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Chicago: Advertising Motherhood: 99% Guilt Free!


Tickets available here.

A recent study sponsored by Harvard Business School revealed that by age 30, nearly 50% of the married women polled said they had chosen a job with more flexibility, 26% had slowed down the pace of their career and 9% had declined a promotion because of family responsibilities. In short, many women like you are off-ramping for full-time motherhood at the same time senior marketing positions are becoming available. This informative panel discussion is your chance to learn about much-needed family-focused policy changes, hear from the mommas who are prioritizing work and family and why it’s important from a brand, agency and cultural perspective to recruit and retain you in a senior position.

Doors will open at 5:30pm. Panel will start promptly at 6:00pm. Food and drink will be provided by our host, ParentKind and Leo Burnett.


Alexandra C. Eidenberg: President and Co-Founder of The Insurance People. Runs a 501c4 lobbying organization called Mom+Baby that fights for the rights of women and children online, in person and on the hill. She is a professional speaker, community activist, mom and small business owner.


Leigh Armstrong: SVP Director of Business Development, Leo Burnett. 4 countries. 3 networks (WPP, Omnicom and Publicis Groupe), 2 people I love (my husband and my daughter) and 1 mom. That’s me.

Diana Cantos-Sims: Born in Chicago, IL, to immigrant parents from Puerto Rico and Mexico. Holds a Doctorate degree in Optometry and has over 25 years experience in business strategies that work, marketing, sales and branding.

Rachael Hardy: Creative Director, Walgreens. 10 years experience, spanning a variety of industries. Has played in the Brand Agency (Landor), Publishing (JET/Ebony Magazine) and Corporate Brand (Walgreens) markets. Currently serves as the Associate Creative Director for Walgreens Beauty/Health Wellness. Mother of one - two year old daughter Parker.

Carlene Mahanna: Manager Talent Acquisition and Founding Contributor to SapientNitro’s Career Returns Program.

Mylene Pollock: EVP, Creative Director, Leo Burnett. A creative thinker for decades and a creative director for most of them, Mylene has worked (and raised her family) in New York, North Carolina and Chicago. Much of what she learned as a parent has been directly applicable to work, and fortunately much of what she learned at work has come in handy at home.

Thank you to our host and sponsor, ParentKind / Leo Burnett for developing this topic and opening your doors to our community.

Leo Burnett - 35 West Wacker Drive 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601 


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