Woman to Women
Stay-at-home moms in the boardroom?
By: Mary Beth Sammons
As a mom of three, I’ve tried it all when it comes to juggling working and “mom-ming.” And I’ve been called it all – Soccer Mom, Yoga Mama and names I wouldn’t care to share.
So the recent Wall Street Journal article that announced the new breed of working moms: mommy SWAT teams – SWAT stands for “Smart Women with Available Time” – made me smile and mumble under my breath, “Hmm … sounds good, but the reality is … good luck, hope it works … what planet are these moms with ‘available time’ living on?”
According to Sue Shellenbarger’s Work Family column,it’s a term for all-mom teams that are taking on professional projects assigned by higher-ups in company boardrooms.
These are talented, smart, stay-at-home moms who don’t want full-time work but do want to keep their skills sharp and avert their brains from going the PTA/baking-cupcakes route. And, best part, they are apparently in high demand by corporate suits who realize the value of a SWAT team of, say, mom/HR gurus rewriting company job descriptions following an acquisition.
Sounds like an awesome opportunity and a win-win all around, except for the fact that the stay-at-home moms I know would argue profusely that they don’t have a whole lot of “available time” to kill. And the projects sound intense in nature and unpredictable. The transition from fulltime mom to finding childcare to busy professional in a short period sounds challenging at best.