Calling all working moms and mompreneurs! Are you ready to look for a way to work smarter and maintain the work-life balance all at the same time? Look no further than working with Julie Lacouture, Principal and Co-Owner of Mom Corps here in Los Angeles. Today I'm walking a mile in Julie's shoes - no easy feat seeing as she's currently in New York City this week! - and discussing how Mom Corps helps working women to find the right employer and what makes her so passionate about the work she does.
Hillary Gadsby: What is Mom Corps and how does it work to help women find the right employer?
Julie Lacouture: Mom Corps is a national staffing firm with a twist: we help companies find their next great employee by tapping into a network of working moms (and dads!). We work with companies to help them utilize flexible work options to find and retain highly experienced employees. For candidates looking for a job, we always say it’s about fit. For some moms it’s about working closer to home, or having less travel. For others, it’s about part-time jobs or project-based work.
HG: What motivates and drives you about Mom Corps and the work you do there?
JL: I love when we can find ways to work smarter. There have been a lot of technology improvements in the last decade that allow us to do more: more in a day, more things at one time, more of everything faster. But despite all this, work itself doesn’t seem to have changed that much. So I’m very motivated by how we can make these improvements benefit individuals.
Just talking to candidates is very motivating too. Hearing about women who have advanced degrees and years of experience trying to figure out the next step in their career or how to achieve work-life balance are incredibly motivating.
HG: What is the worst thing that ever happened to you in business and how did you overcome it?
JL: I wouldn’t ever say there was a “worst thing,” not only because that seems to be tempting fate a little bit, but also because everything is a learning experience. At the start of our business, my business partner and I made a list of things that would probably go wrong – really typical stuff like a client that doesn’t pay, an overdue bill, etc. When something like that happens we always say, “Well, cross it off the list. It won’t happen again.”
HG: What has been your biggest shoe splurge?
JL: I’m terrible here. I think I buy shoes once a year! But once I bought two pairs of the same shoe at the same time because I liked them so much.
HG: Fill in the blank: my favorite shoes are a pair of _____ because ________.
JL: A pair of black boots because they make me feel like I’m wearing armor!
HG: What three things are you most passionate and driven about and why?
JL: This business. Honestly, I know it’s cliché to say you’re passionate about your job, but I think we’re changing how work works and I am so excited about our future at Mom Corps.
Food. I love cooking and baking. In fact, my husband and I are currently cooking our way through all our cookbooks, one by one (and we have a lot!).
Family and friends. I don’t think that one needs an explanation!
For more information on Julie and to get started working with Mom Corps, visit their website here to find the branch closest to you. Be sure to tweet with Mom Corps on Twitter and check them out on Facebook!