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Meet the Author: Pamela F. Lenehan
March 9, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Please join us for a quiet evening with Author Pamela F. Lenehan as she discusses her book, My Mother My Mentor: What Grown Children Want You to Know. All attendees will receive a book – and an opportunity to both hear from and speak directly to Ms. Lenehan.
About the Author: Pamela F. Lenehan was one of the first female partners on Wall Street, a C-suite executive of an NYSE company and a high tech start-up. She combined a climb to the vanguard of business leadership with a passionate dedication to raising her own children. An avid believer in the power of women to lead as well as parent, she serves on the boards of three publicly traded firms, and is also the author of “What You Don’t Know and Your Boss Won’t Tell You: Advice from Senior Female Executives on What You Need to Succeed.” My Mother My Mentor: What Grown Children Want You to Know (http://www.mymothermymentor.com/ )
Seventy percent of mothers with children under the age of 18 are working — about 31 million women as of 2013. But contrary to what the majority of Americans still think, children not only survive their mothers’ careers, they thrive — all the way through to adulthood.
That’s the revelation in My Mother, My Mentor : What Grown Children of Working Mothers Want You to Know, a new book by board director, former C-suite executive and Wall Street veteran Pamela F. Lenehan. A working mother herself, she was struck by the gap between the new parenting reality and the popular opinion, shared by 60% of U.S. adults, that kids are better off with one parent at home. So she went to the source: working mothers and their children.
Lenehan’ s book is based on her personal interviews and a thousand-respondent survey. Grown children of working mothers, she found, are proof positive of the benefits of growing up with a working mother, with well-developed life and work skills, and an innate sense of how to integrate parenting and profession. The children learned a great deal from their working mothers – some lessons were taught explicitly and others were absorbed by watching their mothers. The interviews and online study showed children were proud of their working mothers, and the children thrived in an environment where the mothers encouraged independence, provided their children a strong work ethic, and gave children confidence they could accomplish their own goals. Working mothers also continue as a mentor and sounding board for their children long into adulthood. This book provides today’s working mothers with ideas to consider from childcare to career discussions and all the years in-between.