Meet the Most Powerful Moms of 2016
Is there anything these moms can’t do? From actresses and musicians to CEOs and entrepreneurs, the women in Working Mother’s 50 Most Powerful Moms of 2016 have a long list of accomplishments to their name, including mother. Here’s our edit of the top five: Find out their take on what it means to be a mom in 2016.
Who: Sara Blakely is the founder and CEO of Spanx. She is the world’s first female billionaire and has three children.
On Motherhood: Blakely says she “buckets” her time to manage being a mom and running a business. “Because layering becoming a mom, which is a full-time job, on top of another full-time job, there is no manual, and it takes a lot of attention to prioritizing what you want to delegate, what you’re willing to let go of and how you want to spend your time,” she told Success.
Who: Cathy Engelbert is the first female CEO of Deloitte, the largest professional services firm in the U.S. She has two children: Julia, 18, and Tommy, 15.
On Motherhood: “Even clients were looking to see how I balanced it all, so I became more cognizant and made sure they knew when I was leaving,” she told Fortune. “I coached my daughter’s basketball team for four years, for instance, and I was not shy about it. I said when I was leaving for a practice or a game, and they respected that and used to come and say, ‘I’m so glad you were honest with us because I didn’t think I could leave for my daughter’s dance recital, and now I know I can.”
Who: Adele is one of the best-selling record artists in the world, Time magazine’s most influential person in 2016, and mother to a 3-year-old boy, Angelo.
On Motherhood: “I love that my life is now about someone else,” the 28-year-old told Vogue. “[Angelo] makes me very proud of myself. When I became a parent, I felt like I was truly living. I had a purpose, where before I didn’t.”
Who: Adena Friedman started at NASDAQ as an intern and now runs the operations of the $9.5 billion company. She has two children.
On Motherhood: “I really believe that I’ve been a better parent from being a working mother,” she told Fox Business. “I wish I hadn’t been burdened with that amount of guilt for so long. I wish someone had said, It’s okay. It’s a matter of prioritizing your time so that outside of work you are there for the important things.”
Who: Reese Witherspoon is the co-founder of production company Pacific Standard, an Oscar-winning actress, and a mother to Ava, 16; Deacon, 12; and Tennessee, 3.
On Motherhood: “No one feels 100% confident as a parent. We are all just trying our best,” Witherspoon told Cricket’s Circle. “As long as you are always trying to be better at it—reading parenting blogs in the bath, swapping stories with other moms during a yoga class, googling how to talk about puberty with your preteen—you are doing a good job.”
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