Meet Janice Windt – Giving Voice to Working Mothers

Janice Windt, Founder and MD of the Working Mothers Expo, in partnership with MiWayLife, had a son of nine months old and was pregnant with her second when she was offered the career opportunity of a lifetime. Thrilled and devastated at the same time, Janice was at a cross road that so many women face: can I be the mother I want to be and also have a thriving and fulfilling career? Today, she has started a movement with her fellow working mothers: to remind us that there is support and inspiration out there and that it is possible to make life work if you’re willing to ask for the help you need.

  • What are you most passionate about? 

God, my husband, my boys, and helping other working moms make life work!

  • What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?

Leaving corporate to start my own business

  • What makes you angry?

Seeing people taken advantage of, or misinformed by those trying to manipulate them

  • If you inherited an acre of land what would you do with it?

Start a retreat for battle-weary, stressed out moms who just need a moment to regroup

  • Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer? 

Hunter

  • How many pairs of shoes  do you own?

+/- 16

  • If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

Osso Bucco with basmati rice, red wine, caprese salad, strawberries and ice cream for dessert

  • How would people communicate in a perfect world?

By listening long and hard to each other, first, before choosing what to say

  • What do you work toward in your free time?

Free time?

  • If you woke up and had 300 unread emails and could only answer 30 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?

I wake up every morning with hundreds of emails to answer! I try to deal with important first, over urgent, but don’t always succeed 😉

  • Name 3 things in nature you find most beautiful.

Mountains… streams… walking barefoot in streams

  • Have you used plastic bags for your shopping in the last two weeks?

Gulp.. yes 😉

  • What would you say are some small steps that people can take to improve their relationship to the environment?

Recycling – it’s actually really easy once you get into the routine – we have three bins (paper, plastic, tins and glass) and we take them to the collection point every weekend – it is INCREDIBLE how much rubbish a family of four can generate… if we all recycled what we could the world would be a much healthier place!

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