Mar 05, 2012

Mamma Manager! Maria Giudice and Friends Present at 2012 SXSW

Remember that each person is unique.

Get everyone to play nice together.

Work past tantrums and conflicts.

Learn from mistakes.

Parents do these things every day when dealing with their kids. And many successful managers have similar duties when working with their employees. Indeed, there’s often surprising overlap between parenting and managing, but precious little discussion of how the two relate to one another. Can’t being a good parent help make you a better manager?

That’s the question that Maria Giudice, Hot Studio’s Founder and CEO, and an all-star panel of presenters will answer during an hour-long talk at SXSW on March 12, 2012. The talk, “Moms (plus one dad) vs. Management,” looks at the strategies and lessons that successful managers have brought from parenting into their working lives.

“Over time, I’ve become more and more aware of the ways that being a parent has affected my work managing people at Hot,” says Maria, a proud parent of two. “And when I started talking to other managers that are parents, they often said the same thing. But it’s not something people really talk about in general.”

Maria will be joined at SXSW by a remarkable group of speakers. Lourdes Alba, Project Manager at Pixar, will discuss ways of encouraging collaboration. Margaret Stewart, who leads YouTube’s User Experience team, will look at ways of managing conflict. And Mike Tschudy, VP of Product Design at SAP and father of twin boys, will talk about recognizing and nurturing different personalities.

“I’ve found managing and parenting to be tricky pursuits,” says Mike. “Being effective in either often has more to do with how to recover from your mistakes rather than a sure fire ‘secret sauce’ for success.”

Whether you’re a parent, manager, or none of the above, the talk promises to be a fun and illuminating hour.

WHEN: Monday, March 12, 2012 / 12:30pm - 1:30pm
WHERE: Courtyard Marriott, Austin, TX

Panel description.

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