Career Day: International Development

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? I’m Jana Prins Kala, originally from Southern California. I now live in the distant suburbs of Washington, DC. I met my husband about a year after moving to DC. He’s from Virginia, and at the time we met, he worked with his father as a […]

Career Day: Internal Medicine Physician

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? I am a 44-year-old mother of five daughters living in East Texas, where I also grew up. I am an internal medicine physician (basically a doctor for adults). I see elderly patients in nursing homes and also terminally ill patients in their homes for a […]

Choosing to be Brave

Packard family photos by http://brookeschultzphotography.com/ by Anna Packard No one told me how much bravery would be required to become a parent. I also never realized the bravery required to navigate the messy world of being a working mom until it became my life. I feel like I am currently in the working mom’s trenches. I […]

Career Day: Economist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Martha Stinson and I live in Alexandria, Virginia, right outside Washington, D.C.   I have a Ph.D. in economics and work for the U.S. Census Bureau, helping to collect, analyze, and distribute data about households in the United States. What does your job […]

More Tips on Working (outside the home) While Having a Young Family

Image credit: Doug Shall by Kris Tina Carlston Following up on last month’s post regarding working outside the home, I was thrilled with some of the comments and suggestions presented by several readers. Because I enjoyed the discussion so much, this month I wanted to provide a part II and discuss some of the ideas […]

Finding Encouragement & Inspiration from Madeleine Albright

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and one of her daughters, Alice Albright, at the White House for a state dinner in 2011. Image source: Brendan Smialowski by Heidi Doxey A few weeks ago former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spoke to a standing-room only audience and I had the opportunity to crowd […]

Compelled

World War II, women working at D. & R.G.W. train yards, Dec., 1943, Salt Lake City. Image credit: Utah State Historical Society by Hadley Duncan Howard I am very, very tired. After a demanding day in the office (or otherwise), occasionally I genuinely struggle to remain vertical so as to accomplish one more vital task of homekeeping […]

Five Tips on Working (outside of the home) While Having a Young Family

Image credit: Takuma Mikura by Kris Tina Carlston Dear Sister MBA Esquire: Do you have any tips on working while having a young family? I was an aunt for 14 years before giving birth to my now two-year-old son, Henry. I was a professional aunt. I took my job very, very seriously. I attended every […]

Career Day: Actor

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? Hi there! I am Andrea Daveline from American Fork, Utah. I was born and raised in Utah and had never really traveled outside of that great state until I married my husband 8 years ago. We are living in New York City with our young […]

Tips for Staying Professionally Relevant While At Home

Image credit: sean dreilinger by Shannon Ellis After finishing my degree in physical education, I spent a year teaching high school. And then, even though I had never planned on becoming a college coach, I was a graduate assistant volleyball coach for the two years I pursued a master’s degree. Later, I was hired as […]

Career Day: Labor and Delivery Nurse

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Erin Flint. I’m in my mid-thirties living the dream in Davis County. I’m married to my wonderful high school sweetheart, and we have three beautiful children that we adore and keep us very busy. I also am lucky to be able to […]

From the Archives: Marie Hafen’s “Celebrating Womanhood”

Image credit: Kara Harms by Naomi Watkins While searching lds.org for articles on women and education, I found Marie Hafen’s devotional address at the then Rick’s College Women’s Week entitled “Celebrating Womanhood” given in March 1990. Given the devotional’s title, I admit that I had a few reservations prior to reading. But rather than finding […]

Career Day: Law Professor

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Mehrsa Baradaran and I grew up in New York, but immigrated to America from Iran when I was nine. I went to BYU undergrad and NYU Law School. After practicing law for a few years, I taught at BYU Law School, and […]

But What About the Children?

Image credit: “Children at Play” | Johan Krouthén, 1919 by Nan Many years ago my husband and I made the decision for him to go to graduate school. We had two young children at the time and would move 1200 miles to make it happen. I had a teaching degree and we decided that during […]

Career Day: Genealogist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Sherry, and I’m a professional genealogist. I grew up around Dallas, Texas, but I’ve lived in Utah pretty much exclusively since arriving at Brigham Young University in 2003. I received a Bachelor’s in Family History/Genealogy in 2007. I have a husband and […]

Podcast #3: Returning to School After a Hiatus

Naomi speaks to Gay Lynn Smith and Gloria Johnson, both women who pursued and completed degrees after some time away from the classroom. They share their experiences, stories, motivations, and advice about overcoming the fears and challenges of returning to school and graduating later in their lives. Dr. Gay Lynn P. Smith, serves as the […]

The Intellectual LDS Mother

Image Credit: “Family Group Reading,” Mary Cassatt, 1901. by Tiffany Gee Lewis A few years back, I was having one of those deep and meaningful life discussions with my husband. He asked me, “How has our marriage been for you? Is it what you thought it would be?” I responded truthfully, “It’s been wonderful but…I thought […]

Stuck Like Glue

by Nan Some conversations stick with you. And not in the delightful way that great food sticks to your ribs. More like superglue that irritates your skin and is impossible to remove. Five years ago I was struggling with all the things a young mother wrestles with. The demands of my three young sons seemed […]

Work and Motherhood–Not Incompatible!

by Kaylie Astin I have always believed that the work of mothers matters. When I heard leaders of the LDS faith talk about the value of mothers staying home, I believed that’s what I was supposed to do. After I had my first baby, I quit everything. I couldn’t imagine going to the grocery store, […]

Career Day: Clinical Psychology

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Anna Packard. I am a licensed clinical psychologist. I am from Phoenix, Arizona originally but have lived in Utah for the last decade and now consider it home. I am 31 years old. I am also a wife and mother. I currently work […]

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