In this special masterclass offered by 50inTech, Gimena Diaz shares various tips and tricks to help you navigate the pressure of combining a career with a family—from learning how to reintegrate in the workplace after being away on parental leave, to organizing a work-life schedule that works for you.
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Gimena Diaz is V.P. of Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa at Onfido, a company that helps businesses verify people's identities using facial recognition technology. For eight years Gimena was also the general manager at PayPal for Europe and Asia, where she managed over 160 people. She's also strongly involved in the development of gender equality as a board member of UN Women in France.
This masterclass was part of the bootcamp “ What I really really want” offered by 50inTech. The original title was “Maternity & Career”.
Here is a written summary:
When I got pregnant for the first time, I was pretty busy, to say the least. At the time, I was general manager at PayPal, responsible for over one hundred sixty people. So it wasn’t easy. But I took the proper time to have my first child. I knew I wanted to have a career and work, but also have a family life.
However, before deciding to go into maternity, I had a huge amount of questions. Since then, I've been trying to help the women that I recruit or mentor to go through this huge change in their lives that has an impact on everything. My goal here today is to answer some of those questions and doubts for you.
The three topics we’re going to discuss today are:
Summing up, having children is a life-altering event, and we shouldn’t fool ourselves into thinking it won’t affect our careers. Luckily, there are lots of ways to deal with this change—from properly planning parental leave, to staying in touch with the firm and setting new boundaries if and when we return to the workplace. Luckily, companies and managers are increasingly sensitized to the policies and coaching support needed to guide employees through this phase of their lives.
This content was created based on a talk during our Bootcamp What I Really Really Want in 2020.
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