About the Author

cropped-ar429-01.jpg Vidhya Ravi is a work-life integration expert and freelance writer who brings a practical and realistic approach to integrating the challenges and pleasures of managing a full time job while raising children.  She’s at work on her first book, focused on tips, tricks, stories and advice on how to manage through the day to day as a full-time working parent.

Vidhya is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area where she currently resides with her family of two children – a boy and a girl, both under the age of five, her husband –  a marketing executive at a Fortune 500 technology company, and her shetland sheep dog, Leela.  While her work and life may not always be in perfect balance, she continues to run the marathon focusing on boundaries, priorities, and promising to always be present when it counts.

Vidhya holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California – Los Angeles, and a master’s in business administration, with a focus on marketing, from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.  She’s financially competent and has passed all four parts of the California Uniform CPA exam.  Vidhya has experience across a wide variety of industries (consumer products, finance,  technology, and social media) and functions (finance, sales, marketing, corporate citizenship and strategic planning).  She currently works as a marketing executive at a Fortune 500 social media company, where she manages partner marketing for a corporate citizenship initiative in Asia.  She’s also a contributing writer to Lifehack.org and online magazine Sharp Heels.

Vidhya knew she would face many challenges in her life, but she never thought that raising children as part of a dual-income family would be the hardest thing she’s ever done.  While she looks up to many  female senior executive role models, and finds inspiration and high level guidance in many of their stories and books, she struggled to find clear cut tools and practical frameworks to manage through the day-to-day challenges of melding work with life, particularly once she became a parent.  How do parents that are still trying to grow their careers, who may not have significant economic means, are battling long commutes and monstrous childcare bills, or suddenly find themselves on this journey alone supposed to make it work (and still sleep at night, sometimes)?

By creating Have Kids, Will Work, Vidhya wanted to continue the journey of answering these questions and find ways to help working parents everywhere better learn to cope, survive, and even thrive in their lives – while managing the unique day to day challenges.  Have Kids, Will Work is not about “How to get promoted” or “How to have it all”, but it is about finding ways to navigate your own unique situation, learning to work with what you have, and committing to happiness so you can thrive in this phase of your life.  It won’t last forever, so make sure you enjoy it.

To learn more about Have Kids, Will Work, or to inquire about working with Vidhya:

  • email her at havekidswillwork@gmail.com
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