Meet Michele DiVito, RSM’s 2019 Working Mother of the Year
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION |
Michele DiVito is a dedicated single mother of two who exemplifies bravery and compassion in both her personal and professional lives. From managing an industry team to driving growth in the practice to being requested by clients by name, she is a leader in her region and industry practice. Described as the strongest technical not-for-profit resource in the Northeast, Michele dedicates herself to providing exceptional client service and supporting diversity in the firm, all while raising two empathetic, fun-loving girls.
After a divorce from her partner four years ago, Michele made the brave decision to have her second daughter on her own. With support from her parents, siblings and colleagues, Michele is now an expert in balancing her roles as senior director and mother.
“The responsibilities of a single mother are much greater than those of one with a co-parent. Thankfully, I have a lot of family nearby to rely on. Even my oldest daughter loves to be mommy’s little helper.”
Through her involvement with RSM’s Pride ENG, Michele lives the firm’s values by supporting diversity, promoting women in the workplace and fighting stereotypes about working mothers.
“Lots of people think that after you have a kid, you come back to work a different person who can’t accomplish as much or work as hard because of your family. But I’ve always been an overachiever and my goal is to become a partner at RSM. I work very hard toward this goal and I strive to teach my girls by example that they can be anything they want to be as long as they put their minds to it.”
Whether the day’s activities include Girl Scouts, softball or a school event, Michele makes sure to multitask and communicate with her team to be present for both her clients and her daughters. Even on business trips, she always thinks of her daughters, Olivia and Emily, making sure to bring home a souvenir or gift for them. “For me, my priority always has to be at home. Luckily, with technology, I have the ability to stay home with a sick kid, for example, and still get work done.”
Through the Pride ENG, Michele has learned to self-reflect on what her abilities, strengths and limits are and when to ask for help. “Like many other working parents, I have to travel, but I always make sure my girls feel comfortable and loved, whether they’re staying with their grandparents or an aunt or uncle. Staying organized and being present wherever you are is key to a work/life balance. That way, everyone is getting the best of you.”
Michele’s advice for other working parents? “Communicate! Be open with your friends and family about things that are weighing on you. My colleagues have been very helpful in understanding that my hours may be unconventional at times. If there’s one thing this experience has taught me, it’s that it’s okay to ask for help.”
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