Many women aim to combine motherhood and their ability to give back to the community and hold down a job. They love being able to inspire the next generation. One doctor who has shown her own boys that it is possible to become a medical professional and a great parent is Dr. Jennifer Walden. Dr. Jennifer Walden is a native of Austin, Texas. Here she had a wonderful girlhood with her loving parents. After she left in order to further her career and become one of the nation’s leading plastic surgeons, she still yearned for the place that made her so happy when she was growing up. She wanted to return to her family and raise a family of her own. She wanted her own kids to reconnect with her roots and to discover what it means to be a born and bred Texan. It’s no wonder that she’s come back to this thriving community where she remains an important part of the medical scene and a doctor with an impressive regional practice.
In doing so, she’s brought her twin boys along for the ride. As she loves to show off on her Instagram feed, she wants her own sons to appreciate where she learned to become a doctor. She’s shown them that they can also become doctors just as she did. In her Instagram account, it’s evident that she’s very much a hands on mom who takes lots of time to be with her boys as they grow up. She wants them to be part of this safe and secure community where all those who want to combine family and a profession can find a place to live and love. Her actions over the years have demonstrated that she understands the concerns of her fellow working women and wants to help them look and feel good as they work so closely with the upcoming generation in front of them. Her own parenting style is about bringing the best possible educational opportunities to her boys. Just as she’s done in the past, she wants the next generation to love science.
Tech industry entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky recently conducted an interview with A Drink With. He is a co-founder of the deals website Groupon and is its chairman of the board. He also co-founded Tempus, Inc., and is the CEO, which is a company that provides an operating system that doctors can use to more effectively treat cancer through the use of technology. His company provides doctors with genomic sequencing services which allows them to more effectively treat patients using data, removing a lot of the guesswork they formerly had to do.
During this interview Eric Lefkofsky said that he gets up each workday at 5:00 am and gets to his office an hour later. He will take a break in the morning to get his workout in but, otherwise, he pretty much works nonstop all day. He will spend less than 15 minutes eating lunch and leaves his office around 6:00 to 6:30 in the early evening.
He says that he used to be able to stop thinking about work when the day was done. That has gotten harder for him in recent years as he is in leadership positions with a few companies. As he points out Groupon alone has 11,000 people working for it who work in 48 countries around the world. There is always something going on somewhere so he has to check his emails anymore even when he isn’t in the office.
Eric Lefkofsky says that he and his various business partners have had their hand in around 60 or 70 companies. He used to really enjoy keeping track of all that and doing his part to make these companies successful. He said that he took a vacation with his family to Asia and they spent two months visiting different countries. When he returned to his position as the CEO of Groupon and he says he decided to really focus on just that one company for a few years. He is now mostly focused on making Tempus a success and providing the tools that doctors need to successfully treat cancer patients.