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My three Salukis and the love of my life might argue that I indeed serve as a mom, but that’s another story. I’ve been thinking about moms—traditional and single—since Mother’s Day and since the most recent West Michigan Woman was published. In the April/May issue, “The Life of a Single Mom” is a brief look at single motherhood, from the viewpoint of a few single moms. Their stories are as similar as they are different, as you might guess.   

This just isn’t a catchy title to get your attention. (Although it must have worked if you’re reading this.) No, this is an actual question posed to me by my daughter, The Teenager. 

In our office kitchen, there is an island. And when there is food on that island, it is generally understood that it is for the benefit of all. Since we are an office of mostly women and one very polite man, community food—especially if it is dessert—disappears at a respectful rate. A half of a brownie instead of a whole, a small sliver of pie instead of a thick cut, and never, NEVER take the last piece. 

I’m a wordsmith by profession, and by passion. And while our woes may vary, we may have something in common when it comes to having to multitask and needing to prioritize. 

Did you know? Boards that have women in twenty percent of their board seats are forty percent more profitable than other boards! Women bring to boards a sense of calm, thoughtfulness, collaboration, and willingness to address issues head on. So, why there aren’t more women on boards of directors? A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend Inforum’s BoardAccess™ event, “How Boards Work.” Mary Tuk, president of Fifth Third Bank, and Maureen Noe, president/CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way, shed their light on what fundamentals make a good board and what women can do to provide their talents to an existing board. 

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