16:Insights from HR Moms

In The Episode


This week’s episode of Parents at Work brings you three thoughtful and experienced mothers in Human Resources. Being a mother and meeting the demands of an office can be difficult to balance, so Kelly, Kecia, and Heather share their personal journeys to help others succeed at work while raising children.

This interview covers how to navigate negotiations with your employer, the benefits of having flexibility to set clear expectations, and the importance of giving yourself grace. To learn more about what it’s like to be a parent in HR and how to balance parenthood along with professional life, join Tom Spiggle and co-host Lori Mihalich-Levin in this interview.

Heather de la Riva, SPHR, SHRM-SCP sHRBP

Director, Virtual Outsourcing

Nonprofit HR

Kelly B. Sizemore, PHR, SHRM-CP

HR Manager, Kimley-Horn

Show Highlights

– Personal parent working stories
– Retention tools for parent employees
– Choosing HR as a career path
– Not “leaving before you leave” as you contemplate parenthood
– What it’s like to be a mom in HR
– How motherhood can make you a better team player
– Support systems that are particularly beneficial when coming back to the office
– Using parenthood as a networking opportunity
– Support systems that companies don’t always have, but should
– The importance of having open communication and open dialogue with supervisors
– Changes occurring in the industry that are impacting working parents
– Integrating paid leave for parents
– Providing flexibility for all employees and getting rid of stigmas
– How firms impact families and the improvements the industry is making
– Top tips and resources for working parents

  • “I really felt like I wanted to have and be able to touch multiple organizations” – Heather, on why she chose an HR consulting path
  • “I realized that I had to be mom first” – Keesha
  • “I was drawn to HR because I really enjoy working with people and helping people” – Kelly
  • “You’re not everybody’s mother”
  • “Digging into the culture and having the support of culture was so key for me”
  • “The flexibility is definitely key”
  • “Any type of paid leave or adoptive assistance, in my case, would have made a pretty big difference”
  • “In order for your organization to support and meet the needs you have, the organizations needs also have to be being met”
  • “There is no balance so you just have to give yourself grace”
  • “You are not alone”

Thanks for listening!

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