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International Women’s Day Lessons – Emma Rapoport

Emma Rapoport helps individuals and teams reach their full potential through 1:1 or group coaching, or individually designed solutions. Ten years of global People Development roles at Google in London and New York City have given her extensive experience in Leadership Development, Talent Management and Executive Coaching. She has now taken a break from coaching and is focusing on her family with the third baby on the way!

Lessons learned:

“That whole ‘so you can have it all.’ Nope, not at the same time. That’s a lie. And it’s not always enough to lean in, because that shit doesn’t work all the time.” – Michelle Obama
“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.” Serena Williams
During the summer of last year my husband was moved to The Hague in The Netherlands with work. I had to make a quick decision about whether to continue my coaching and leadership development business (which I loved and was going from strength to strength) or to focus on the family (moving two girls under 3 to a new country is no joke!). I really battled with this decision: I felt that choosing to be mum & wife for a while meant that I was giving up or ‘leaning out’ of my career. I thought I’d lose a part of me. However, the move was complex and fast and it was the only thing that made sense. 6 months on, it was the best decision I could have made. I have been able to focus purely on my family for the first time (I returned to work quickly after having both girls) and I’m now getting precious time with them both. They are both blossoming, the move has been relatively smooth and now with baby number 3 on the way this is the right role for me at the moment. Michelle Obama’s quote – in fact her book ‘Becoming’ – has quietened the voice of my critical gremlin and reminded me we can’t do it all, or have it all. But that each choice needs to be right for you, and your loved ones in that moment. And nothing is forever. Tomorrow, who knows? Serena’s quote is just a wonderful reminder to me every day.