Sure, the label “Power Mom” can be a bit intimidating — especially in this city. (Do they sleep? Have talons? What’s the deal?) But we promise, after reading about this group of awesome, accomplished women, even the most wary among you will feel pumped. Representing fields ranging from design, media, education, science, fashion, finance and beyond — and often possessing a killer entrepreneurial streak — these ladies are inspiring examples of sisters doin’ it for themselves, while also making family a priority. (Oh, but “Work/Life” balance? They all kind of call B.S. on that concept, and offer their own take on it.) Click through to meet your new lady-crushes!
Wendy Xiao, Venture Capital Investor, Northzone/Co-founder, CoHatchery
Wendy Xiao may be moving in the heady world of venture capital, but it wasn't that long ago that she was juggling getting a MBA at Columbia with being a new mom. (Picture excusing yourself from the project group to go pump.) Now, in addition to her day job, she's got another "baby" in the mix, the coworking space CoHatchery, which held its first trial program in Park Slope this summer. Xiao is a resident of the Brooklyn neighborhood herself, where she lives with her husband Rodrigo and two-year-old son, Tyler.
Yet Another Reason To Like Her: She's sensitive to the fact that the venture capital world is lopsided when it comes to gender representation, and is committed to bringing a woman's insight and perspective to the boy's club.
Work/Life: "Don’t be afraid, just dive in — but be organized. Draw lines where needed. Stay present in everything you do. And most importantly, be grateful to your loved ones who will help you along the way, because you will undoubtedly need a lot of help."
photo: Wendy Xiao
Who’s the Power Mom in your life? (Besides you or your spouse, of course.) Sing her praises in the comments below!
— Mimi O’Connor