by Wendy Rose Gould · 28 Feb 2020 · 8 min read
Having a successful career and a happy home life can prove to be a difficult goal for a lot of working mothers, but Yale-educated and Columbia-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Lara Devgan proves that through determination, hard work, and a lot of organization, working moms really can have the best of both worlds.
I have a confession: I've never really enjoyed working for other people. Why? Well, for starters, I'm selfish. If there's a final bite of shared dessert on the plate, I'll eat it. If I go even one day without hitting the gym, I'm resentful. Once the coffee is made, I pour myself a cup of coffee before I offer it to my husband. I hoard time the way others hoard possessions. I'm selfish with my thoughts. I like to be alone. Sometimes, I stick my daughter in front of a cartoon just so I can hear myself think.
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Dear Liz, even before the pandemic, I had a hard time getting work. That big ten-year gap in my work history (even with the Navy service in there!) just trips people up. I don't understand how that kind of experience, plus my education, plus my term of service, doesn't seem to matter. I would get callbacks to ask me about my time out of the workforce (before I'd even get an interview) followed by radio silence. These days, I don't even get calls. I know the labor market is crunched right now, but I need to get back out there. If employers couldn't get past that gap before the pandemic, do I have any hope at finding work now?
Before launching Kindred Bravely, I was a high school math teacher; I’d never even thought of designing clothes or starting a business. Becoming a mom opened me up to the idea of creating something and ended up changing my life in more ways than I ever expected.