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Life In Sports As A Working Mom With Minnesota Aurora FC’s Jessica Poole & Moravian’s Rebecca May

Guest Jessica Poole, Minnesota Aurora FC; Rebecca May, Moravian University (DIII)
15:13 min watch


Minnesota Aurora FC President & COO Jessica Poole and Moravian University (DIII) Associate AD/SWA Rebecca May joins ADU’s Steph Garcia Cichosz at the 2024 NCAA Convention for a conversation about balancing motherhood with a life in sports. The trio discuss the impact of motherhood on their identities, goals and ambitions and dive into the evolution of their routines and habits when balancing parenthood – and the invisible labor that sometimes comes with being a mother – alongside a career in athletics. May and Poole also reflect on ways they incorporate soft skills into their leadership style.

The conversation is indexed below for efficient viewing (click the time stamp to jump to a specific question/topic).

  • - How has motherhood impacted your sense of self, your approach to your work and your goals?
  • - How do you manage the "invisible labor" of motherhood?
  • - How do you balance your identity with your ambition as a woman in sports?
  • - Did you feel any pressure to return to the workplace quickly while on maternity leave?
  • - How have your routines evolved as you transitioned into motherhood and now, as a senior leader balancing work with motherhood?
  • - Do you have any methods for managing a sense of overwhelm that some working moms sometimes feel?
  • - What is something that's recently made you feel joy and pride as a mom?