Company president apologizes to moms she's worked with

The eye rolls, the condescending looks and all the judging. A female president apologizes to moms for thinking they weren't committed to their job.



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“I secretly rolled my eyes at a mother who couldn’t make it to last minute drinks with me and my team. I questioned her ‘commitment’ even though she arrived two hours earlier to work than me and my hungover colleagues the next day.” That’s just one of the things Katharine Zaleski, president of PowerToFly, is apologizing to moms for.

Katharine is a new mom and has written a powerful letter apologizing for all her infractions against her former co-workers. She’s sorry she didn’t defend them when male bosses questioned their work ethic. She regrets all those 4:30 p.m. meetings she scheduled when moms had to rush off to get their kids.

Now that she’s a mom, she’s realized what a balancing act motherhood is. And how unfair she was to her fellow working moms.

It’d be easy to judge Katharine for her list of former infractions. But let’s be honest: You too probably had at least some of those thoughts run through your head in your pre-mom days.

Instead of perpetuating judgemental attitudes, we should welcome Katharine to the moms club–after all, she’s realized moms are the best people to have on your team.

“I wish I had known five years ago, as a young, childless manager, that mothers are the people you need on your team,” she wrote. “There’s a saying that ‘if you want something done then ask a busy person to do it.’ That’s exactly why I like working with mothers now.” Hear, hear!

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