I love modeling to our son that females are equal in all aspects, demonstrating that our family works as a team, and raising a self sufficient son/husband. 

Maria Kelly-White

Current Occupation:
Principal, IRI

# of Children and their Ages:
One, age 23

What do you love about being a working mom?
I love modeling to our son that females are equal in all aspects, demonstrating that our family works as a team and raising a self sufficient son/husband. Due to my travel schedule, my husband and our son have become best friends.

My identity is not attached to one specific description.

As a working mom, time spent with family is precious… so it’s quality time- hiking, biking, skiing, surfing, traveling and discovering new interests together.

What is the biggest challenge of being a working mom?
Missing a few BIG moments (his first steps), and work travel when family members are sick.

If you had a magic wand, what one thing would you change about working mom life?
We must find a way to provide quality childcare while reducing the exorbitant cost for every working mom. The cost was negligible between daycare and full time nanny in our area, and regardless of a working moms salary, is always very expensive- cost is insane.

What tips do you have for other working moms?
Schedule sleep - sleep is important for everyone, as well as alone time with partner.

Develop a great network and reciprocate. Everyone needs help from time to time.

Take care of physical and mental self-  schedule yourself in for yoga, walk, alone time to catch up w partner and w friends. 

Any relationship tips for working moms?
Connect with non moms via work, gym, book club, ceramics, etc. and continue to invest / develop your own interests, hobbies, and skill set. 

What's the best piece of advice your own mother gave you?

Make your own life/ money.

What stresses you out?
When my son, husband, dog are hurt (sometimes in a different rank order).

How do you mother yourself?
Skiing, surfing, yoga, bad TV, wine…spending time with my husband. 

How and why do you take CBD?
I do not ingest now, although I do use CBD topicals for my injuries- I feel they work.  I am not opposed to internal ingestion at all- I will try it at some point. 

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