We love that through this Boss Blog, we have the opportunity to highlight and support amazing women. These women are “doing the damn thing” as our Fem Founder, Rose Kaz would say!
In this edition of Pass Her the Mic, we’re chatting with Gladys Simen, a life coach for moms!
Please, start by introducing yourself and the work you do :
I am a life enthusiast. I’ve lived in 5 different countries, mastered 2 languages (and one
un poquito!), and met more amazing people than I can count.
Because my own life has become a rich tapestry of interwoven experiences, I am passionate about helping people live big, beautiful, shooting-for-the-stars kind of lives too… right now. Becoming a fabulous mama made me an advocate for the working mom, and my coaching practice , MyLifeCouch is centered around helping working moms (re) discover their super powers and creating a more balanced life. On their own terms.
What brought you to the place you are working from now, essentially, what in your history inspired you to do what you do NOW?
Having my kids gave me a purpose bigger than I ever had prior to having them. It also made me acutely aware of the unique difficulties working moms may face in the corporate world, in terms of support and accommodation. It has been said before that we expect women to work like they don’t have children and raise children as if they don’t work, which in itself puts a lot of pressure on women.
I started lending my voice to the conversation as I didn’t want my daughter to have to face the same hurdles when her time will come and also, as the de facto role model for my kids, I wanted them to know that we should always try to make things better , even if we do not succeed. It’s about using our voice for a cause that matters – to us -.
How do you define INCLUSIVITY for yourself and your business?
Inclusivity for MyLifeCouch, my business is providing a platform where everyone is truly welcomed, valued and respected for all of who they are . And that they are heard and seen.
Inclusivity for me is acknowledging my biases and creating a place where we can have uncomfortable conversations aiming to challenge or educate our existing thoughts. It’s seeing the strengths and abilities of everyone I meet and making sure I treat people with respect and fairness.
This month we’re talking about inclusivity in action. What does that look like inside your business?
I am working towards a Pay-it-Forward Fund where my coaching clients can choose to pay a little extra so it can go towards coaching less privileged people. And I have been known for coaching for free when people need a little pick me up.
What do you want people to remember most about the work that you’re creating?
That self love and self care are two little seeds that can create BIG change within ourselves.
What’s the next thing for you? What are you working on?
Currently I am in the process of building community of working moms by sharing my mission, by supporting working mothers through my coaching.
Also I am partnering with corporate to spread the word to support working mothers at work.
Thank you so much Gladys! We love the mission you’re on to empower and include so many women that need your support!