Working Mama Spotlight on Molly Butters Hale
Where are you from: I've lived all over - Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, California. I graduated from Cathedral High School and met my husband, who is also a Cathedral grad, while we were both at Purdue.
Where do you live now: The Nora area - 80th & Westfield
Education: B.A. from Purdue in Creative Writing and French
Career: I am the Director of Marketing & Communications for a Health IT company called Diagnotes, located in the Keystone Crossing corporate park, about 5 minutes from home! We provide health systems with communication tools to help streamline clinical workflows, like finding on-call doctors for a consult or securely texting or video chatting with colleagues about patients. I currently work part-time. I report to the CEO and he is incredibly supportive of me finding my balance and counts on me to set boundaries. I plan to go full-time in June when my youngest is a year old. Previously, I worked for a company in NYC and traveled a lot for work and really missed being home. I've worked in Health IT for 7 years and it's a great skill set to have - there is no shortage of work and I encourage anyone looking for a path to check out Health IT opportunities.
Family life: My husband and I were married in 2004 and had our first baby in 2013 and our second baby in 2017. We enjoyed a lot of travel and fun experiences in the years before kids and are fully enjoying growing our family! We have a 4 year old daughter and a 7 month old son. We've juggled different child care arrangements and currently have a nanny for the baby three days a week and our daughter goes to preschool in midtown. We depend on friends and family to help fill the gaps when my work schedule is busy. I have a deep appreciation for my village!
Favorite Indy Eats: With two small kids, it's all about carry out! We love Indian food and get take out from Shalimar in Broad Ripple a lot. We also love Hollyhock Hill at 80th & College. Their boxed meals are a great value and the fried chicken is the best in the state. Big Lug and Sahm's in Nora is also a favorite - they are both super kid friendly. We love eating on the deck in the summer and playing board games.
Favorite "me-time" activity: Sleeping! Or pedicures. I love to take an IBJ to BR Nails in Broad Ripple and catch up on local business news.
What are you reading right now? I've been reading this blog pretty regularly. Great insights to marketing and sales: https://labs.openviewpartners.com/
Best Mom Moment: Every time my daughter says she loves having a baby brother, I feel like every sleepless night, extra pound, cluttered pile, and unfolded basket of laundry is WORTH it.
Career Highlight(s): Reaching a point in my career when I turn down work and have to make intentional decisions about how much I want to work vs. be home. I have a lot of control over how much money I can make but I recognize it comes with sacrificing time with the family. I realize I am very fortunate to be in this position and wish all women could have more control and flexibility in their careers.
What you love about being a Hoosier? I love the cost of living! If we still lived in California, I would not have had the flexibility to take time off from work, or work part-time.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grow up? As a kid, I wanted to be a professional basketball player. As a young adult, I wanted to be a writer for David Letterman.
Where you want to be in 10 years? I hope to take on more executive leadership responsibilities and mentor young women who are balancing work and motherhood. I hope I'm attending my kids' sporting and music events and watching them find their interests and passions.
My biggest mistake: We bought a new car the day I found out I was pregnant with my first baby. We should have bought a minivan instead of a small SUV. That was dumb. Ha!
Career/Parenting advice you would like to share with other working mamas: Trust your gut when it comes to care givers and know that the chaos is temporary. With the second baby, I realize that even the most difficult phases will pass, which makes the bumps in the road a little easier to get through.
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