Meet Lakshmi (Lucky) Reddy who, along with her husband, founded case-mate in 2006. Case-mate, based in Tucker, Georgia, creates innovative accessories and products designed to protect consumers’ laptops, cameras, mobile devices and more. Originally from India, now living in Atlanta, Reddy is the mother of two children who offers her advice on how to juggle being a working professional and mother.
1. After your children were born what made you decide to go back to work?
Starting a family was a natural progression for me as a woman and wife. I had my daughter after I joined an Atlanta-based company, wherein I worked until the due date. I took time off from that company to have my son, and at the same time got involved in working with my husband on his contract manufacturing business and then we began case-mate together and I’ve enjoyed a fun roller coaster ride working with my husband ever since.
I truly enjoy what I do and my professional life plays a role in my overall happiness, which definitely betters me as a person, a wife and a mother. Having the support of family has encouraged me to follow my dreams.
2. How do you manage to balance work and family?
I credit my family – my husband, my children, our parents and my nanny – as key reasons why I’m able to live my dreams as a working mom. I also have the flexibility to work at my hours, thanks to the case-mate family! By staying focused on building my family along with managing my career I have managed to create a happy space for myself. I continuously strive to create a balance between work and family, and that’s what keeps me going!
3. How do you make time for yourself?
There is no time off if you work with family and work for family! But, luckily I have flexible hours, which gives me the opportunity to take time off and spend quality time with my children. Of late I have assigned a day off in the week for myself, and while in our line of work – the technology industry is incredibly fast-paced – it is sometimes hard, but absolutely invaluable. I actually now take time to meet and connect with friends, catch up with my daughter’s school activities and play with my son. It completely rejuvenates me.
4. How did becoming a mom give you a new or different perspective on parenting?
Parenting came naturally to me. I have always loved to hang out with children and believe that you can see God in them. After four years of a happy marriage I felt the need to have my own kids and was lucky enough to have two wonderful children.
My parents are my role models. They taught me that patience is a virtue that every mother should nurture and to realize that there is a lot to learn from children and how they look at life. My children have taught me to appreciate little things in life and that love has no boundaries.
5. What advice do you have for other mothers ready to go back to work?
When you’re ready go to back to work, it’s important to prioritize what you want to do on a daily basis. I’d recommend creating a schedule for all aspects of your life — a schedule for the kids, for the family and for work. I’ve always found it very useful to plan ahead whenever possible and ask for help when you need it. If you become over-tasked, you’re likely to become unhappy and that will directly impact your kids and your family and even your work. So, be mindful of what’s on your to-do list, ask for help and prioritize.
6. Why do you think Atlanta is a great place to be a working mother?
Ever since I moved from India, Atlanta has offered me a home, a job and a life. Atlanta has business owners that are always striving to push the envelope and be on the cutting edge and I find it exciting to be a part of this community. Also, this city manages to be both southern and traditional, while also being modern and forward-thinking, which creates a really energetic vibe that I love.
And, Atlanta offers a nice array of childcare support: private day care, churches offering supervised play times, and, fitness programs that allow moms to get in shape with their kids in tow.
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