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Caroline De Marco
Caroline De Marco has a mom's "American Dream" because her employer and her husband are sensitive to the flexibility she needs as a mom.
Caroline De Marco
Caroline: You think everyone else has, you know, you know, the clothes are washed the cooking is done, uh uh that's cause you just came over;
Well before you come over Caroline De Marco’s house, she has work to do as a Senior Marketing Manager for Glaxo Smith Kline where she’s been employed for nearly half of her life.
Caroline: I started here in 1988, straight out of Howard University, straight out of school. I've been in many positions since then. I've been in HR. I’ve been in Consumer Healthcare. I’ve been in Finance, and in Sales and Marketing. This is all of Managed Markets.
And over the years Caroline has earned many awards for her achievements.
Linda: I see you’ve received the green M&M award.
(Walking in home son greets her.)
And Grand Mom hands off two of her growing achievements when she comes home from work.
Linda: How does this company help you be effective as a mom and also be productive as an employee?
Caroline: Well Glaxo Smith Kline has tried very hard to build a culture. One that is really is conducive to letting mothers work. I feel as though people trust the work that I do and know that I will get the work done.
Caroline really exemplifies a mother who has it all together.
Caroline: Let's show Linda the family room where we watch Sponge Bob all the time. So if there's a time when I have to pick up my children or I have to work from home. That flexibility is there.
Caroline: He loves you Linda.
Linda: I'm taking him home.
Caroline: Yeah by 3 am you'll bring him back. I guarantee you that.
Caroline: They're not trying to put up roadblocks. They're trying to facilitate your growth and your development, and look when you’re happy inside your more productive.
Caroline: Patients are now going on line and sometimes more informed about what’s going on then their physician. I work with an incredible group in marketing and planning. They really believe in what they’re doing as a healthcare organization to really try and make people's lives better.
Linda: Your husband chose to make some adjustments himself when you had children?
Caroline: Yes. Yes he worked for a local health care company and when we had our son we had childcare already arranged as they say. You want to make God laugh you tell him your plan.
So when childcare fell through at the last minute, Jason, Caroline’s husband made their home his new place of business and Caroline felt secure about continuing her career.
Linda: He's not affected by stereotypes?
Caroline: He’s not. We just made the decision that one of us should be home.
And because her husband and her employer enable Caroline to do her best, she is able to give back to the community through her work with Leadership Inc. and her sorority AKA by granting college scholarships to deserving youths.
Linda: Do you think you're living the American Dream and what is that dream for you?
Caroline: I believe I'm living the American dream because I've been able to define what success looks like for me and my family and I feel as thought I have that. I think that what's important is that you have to define for yourself what it is and not worry what other people think and know in your heart that you're doing the right thing. When I stopped worrying about the things that I didn't have and started focusing on the blessings that I do have that let me know I already have the American dream.
Listening to music (…Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave)
Caroline: Or the land of the free and the home of the brave.