Meet the Mom Support RingCentral Forum.
- Advice, encouragement and a safe space to share
- Open to moms, soon-to-be-moms, mother figures and more
- Introductory webinar happening on Thursday, 13th May @ 9am PST/12PM EST (Add this RCV link to your calendars to join)
Mother’s Day is May 9. A single day of recognition falls woefully short of what moms deserve, and of what they need. Fortunately, RingCentral’s Mom’s Employee Forum, called Mom Support Group, has arrived to fill in some of the gaps. Mom Support Group is the brainchild of Autumn Risick (Regional Partner Manager), Jessica Flannery (Senior Regional Partner Manager), and Siobhán Corley-Richards (Senior Web Content Strategist). Risick says the group delivers exactly the kind of support moms need now.
“We started this as a resource group — a safe place for mothers to share career challenges. So there’s a lot of time spent on work/life balance, but it’s expanded beyond that pretty quickly. Moms, soon-to-be-moms, mother figures, you name it, they’re here, asking for and sharing advice on all sorts of topics.”
Giving mothers the tools they need from the start
According to Risick, the process of going on maternity leave can feel like a full-time job. But it’s made a lot easier with the Mom Support Group Forum at your side.
“Last week we hosted a webinar with the wonderful Adri Jagoda from HR to review RingCentral’s maternity benefits and support. She spent some time sharing what our benefit packages do-and-don’t cover, how much time to take for maternity leave, answering benefits questions for women who are about to give birth and so forth. It can be a really confusing process, so it’s good to bring the conversation back to the group so members who’ve already been down that road can share their experiences.”
For those who missed the maternity benefits and support webinar, you can catch it here.
Way beyond the maternity ward
The Mom Support Group Forum supports women through every stage of motherhood, including the going back to work-part.
“We have moms giving advice on raising children with exceptional needs,” says Risick. “Moms who have experience with mental health issues – in their families or sometimes their own. And of course, we’ve all been trying to figure out our lives through the pandemic with kids home from school.”
A vision of support
What’s next for the Mom Support Group Forum? Growth, expansion and so much more than an RCV group. It’s a place where moms or those on a motherhood journey can come to lift each other up, learn, and grow.
“Ultimately, we want to be a place within RingCentral where women feel safe and supported and empowered through every stage of motherhood— and beyond. There’s nothing more purpose-driven than a mom, and we think that energy can be channeled into helping women build their careers and get the most out of their work and home lives.”
Support for every type of motherhood journey
Motherhood is complex and comes in many forms. Risick says there’s a level of support in the group that even those who aren’t moms in the traditional sense could benefit from.
“We’re only six weeks old, and we’re already at 70 members. That tells us – we’re meeting a need. Our members share needs across the spectrum of motherhood— the complicated pursuit of motherhood, the struggles and delights of being a mom, being a mother figure, and more. These women are just so passionate, supportive, and knowledgeable…they really want to be the best they can be in work and at home. I think we can be a resource for helping them do that, whether they’re moms or not.”
The Mom Support Group Forum will be hosting an introductory webinar on Thursday, 13th May @ 9am PST/12PM EST to share their purpose and gather ideas. Add this RCV link to your calendars to join. If you’re a mom, a soon-to-be-mom, a mom figure, or just interested in the ways moms navigate the world of work, check it out and join the conversation in the Mom Support Group on RCV. And while you’re at it, remember to call your mom this Mother’s Day. She misses you.
Originally published May 06, 2021