Samantha Donovan

Children: 3

Industry: Previously in finance, now in health and wellness

How would you best describe yourself?

A working mum who is passionate about creating choice in my life and showing others how to do the same.

How has becoming a parent changed your perception of work and career and what surprised you the most?

What surprised me the most was how my priorities changed after my children started school. I was ok being a working mum and corporate 'high flyer' whilst the girls were at home with my mum, but when they started school I realised I wanted to be the one to do reading groups and tuckshop duty. I never thought I would want to be involved in the girls schooling that way. And the inflexibility of my party time chorister role did not allow that your of involvement.

What advice would you give your younger self about starting a family?

Start trying to have children earlier

What has been your biggest challenge so far across the stages of pregnancy/leave/returning to work?  How have you overcome this?

Accepting that 25 years in the corporate world and all I had trained and worked hard to achieve did not bring me joy anymore. I needed to reinvent myself and discover what brought me joy.

What strategies/initiatives do you use to help you manage the juggle of being a Working Mumma and family?

Open conversations with my husband and the girls. Setting expectations with them