Diana Tucker is the pinnacle of what working mothers can achieve. She’s the MuleSoft Channels and Alliances Director for ANZ and JPAC. This would be a highly challenging role on its own, yet, somehow, she manages to do it while raising 4 children.
Diana Tucker has it all.
She’s had a long and successful career in tech. She’s worked for industry giants like Microsoft, and today, she’s the Channels and Alliances Director for ANZ and JPAC at Mulesoft.
As well as working this demanding job, Diana is the attentive mother to 4 children. So, how does she do it?
In our chat she shared her secrets to success, and her advice for those looking to follow her lead.
Working Mothers Need to Pace Themselves
Diana points out that acceptance and balance are the keys to success. As she says:
You can have bursts in your career. You can’t be sprinting all the time. It really is a marathon, not a sprint”– Diana Tucker
This was very much the case after Diana had her first child. For the 8 years following she worked part time, and in less demanding roles.
Although it delayed her career progression, slowing down enabled her to prioritise parenting. She knew she couldn’t do it all at once, so she paced herself and sought out external help when needed.
The Role of Male Allies
Diana also stressed the important supporting role male allies play. She singled out two key types of allies: managers and partners.
Male managers support their female employees by granting additional maternity leave and offering flexibility. They do this while ensuring women get access to projects that will challenge them and help advance their career.
Partners need to take on their fair share of the physical and mental load involved in keeping a home running. Diana recommends men take paternity leave and be the primary carer for a few months to understand what it’s like.
Being a working mum is one of the most requested podcast topics from our listeners, so it was a joy to finally tackle it. I feel particularly blessed to have had on such a wonderful, and qualified, guest to discuss it.
In this episode we cover:
- Diana’s career journey from Project Manager, to Director of Channels and Alliances, Australia and New Zealand at Mulesoft – including how she accelerated her career after having kids
- How saying yes to opportunities that scared her resulted in career success
- We discuss how some of her male mentors helped accelerate her career, and the most important characteristic a male ally can learn to support women in the workplace
- Diana shares her experience in attempting to stop work multiple times to be a full time Mum, and why she ended up returning back to work
- Diana provides some great practices she uses to manage her career in tech, with her duties as a Mum
- She shares her advice for women who experience guilt after returning from maternity leave, leaving their child at daycare, leaving work early, or missing their child when they’re sick
- How Mulesoft helped expectant mothers and parents
- The benefits working mothers provide an organisation
- And so much more!
- Diana Tucker on LinkedIn
- Mulesoft Website, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram
- Book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
- Working Mothers Course, Blissful Bread Winner
- Book, Thrive – Arianna Huffington
- Book, Shifting Gears – Robin Rose
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What a great episode, thanks for sharing the insights Diana and great questions Tamara.
Thank you for tuning in. I am grateful you loved the episode just as much as I did 🙂