Executive Mom Nest: Senior Management’s Secret Weapon to Retain High-Capacity Female Leaders
This innovative Executive Coaching cohort helps prevent the employee exit interview by offering solutions for working moms.
The Executive Mom Nest’s novel approach to personal and career growth for overcommitted working mothers focuses on coaching and mentorship. Since the glass ceiling had been shattered decades ago, there is a false belief that women are in control of their careers and no longer need to choose between family and profession.
In the wake of the 2020-2021 “she-cession,” stories of exit interviews have dominated the headlines; many companies worry about the longevity of their best female employees. When executives leave, companies spend thousands of dollars on onboarding and training that they would rather use to champion already successful leaders. What we have learned from these ‘exit interviews’ is that there are many demands for working parents that impact their commitment to their roles. And, when there is pressure at home, the burden falls on moms to find the solution or decide to leave the company or career they love. Without corporate support, employees look for alternatives to the typical career path to better balance work and home.
To support high-potential women, senior management is turning to innovative solutions to help moms find career-family balance. The Executive Mom Nest has redesigned executive coaching by anticipating the struggles that moms face in the workplace which helps organizations support working mothers. “By joining our unique platform, women learn to prioritize themselves,” says Executive Mom Nest founder and CEO, Marcy Stoudt. “Women realize they don’t need to make a choice between being an amazing mom or having a successful career in a company they love.”
What makes the Nest different are the advisors who work in diverse industries to anticipate any mentoring or coaching needs members may have as businesswomen or mothers. The Nest’s top goal is to bring more efficiency, joy, mindfulness, and balance into the members’ lives so women can spend more quality time with loved ones without sacrificing career success or personal wellness.
Mentorship and coaching offer working moms problem-solving techniques to both short- and long-term issues. When a mom is worried about her child’s educational performance, she doesn’t hang that worry in the closet when she arrives at the office. Likewise, if a subordinate is causing tensions at work, she will bring that stress to the dinner table.
Senior leaders know that it takes more than salary compensation to keep high-capacity executives. Engagement, flexibility, and promotion potential are three of the main reasons women stay in a company. When leaders create an inclusive environment for working moms, female executives can find harmony between the multiple aspects of their lives. It’s time to stop relying on the outdated executive coaching model. Executive moms are not one-size-fits-all employees and burnout is real. Harmony is possible with the right solutions.