Courageous Conversations with Sallyanne Ballweg and Jennifer Owens


Courageous Conversations with Sallyanne Ballweg and Jennifer Owens

On Friday, October 21st at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York, Mom-mentum is hosting Long Island’s only conference for professional working mothers: Achieving Extraordinary. Bringing together a powerful group of speakers, this conference will provide an open forum for women to enhance their leadership skills, engage in high-level networking and participate in compelling conversations with top women business leaders. You can find out more and register for the conference here.



Every life journey is unique. On October 21st our Professional Working Mothers’ Conference: Achieving Extraordinary will celebrate these unique journeys by featuring courageous conversations between well known industry leaders during our Voices of Work Life dialogue.

This year our panelists include: Katie Coleman, Sally Ballweg, Lori McMahon, and Karen Boorshtein. Jennifer Owens—Editorial Director of Working Mother Magazine and Founding Director of the Working Mother Research Institute— will moderate a conversation around each panelist’s unique journey. During the inspiring and interactive dialogue, they will discuss the challenges faced and the tools used to accomplish their own work/life success, while also sharing how flexibility, dedication and persistence helped lead them towards professional and personal success.

Today, we will give you a glimpse into two of our participants’ lives—Jennifer Owens and Sally Ballweg—in hopes of highlighting the importance of building and utilizing a support system to accomplish your career goals. We asked our panelists the following question:

What has been your key component
to your support system as a working parent?

Sallyanne Ballweg

Senior Executive Vice President First National Bank of Long Island

As the Senior Executive Vice President of The First National Bank of Long Island Sallyanne has risen professionally, while also remaining a devoted volunteer for a broad array of charitable and civic organizations including acting as past Vice Chair of Mom-mentum (formerly the National Association of Mothers’ Centers, NAMC). Recognized as one of Long Island’s “Top 50 Women” and a Women of Distinction for the State of New York, Sallyanne responded to our question by recounting the significance family, childcare and friends played in her own support system…

“An effective support system needs to be dynamic and adaptive since work and family responsibilities change. When my son was born in the late 1980’s, I relied on a terrific childcare provider, my husband, and my in-laws for support. My outstanding boss permitted me to work at home one day a week for my son’s early years, which helped enormously.  When my son was in elementary school, my district had an after school program. Through it all, my friends, like-minded colleagues and Mom-mentum were there as resources to help me and keep me grounded.”


Jennifer Owens

jenniferowens_blogAs the editorial director of Working Mother magazine and founding director of the Working Mother Research Institute (WMRI), Jennifer is an award-winning editor and writer on women’s issues, workplace and parenting trends—leading the editorial mission of Working Mother Media and the National Association for Female Executives. Jennifer’s key support components revolve around technology and the role it plays in making sure can stay on top of her extensive to-do list…

“Shared Google calendars are the keystone to my work family bridge. It’s how I track my travels and my to dos — and everyone else’s. In fact, if it’s not on my calendars, then it’s just not going to happen.”


Every person’s journey IS unique. We thank Sallyanne and Jennifer for sharing their experiences here. Continue to be inspired by their strategies and challenges while raising families and building a professional presence on October 21st at our Achieving Extraordinary Conference.

You will be motivated to examine work and life in a whole new way!


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