Magazine article Working Mother

Perception and Possibility

Magazine article Working Mother

Perception and Possibility

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Rhonda Robinson

Director, Healthcare Management Shared Services

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Newark, NJ

Mom of Gary Jr., 15, Hailey, 13, and Tori, 8

The misconception that I face most is the thought that black women are passive, that we don't have the desire to excel or succeed in our careers. You're taught to humble yourself and be respectful and reverent. You bring that to work, and your expectation is people will recognize that you're doing your job. I may have missed opportunities because I didn't raise my hand and say, "I'd really like to be part of this project" or "I think this would be a fantastic role for me." I'm the president of the women's affinity group at Horizon, and one of the most important goals is teaching not just black women but women period that it's OK to toot your own horn.

Calline Kris Sanchez

Vice President, Enterprise Storage

IBM

Tucson, AZ

Mom of Lena, 5

Whenever I have felt impatient with my progress professionally, I have reminded myself that advancement goes hand in hand with performance. So I focus on growing skills and expertise to achieve more. I also take on challenging positions that confirm my commitment to growing the business. I work to keep my travel to weekdays to maintain family time on weekends. Working full-time sometimes made me question whether I was being a good mother, until one day about a year ago when my daughter, Lena, told me she wanted to be like me when she grew up. That made me very proud.

Fama Francisco

President, Global Feminine Care

Procter & Gamble

Cincinnati, OH

Mom of four kids

I am a soft-spoken, introverted Asian female and a mother of four. In a different setting, this could mean being perceived as a less effective leader. I have never experienced that at P&G. Throughout my career, I've demonstrated that you can be a demanding leader on the business side and an equally compassionate leader to your employees, while being true to who you are. …

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