08 Aug 2016
Writing the Book on BalanceTopics:
Meredith Oppenheim (MBA 2001) is an entrepreneur and a working mother. In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, she talks about that balancing act and how it led to her coauthoring a children’s book, Really Ready to Read, with her young daughter and launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publishing.
“Brielle was part of the entire creation, promotion, production, and distribution of the book,” said Oppenheim. “She saw firsthand the amount of time and effort that goes into such an undertaking and really enjoyed working with my husband and me to scan pages, adhere labels and stamp her signature in the 500 books we had printed.”
As for managing the demands of a busy working parent (she oversees a large senior housing portfolio for a REIT), she observed, “Three years ago, I made a decision to adjust my work hours to a 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 8 to 11 p.m. schedule. I did not want to miss the opportunity to spend time with my daughter during her most formidable years, my parents who enjoy good health but whose needs have evolved, and my grandma who just passed away two years ago. My husband and I are like a tag-team, working together to get through the family to-do list and make sure we both have downtime to just enjoy our daughter and each other as much as possible.”
Class of MBA 2001, Section E