The odds of success are stacked high against working mothers while overcoming bias from colleagues who openly think mothers have no value to add to the business. We have to work harder and longer to prove our smarts.

As a mom, we miss out on networking opportunities after work as we rush to pickup kiddos from childcare as serious penalties if late; Employers and childless colleagues fail to understand the importance of having a place to pump milk and store it; no a restroom doesn’t cut it nor does a refrigerator next to your co-workers sandwich. How many buildings in the US even offer a place to pump milk?

We are cranky from sleepless nights… day night reversal is real and fevers always seem to spike at midnight. I have had more than my share of urgent care visits.

Babysitters bail on us and how can we forget that babies are nothing more than a giant Petri dish during the first years of life.. requiring countless doctor appointments. Throw in the appointments necessary for children with special needs in the mix and career advancement is near impossible. It takes all you have to hold down a job… Not everyone is fortunate to have family to lean on.

Not all employers all flexible with PTO. I used to burn through time off not for vacation but to take care of my beautiful boys. If you work for a small business with less than 50 employees, you don’t even qualify for FMLA…and worst of all, the ignorance shown by colleagues and managers alike who treat mothers like they have no value to add to the business.

During my boys’ early years, I was fortunate to land a job with a leader who understood these struggles… and truly embraced my boys; we had countless dinners with my boss; he spent hours conversing with my oldest about why Pluto was not a planet and other topics of interest. And let’s not forget he was a board member of the $64 Billion dollar business we were a part of. I recognize today just how extraordinary this person is; he is one in a million when it comes to servant leadership. How many people at his level, men or women, would go through such lengths to ensure everyone felt part of the team? He set the tone for our organization. Most moms will never be this lucky in the workforce.

Yes. The struggle is real for working moms.


  • Ilana Frenkel Kearns

    Strategic Business Operations and Communications Leader Connecting the Dots to Drive Process Improvement and Organizational Success | Chief of Staff


    With over a decade serving alongside top executives at global Fortune 500 and privately held companies as their trusted business partner and advisor, I provide strategic support for all operational efforts to relieve them of administrative functions, allow them to focus on strategic and tactical responsibilities, and achieve key business outcomes. The following are highlights of the value I’ve brought to organizations: Developed and lead and partnered with C-level executives to design and execute company-wide strategic initiatives, including working with department leaders to define, manage, and track their priorities. On-dollar projects, including new space build-outs, flagship events, and multiple-day offsite events to create team cohesion. Researched, prepared, and coordinated corporate communications and marketing programs to build awareness, and collaborated closely with internal and external partners to drive unmatched results. Guided companies towards increasingly sophisticated and effective use of technology, including effective remote work at the onset of COVID-19. Collaborated to produce and write articles, blogs, social media posts, and communications to build both professional and personal brands, increased partnerships, and boost revenue. Served as a Community Relations Strategy Leader for a multi-million-dollar corporation building relationships with 10+ unique nonprofits across the city of Atlanta and galvanizing volunteerism, sustainability, and people-driven community service. Reach out and connect with me here on LinkedIn so we can discuss the challenges you face with managing daily operations. I’d love to show you how I can lend my expertise to help solve them. Strategic Planning | Risk Management and Mitigation | Cross-Functional Leadership | Stakeholder Engagement | Corporate Communications | Project Management | Meeting and Event Management| Policy and Procedure Management | Collaborative Leadership | Workplace Culture | Resource Optimization | Conflict Resolution | Transparent Communications | Business Case Writing | Corporate Social Responsibility | Inclusion and Diversity