March is Women’s History Month. All month long, we will be interviewing each of the talented, intelligent, and hardworking women of Milestone Consulting.
Today, we’re featuring our Marketing Director, Rachel Mathews. Here’s what she had to say.
What is your position at Milestone? How long have you been there?
I split my time as both the Marketing Director at Milestone, and the Executive Director of the Bairs Foundation. I enjoy the hybrid role because no two days are the same, and it keeps things interesting and me busy! I just hit my one-year mark at the start of March.
Tell us something particularly unique about your background.
My career trajectory has been anything but linear. I’ve always had an interest in social justice, so after college I spent a year as an AmeriCorps member, working at a small non-profit. I’ve also always been interested in the legal industry, so I followed that with several years of working as a paralegal, toying with the idea of going to law school. A few years ago I moved to San Francisco – where it’s hard not to get into the tech scene – so I then transitioned to working at a very early stage start up. After 4 years in tech, I moved back to Buffalo and into my role(s) here at Milestone. You could say that I am always guided by my passions and interests, so while it may seem circuitous, I feel like every job has somehow sensibly led to the next one.
From your perspective, what are some of the main struggles women still face in the workforce, and how are professionals and businesses working to overcome them?
Changing the workplace doesn’t just happen overnight. Our modern-day notion of work and the workplace was formed around what works best for men, and it will take a lot of effort and intention to adapt processes and infrastructures to include what works best for women. Seemingly-masculine characteristics get associated with success: being outspoken, bold, competitive, hungry, and willing to put work above all else. These traits may not come as naturally to women, which can result in them seeming timid, not as confident, and sadly, not as intelligent. Women, especially mothers, may need flexibility and a better emphasis on work-life balance. Professionals and businesses are working and can continue to work to overcome these struggles by striving to understand that what works for one person may not work for another; what one person responds to another may not. They can strive to be patient and flexible, and adapt this notion of what the workplace should look like.
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Milestone Consulting, LLC is a broad-based settlement planning and management firm. Milestone’s approach is comprehensive and future-focused. The team has guided thousands of clients by taking the time to understand the complexities of each case. They assess the best outcome and find the path that enables each client to manage their many needs. Read more about Milestone Consulting at http://milestoneseventh.com/.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).