Being able to juggle parenting while still focusing on your career is just that: a juggling act. It comes with so many difficulties and hurdles that not everyone is able to handle, making those able to do so successfully all the more exceptional.
That was once again the theme for the 2017 Outstanding Mother Awards this past Monday, where four of the hardest working mothers were honored. Held at the Pierre Hotel, 2015 Outstanding Mother honoree, Joanna Coles, served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the event which was chaired by Laurie Dowley this year.
The four women receiving the honorable award included Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies, who was given her award by none other than Estée Lauder Chairman Emiritus Leonard Lauder; Kate Oldham, SVP, GMM, Beauty, Lingerie and Swim, Saks Fifth Avenue; Judy Schmeling, President of Cornerstone Brands & Chief Operating Officer, HSN Inc.; and Kendra Scott, CEO and Founder, Kendra Scott LLC. Guests included Leonard Lauder, William Lauder, Dr. Cliff Hudis, Jane Lauder, Erin Lauder, Thia Breen, John Demsey, Peter Lichtenthal, Fern Mallis and Christine Schott Ledes.
Being the first stepmother to ever receive the award, Hudis gave perspective on how she’s been able to coordinate her daily life between her responsibilities professionally and as a mother. “Motherhood is the best job I’ve ever had. It means focusing on the moment – work moments and family moments,” she stated. “While there may not be such a thing as balance, there is always giving 100% of yourself to the task at hand, and to the moment you’re in.”
Oldham stated, “My greatest role models as a mother have been my fellow working moms. I saw them supporting each other when things got tough –picking up oose ends here, or covering a meeting there. Those were the models for the behavior I wanted to emulate.”
The ceremony benefitted programs for Save The Children, with the 500 attendees raising upwards of $600,000 for the cause. Once again, the event proved to be a wonderful showing that recognized hard-working mothers while supporting a noble and vital cause.