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Balancing Motherhood and Work: Challenges, Triumphs, and Empowerment

By Divya Gupta Arora, Manager, Software Development Engineering

As a woman engineering manager at Expedia Group, my journey through the dynamic landscape of technology has been interwoven with the joys and complexities of motherhood. In this blog, I share my personal story, and shed light on Expedia Group’s successful Return Ticket Returnship program, emphasizing the importance of support and community.

My Personal Story: Navigating the Tech Sphere as a Mother

The journey of balancing a leadership role in technology with the responsibilities of motherhood has been both challenging and immensely rewarding. There was a pivotal moment when the demands of a critical project clashed with an urgent call from my child’s school. It was at that moment that the intricate dance between professional commitments and familial responsibilities became clear.

Transitioning from a coding expert to leading a team of software developers brought a new set of challenges. However, it also allowed me to tap into the unique skill set that motherhood had cultivated — patience, multitasking, and adaptability. The intersection of managing teams and being a mother unveiled a powerful synergy that significantly contributed to my growth as a leader.

Expedia Group’s Returnship Program: Empowering Women Engineers

Expedia Group’s commitment to supporting women in technology extends to its successful “Return Ticket” Returnship program. This initiative not only invites women who’ve taken a career break after becoming mothers to upskill but also facilitates their seamless return to the tech workforce.

Expedia Group not only supports women who have taken a career break but also those who are returning from their maternity leave. Upon returning from maternity leave, women engineers are paired with buddies who’ve experienced similar transitions. These buddies provide a platform for discussing challenges, sharing experiences, and offering empathetic support. The camaraderie extends beyond professional growth, fostering a sense of community and understanding.

Key Takeaways: A Journey of Empowerment

  1. Strength in Resilience: Every challenge, whether professional or personal, is an opportunity for growth. Motherhood and a tech career cultivate resilience, turning obstacles into stepping stones.
  2. Skills Are Assets: The skills gained through motherhood are assets in the professional realm. Time management, adaptability, and empathy are essential qualities for effective leadership.
  3. Overcoming Myths: Shatter myths and stereotypes. The intersection of motherhood and tech leadership is a reality that challenges preconceived notions.
  4. Seek Support When Needed: You’re not alone on this journey. Seek out supportive communities, mentors, and programs to navigate challenges and celebrate triumphs.
  5. Advocate for Inclusivity: As a woman in tech, advocate for inclusivity and equal opportunities. Promote diversity in leadership roles and contribute to creating a more inclusive tech industry.
  6. Upskilling and Returning to Work: Explore return-from-maternity programs that empower women to upskill and re-enter the tech workforce, contributing to diversity and innovation.
  7. Inspire and Lead by Example: Your journey inspires others. As a woman in tech and a mother, you have the power to lead by example, showcasing that success knows no gender or parenting status.

Balancing motherhood and a tech career is not a linear path; it’s a journey marked by resilience, empowerment, and continual growth. By embracing the challenges, dispelling myths, and advocating for inclusivity, women engineers are not only shaping their destinies but also paving the way for a more diverse and empowered future in the tech industry.


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