Three successful New Jersey businesswomen have recently hosted an event designed to empower mothers involved in high powered careers to embrace the art of change. The event was planned in the latter part of 2016 and went off without a hitch with a reported 3000 women in attendance. The event’s hosts and speakers, MaryAnn LoFrumento, Myriam Alvarez, and Anna Maria Chavez, spent the day encouraging mothers to become fluent in their careers and become actively involved in motherhood. Motherhood, the hosts repeatedly exclaimed, is always to be placed above careers because of the duty to care for the life of another human being.
Myriam Alvarez opened the event with a memorable anecdote about her life as a businesswoman and a mother. Alvarez became very successful in the field of journalism and news at an early age. After graduating college, Alvarez landed a prestigious internship with a notable news agency and later became one of the leaders of this agency. Just as she began to advance in her career, Alvarez received the devastating news that her small son had been diagnosed with cancer. Alvarez stated that she immediately realized that her responsibility was the primary care of her son. She quit her job to help his physicians to restore his health. After her son went into remission, Alvarez stated that she expected the joy she had previously found in her work to return when she did. She did not find the same joy, however, and realized that she desired to be with her children on a continuous basis and did not wish to waste precious time with them. Alvarez eventually quit her journalism job with the United Nations and pursued a career in writing and publishing from home. Her advice to the women at the event was to embrace the change that life often hands mothers and to find careers that assist them in the pursuit of life’s most important tasks. Chatham and LoFrumento gave similar accounts of times when they were pushed into a new direction in their careers for the sake of motherhood and announced that they could not be happier in their new careers.