What Working Moms are saying:

“I think that there are a myriad of advancement/promotional issues I face as a working mother, for which I am offered very little to no support. The colleagues I have who do offer me support on these advancement issues can only help so far, because either they are not mothers, or have admittedly and decidedly not sought promotion for various reasons, including to comport with the view of what working mothers should be/want in my organization."

About the Leaders

Meredith Persily Lamel and Mimi Darmstadter are the founders and lead coach-facilitators for Working MAMA. They bring to Working MAMA thirty years of collective professional experience, spanning corporate, non-profit, and government environments. Their areas of expertise include leadership learning and performance, curriculum design, group facilitation and training, executive coaching, and organizational development.

Meredith and Mimi’s roles as mothers complement their experiences and inspired their design of Working MAMA. Their children are an ongoing source of pride and learning for them.

About Meredith:

Meredith Persily Lamel, Founding Principal of Aspire@Work,  is an executive coach, consultant, facilitator and instructor. Leaders often call on Meredith to facilitate the development of their vision and strategic goals. She then supports their success through individual and/or team coaching, organizational consulting, and customized professional development programs. She has facilitated dozens of retreats for corporations, nonprofit organizations, and Members of Congress.

Meredith also serves on the faculty of both American University’s Kogod School of Business and its School of Public Administration. She teaches courses on Transforming from Manager to Leader, Leading High Performance Teams, and Action Learning.

Previously, Meredith was Director of Training and Consulting for The Congressional Management Foundation where she consulted to Chiefs of Staff and Members of Congress. Prior to that, she was Director of Executive Education of CEB’s Corporate Leadership Council.  In this capacity, she delivered executive education programs to over 100 leading corporations in over ten countries. Meredith started her career as a telecommunications market analyst and Research Director for the telecommunications division of Economist Intelligence Unit, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Meredith graduated with an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA with honors from Brown University. She earned a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University and is credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach (P.C.C.) by the International Coach Federation. She is certified in The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®), The Leadership Circle ProfileTM, Appreciative Inquiry, and the Hay Group’s ESCI tool. She is also an authorized DiSC® facilitator and issuer. She serves on the Board of Directors of Pueblo a Pueblo, a nonprofit supporting child health and nutrition in indigenous communities of Guatemala. She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

About Mimi:

Mimi founded My Life’s Work Coaching & Consulting, in 2008. In addition to career and executive coaching practice, Mimi consults with organizations on workforce engagement, learning and performance, and leadership development issues. She is a frequent speaker on these topics. Mimi authors Wednesday Words where she regularly writes about coaching topics and frames them in opportunities for individual action and behavior change.  .

Mimi’s interest is working with high-achieving working mothers is reflected in some of her specific services. In addition to her Working MAMA activities, she regularly offers workshops that provide an opportunity for women to explore their life’s work.  Many of Mimi’s individual coaching clients are women who seek to reconcile their personal and professional  identities, goals, and responsibilities.

Between 1996 and 2008, Mimi held senior management roles for Covance Inc, culminating her her position as Senior Manager for Training and Development. In this capacity, she led the design and execution of numerous leadership development programs. She also championed Covance’s diversity training program and created a number of different programs to support employee effectiveness in a diverse workplace. Another highlight of her tenure at Covance was the design and administration of a global mentoring program. In 2001, Mimi received a Covance Way Award (e.g. employee of the year), awarded to 2% of the workforce for her work on culture building activities and other HR initiatives.

Mimi began her professional career as a training manager for the National Network for Youth. In this position, she provided training design and delivery services to youth workers nationally in the areas of health prevention services (e.g. HIV/AIDS).

A health enthusiast personally, Mimi is also a fitness instructor.

Mimi is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Certificate Program. She earned a Masters Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. She holds a double Bachelors Degree in Psychology/Creative Writing from the University Michigan in Ann Arbor where she was the recipient of a Hopwood Award for Underclassman Fiction Writing.