How'd She Do It - A Mom Corps Success Story
Name: Lisa Wakida
City/State: Seattle, WA
Family: 2 dogs
Education: BBA from University of Washington; JD from University of Chicago
New Job: Senior Counsel at HaloSource, Inc. I was hired as a permanent part-time employee (20 hrs/week) with the potential to grow over time as the company's legal needs increase.
Summary of professional experience: I've spent 6.5 years at law firms; 6.5 years in-house.
Why did you engage with Mom Corps? I was searching for an in-house position at a small technology company (rare in this economy), and Mom Corps had a great job listed at a great company.
How was your experience working with Mom Corps? It stood out for me from the start that it is important for Jamie Flynn, Mom Corps Seattle, to connect the right candidates with the right companies. She really makes the effort to understand a company's specific needs and to vet the candidates for appropriate matches. She went out of her way to meet me in person and was always available for questions and follow-up. She also brought me cupcakes to celebrate my first day on the job (which everyone enjoyed)!
How has having a flexible job with Mom Corps affected your work-life balance? For the past 13 years, I've worked jobs that required very long hours. At various times, I've felt burnt out. This part-time job gives me the opportunity to recuperate while still working on interesting and unique legal issues. In the future, I hope this leads to full-time employment, but I'm happy that it is part-time now. I think I will be a more productive full-time employee in the future having this experience.
What is your go-to stress reliever? Hiking with my dogs and Bikram Yoga.
How would you describe your overal experience? A smooth process that had me meeting great people (both at Mom Corps and HaloSource) and led to my dream job!