We recently met with Dr. Stevie Dawn to discuss and plan our business strategy for the next 90 days. We are thrilled with the potential of Mamis on the Move! These are our reflections on building a revolutionary business for Mamis in higher education.
What are your key takeaways from the planning session?
Taryn: After our planning meeting, a few things stood out to me. First, I was surprised by how much we have accomplished in such a short period of time! We have accounts on social media (like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram). We’ve maintained our regular postings and created new material each week for our blog. It’s pretty outstanding, especially since we are both very busy Mamis!
Also, I love that we have an opportunity to bring our tagline – Intentionally Moving Through – to the forefront of our work. We know Mamis are pulled in many directions. We receive multiple “asks” a day for more time, energy, labor, all the things. It’s exciting to share our strategies on intentional practice through our website and programs (coming soon!). We don’t have to do everything; instead, we can be selective and purposeful in our work.
Mayra: It was also great to discuss our intention to unapologetically focus on this community: the Mamis community. We want to be inclusive and are always welcoming of all. We are also clear that Mamis on the Move was born out of a need Taryn, I, and many other Mamis have to be able to be in community with other Mamis or Mamis-to-be who also work in higher education.
Like other environments, higher education could be better in many ways, but especially in its development and support of mothers. Mothering is not always welcomed or seen as an asset. Instead, we are told in our graduate programs to “not get pregnant” as our ability to remain focused on our profession will be questioned if we want to have a family. These messages follow us into the classroom and the executive suite.
Just a little secret: becoming a mother made me a much better professional and a heck of a lot more assertive and intentional as an administrator. We are helping other women’s babies! I would want someone to fight ferociously to ensure my child had the best experiences and opportunities and that’s what I strive to do every day for my students.
What are our next steps?
Taryn: We broke out the calendar last Friday, and we now have some events lined up! It’s so exciting to see our ideas come to fruition! As we plan, we are also eager to learn what other Mamis need and want. Comment below or contact us to share your stories and needs!
Mayra: We will carefully curate our offerings for you to ensure you get more of what you need to help you address feelings of concern or distress as it relates to your advancement as a Mami in higher education. We love to hear what you need! Also know there will be opportunities for small group and one-on-one time with us. Get excited!