Name: Laurie Silvers
Job Title: Co-CEO, Hollywood.com
City: Boca Raton, Florida
Number of Children/Other Dependents: 3 adult children
Do you think having “it all” is realistic or overrated? Why?
Unrealistic. The work-family balance is in constant flux. To be done right, both work and family each demand almost 100% of your time and energy. To have a successful career there are family obligations that have to be sacrificed and the same is true of a successful family life. There are choices that have to be made and that means you simply can’t have it all.
What does having “it all” mean to you?
I have the luxury of looking back at this point in my career. If asked this question 20 years ago it would have meant being at the top of my game career-wise and having a happy, loving family. However, to have these requires time and attention. They don’t just happen. So at this point, having it all means being content and happy with my career goals and accomplishments and keeping my family front and center.
What is the best advice you have ever received on balancing your personal and professional lives?
Create a strong support group. Whether it is a family member, a friend or a trusted employee, surround yourself with people who can help you when you have to be two places at one time. That is the most valuable advice I ever received and it is as applicable today as it was 20 years ago when I was first starting my career and raising my family.
If you had an extra hour in your day, how would you spend it?
Are you kidding…sleeping! A good night’s sleep is aspirational!
Looking back at when you started in the profession, and knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self?
Be brave. Don’t be afraid to take risks, be as smart as you can and always be yourself.
Do you deal with guilt in trying to balance your personal and professional lives?
I used to have guilt, I’m over it. I just try to be the best person I can be and let the chips fall where they may.
What single change do you believe would have the biggest impact on work life balance or quality of life?
A work environment that fully recognizes that most child rearing responsibilities fall on the shoulders of women. Making this a priority to help working mothers.
What part of “balance” do you struggle with?
What part of “balance” are you improving at?
As a working parent, how do you balance your career and your role as a parent?
Prioritizing what the high impact times are for my family and making sure that I am there.
How important is civic and/or professional involvement to you and why?
For me it is the third part my balance: Family/Career/Philanthropy
What’s the advice you would give a young lawyer seeking to strike a “balance” between family, self, and the practice of law or achieve better quality of life?
I think the advice is found throughout my answers above.