your opinions. Has the ship sailed for me in PA? If I go back I would be an experienced senior; maybe, a year or so from manager.

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I don't understand the need to drop MOAB (Mother of All Bombs) to take out 30 guys in caves. Wouldn't a surgical strike do ?, feels like a bazooka being used to shoot a pigeon ....

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There is a huge push for our district to install audio and visual cameras to the classrooms. What do you all think?

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Is it normal for pregnancy symptoms to fluctuate so much day by day? Some days I don’t feel pregnant at all and other days I can barely stay awake and am fighting mild to moderate nausea and other discomforts. I wish I could enjoy the symptom free days but they just make me so anxious. Was going to post this to the fertility bowl but most posts there are re: struggling with fertility and getting pregnant & I didn’t want to be insensitive. Hope it’s okay I’m posting here, just want some peace of

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Is there an industry community for agency mothers to connect? Curious to hear what resources you use & communities you‘re part of. Or does your agency have their own mother groups to support you?

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Mothers, how do you keep your life going / live your life for yourself without having all your time sucked up by work and kids? I grew up with a doting stay-at-home mom, so I don’t have many examples of what balanced motherhood looks like. Also, it seems like American society erases your entire identity as a human being beyond “mom” once you have a kid, and I’m not sure how I feel about that. Thinking of having kids someday, but worried I’m too selfish to go for it.

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Any advice on how to hand in my notice to a boss who is on maternity leave? I've had a job offer come to me that is too good to turn down and they need me to start soon.

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The post earlier today about a sick baby and a bad manager hasn't left my mind. Tonight, I found the article linked in the comments. Fellow mamas, don't let this be you. This hit me hard.

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That moment when the call admin mutes your line when your kid starts crying in the background...

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Looking at some condos/townhouses in Gold Coast/Old Town area. Love the neighborhood, but also have to consider elementary schools in the next few years. How is Manierre, the neighborhood school, so bad? I feel like I'll be forced to send my kid to a magnet/private school or live elsewhere.

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14 weeks pregnant here with a 4 year old. I’m so exhausted all the time. I do workout (typically on lunch breaks) and eat fairly healthy. Any tips or tricks on how to keep energy levels up?

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Hi I am pregnant this year. Which health insurance is best for pregnant ladies? Thanks

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Process assurance senior manager (now DAT)- what kind of career pivots could I make with a part time mba from NYU stern for a better salary outlook?

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I want to quit but am kinda scared. I’m a TCII and will hopefully be promoted in May to senior. Any success (or failure) stories about transitioning out of Big 4?

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For those that received a top MBA, looking back at your career would you have rather had an M7 MBA or a T15 MBA that was a half or full ride?

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Any industry Slack groups worth joining?

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COVID vaccine reactions? I got shot 1 of Pfizer on Friday. For me I had a sore arm for two days and was extremely tired. I’d love to hear others who got JnJ or Moderna.

This may sound odd but I want to eventually work at all the big 4. To me it'll be like collecting infinity stones. Once you work at all 4, what crappy super power do you get? Currently 25% of the way there

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90% sure I’m about to be fired for sexual harassment (more detail in comments). Should I resign before I’m fired?

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Uber’s latest commercial is a straight rip of Delta’s Runway spot. Change my mind.

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Hi folks, I’m wish to break into tech sales as marketer. Have got consultative, training and prospecting experience in my own business but need to get back to traditional work. I’m based in Toronto and interviewed with a US SaaS company recently, open to networking with anyone in this area over a virtual hang! If you’re part of any exclusive “women in sales” groups please offer me an invite!

Do MBB hire non-nationals to work in emerging-market offices or do they only transfer existing employees? Would be very interested in talking to a Westerner who’s done this. Am US-based now, but with lots of international experience + language skills, thinking of switching things up.

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What is expected compensation for a 3rd year Director in New York in Accounting Advisory across Big 4?

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For people who start a new job in the remote environment, where’d you start and how was it? Easier than before, about the same, or more difficult?

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With the possibility of schools closing, does anyone have a recommendation for a classroom alternative? Either on-line, or a good home schooling program?

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Interviewed for an exec position with a small company and in the convo with the CEO (whom I would be replacing), she said "you're very young and there seems to be an issue with young people and work ethic." How do you respond to this?

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People in luxury buildings - do you also give a holiday gift to the rest of the staff? I’m mainly talking the people who may come in to fix things or for example the guy who mops the lobby every few days?

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Which of the big 4 + ACN pay the most for SAP?

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We're thinking of rolling out a weight loss competition company wide as part of our Health and Wellness month. Has anyone done something like this at their company and if so, is there an app that you recommend using? We want to keep people's actual weight loss amount confidential - we would love something that would record their percentage lost instead! Thanks in advance for any tips!

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