Fairygodboss was born.
It was a busy time. I was a mother of a 15 month old, pregnant with my second child and looking for a new job after a corporate reorganization. I felt confident in my job search because I was proud of the career I had built. I’d been a corporate lawyer, worked as an investment professional on Wall Street, and also managed a large P&L (hundreds of millions of dollars) as a senior executive. To my surprise, I found that I was nevertheless facing similar issues to those of a new college grad.
From the outside, its always hard to figure out whether a company or job is a good fit, and what its really like to work there. And if you don’t know that, you won’t have a good sense of whether you’ll be happy or successful there. Taking any job is a big bet and I realized that getting the inside scoop on companies and industries was a big part of why I had been successful in my career. I couldn’t have done as well without a lot of help and advice along the way.
So I stopped looking for a job and decided to take on the job of trying to help professional women make better career decisions.
Why women? Well, I like women. Especially hard-working, strong, determined women. Some even might call me a feminist. I think despite the world generally being full of well-intentioned people, women face unique social, cultural and institutional challenges in their careers.
I hope Fairygodboss helps make the life of every working woman just a little bit easier. And eventually I hope that translates into more women doing what they really want to do at the highest levels.