Deborah Roberts on the W/L Challenge

By Deborah Roberts
2017 Women’s Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker

Inspiration is one of the most powerful words in the English language.  It accounts for motivation, achievement and success.  Many of us can point to moms, dads, media figures and professionals as the catalyst for change in our lives.  In my case, it was indeed my mother, a woman who wouldn’t be cowed by segregation.  But I also benefited from a special and memorable 6th grade English teacher who publicly and often told me that I had the goods to be someone special.  Those are the voices I hear every day as I make my way in the competitive world of network news.  We all need inspiration, but women need it even more if we are to break out of the artificial molds many of us inhabit to become what we’d like to be.

One thing I am learning, however, is that we working moms can take a page or two from the men in our lives. We rush and stress and don’t give ourselves enough credit for getting things done.  Although I make breakfast for my children, drive them to school and even make that occasional late-night dash to Duane Reade to get poster board for an overdue project, I still question whether I’m doing enough. My husband thinks he’s doing a great job even if he doesn’t do half as much. Hmmm. What’s wrong with this picture? When writing our book Been There, Done That together, we both realized that we can learn a lot from each other as we juggle our busy lives.  I look forward to sharing my personal story and insights as a woman who is juggling everyday just like you.