Zoe! She may be best known as a stylist
and a designer, but she can also add "forward-thinking businesswoman" to her
résumé. She climbed the fashion ladder
without forgetting that it takes a village to make it to the top. And she recently took a huge step in thanking
the people that helped her get to where she is today, she opened an office
five of her employees became mothers. Instead of mapping out plans on how to get coverage for their roles,
juggle responsibilities and Band-Aid together all of their projects, Zoe did
the logical thing—she opened an office nursery.
Her goal was
simple. Give her employees the best of
both worlds: motherhood and a career. No
need to make a choice. No guilt. No second-guessing. Simply create an environment where everyone
grew the company from a handful of people to over 40 while having kids by her
side, so why not offer her employees the same opportunity? She calls it a "luxury," because
unfortunately in today's workplace such thinking is a luxury. But she's making it the norm at Rachel Zoe
Change is coming. It's happening slowly, but this is an amazing time to be part of that change and progress.
As you can
imagine, the results are worth the investment on Zoe's part. Her staff is motivated and committed. They don't have to worry about work-life
balance, they are living proof that it can work in harmony. They are able to spend time with their babies
during these early formative years and advance their careers
simultaneously. They embody the word "village."
Zoe says, "In light of the controversies surrounding unequal pay and other
forms of gender discrimination, I feel good sending the message to my team that
they work for a company that supports and celebrates who they are in their
personal lives and that we aren't afraid to let those truths influence the
culture in the office in order to make us more productive and happy on the
She suggests that women speak up and ask their employers
to help them be the best employees possible. Whether that be healthcare, benefits, a nursery or a flexible work
environment. Unfortunately this isn't
realistic with most employers. Her
company and way of thinking is something we wish could be available to every
woman who wants to work outside of the home.
Her advice, "Never apologize for being dedicated to your
kids and challenge those around you to not only acknowledge, but celebrate
your ability to be a mother and an asset in the workplace."
Change is coming. It's happening slowly, but this is an amazing time to be part of that change
and progress. Keep asking. Keep pushing. Keep proving that women are assets.