Samantha Donovan

Children: 3

Industry: Health & Wellness

How would you best describe yourself?

Former chartered accountant with 25+ years in the corporate world.

After children I struggled to juggle career and motherhood. Lower paid and less responsibility in corporate roles left me feeling despondent and wondering why I was trying to do it all. Now I love the balance I have between a fulfilling career being Mum who works from home and being present for my family when they need.

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

Yes definitely.

My priorities have changed I still want to contribute and give back in a work environment but not to the detriment of my family. My new business venture has surprised me with how professionally fulfilled I am and how inspired I am to show others what’s possible

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

There’s never the perfect time to have kids.

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

Returning to work and wanting a part time time but finding any role that was meaningful and challenging and not a role I had done 20 years earlier.

Being taken off the bonus program when I went back part time.

Having to go back to work 6 weeks after my first child was stillborn because I wasn’t entitled to any longer maternity leave because I didn’t have a baby.

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

Working from home wan be a challenge so I try to time block my days and nights into work, exercise and family.