Panelist Preview Lara Hourquebie
Updated: Apr 29, 2019
If you didn't meet Lara at Climbing the Corporate Ladder Baby Step by Step when The Mom Project first sponsored one of our events, then I'm excited for you to get to know her. If you did, you'll get to learn even more about how she makes it work for herself and for women around the country at our upcoming event on May 7th, Designing The Work-Life That Works For Your Life.
The Mom Project is perfect for women who are looking to design a work-life that looks different from what they currently have. Whether it's to freelance, contract, or find a part-time or full-time position, you know when you find a job with The Mom Project, you're going to be working somewhere that prioritizes elevating the work and careers of working moms.
Read on to learn more about Lara!
Who’s Lara? How would you describe yourself and what you do professionally?
I strive to be known as someone you can count on as a colleague and a friend, that I am a "positive person". Professionally, I identify top female talent across the U.S. for open positions on The Mom Project’s digital platform.
How did you design your work-life to work for your life? What’s one way it totally works and one challenge?
I love, love, love my set-up. Currently, I work 100% remotely for my Chicago-based company, The Mom Project. We have had a part-time Nanny for the last year but enrolling my son in full-time daycare now that he’s 2 and I need to have more “uninterrupted” time. I go back to Chicago 1X/month for the week where I get to see my colleagues, have great 1:1, see friends from when I lived there, and get well-rested without 3AM wake ups from my son.
This arrangement works for me now because I like being able to be an individual producer and just focus on tasks at hand without the distraction/noise of people always around me. One challenge is that I’m not on-site to help welcome/on-board new employees as we grow and I wish I could because I love it when others feel successful in their role.
Given your experience what is one thing you wish you could’ve known before embarking on your journey to motherhood?
That the lack of sleep after having a child would greatly impact my life (work, marriage, fitness & diet) more than anything else. I would have gotten a sleep consultant as soon as possible and tried to be consistent with my son so other areas of my life would flourish.
What was your journey to motherhood?
Horrible 1st trimester where my old colleagues still loving telling me how terrible I looked sitting at my desk, nauseous and eating peanut butter crackers. Followed by magical 2nd trimester, but uncomfortable 3rd trimester with my son going a few days late. People would stop me on the street and ask me if I was OK b/c I walked with a grimace on my face from the pain. Really wonderful birth though due to great staff and epidural that never stopped working, and after only 14 hours of active labor we had our little Bebenou.
What’s your working mom hack?
FaceTiming my Mom and propping up the phone for him to play with her while I finish up work if he wakes up too early from afternoon nap.
What do you do (guilt-free) for yourself?
I try to read most nights in bed before falling asleep. We live near our local library as well as a used book store so I have started frequenting both and enjoy the unwinding at night and the accomplishment of finishing a book for me. (note: I also learned that Lara is a Toaster like me and loves The Morning Toast - I'm guessing also guilt-free)
You can keep in touch with Lara and The Mom project