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Orange on Green: From One Working Mother to Another

Orange on Green: From One Working Mother to Another
Sure, making money is important, but the ability to balance earning a wage and enjoying time with family is not an easy task. A local bank VP has figured out a system that may work for you.

090610FINANCE.jpgJillian Snavley is a bubbly, 30-year-old vice president, senior recruiting manager for PNC Bank. Married, with a 3-year old daughter, Snavley works 60 to 70 hours a week, gets her seven hours of sleep per night and still has breakfast and dinner every day with her family. This balancing act has not come easy, however.

 

"When I get home for dinner, the Blackberry is turned off. I log-off and step away. We eat dinner as a family, and then I spend about three hours with my daughter," Snavley says. "I get a few more hours of work in after she is asleep. Sam [my husband] and I usually watch our favorite show before we shut it off for the day." When asked about balancing time with Sam, Jillian says, "We do a date night every other week."

 

Sam does the housework as the family recently decided to go to one income. "Sam takes care of the home, which allows me to dedicate 100 percent of my time to family when I am home. It has taken us four years to figure out our system, and it works for us."

 

Making the transition from a dual income to one is certainly not easy. "We have created a strict budget. We are sacrificing on the materialistic things that were once important to us. I will be using public transportation to get to work. We want to be realistic, and our priorities have changed. Having children will do that to you." Snavley says. "It is a lifestyle change that is difficult. We used to go buy whatever for ourselves and for our daughter. We realized that the materialistic things aren't getting us anywhere." 090610FINANCE2.jpg

 

Many young professionals often get caught up in materialism when making a good income coming out of college. Snavley provides insight to those coming behind her. "We splurged more than we should. Keep this in check. Keep a pocket of savings. Have a plan. Get a financial advisor that holds you accountable to a budget and helps you maintain that balance and perspective," she says.

 

As a young female professional in a perceived male-dominated financial world, Snavley has found being a woman neither an advantage nor detriment. "PNC has focused on diversity in the workforce, and there is an emphasis for women to make their mark at the bank. I was working part-time a year ago, and I am humbled by such a quick rise to my current role," she says. "PNC recognized my passion and work ethic for the business and felt I would be the best candidate for the position."

  

In the past, and still today, there are those who believe that women are not considered for a position based on gender. SassyMoma-In-Story-GIF.GIF"It wasn't about meeting the demand for more female VP's. I believe employers have matured and the concerns about gender discrimination, at least at PNC, are not an issue. Women should not be fearful of working their way up in any industry."

 

Mastering the art of nurturer and money maker is a balancing act that women must work on every day. "We have created what we believe works for us," Snavley says. "Not every day is rosy, but Sam and I continue to communicate and work as a team to raise our child (future 'ren') in an environment that allows them to learn the importance of life balance."

 

Registered Representative and Financial Advisor of Park Avenue Securities, LLC (PAS). Securities products/services and advisory services offered through PAS, a registered broker-dealer and investment advisor. Financial Representative, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY. PAS is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian. Lifetime Financial Growth, LLC is not an affiliate or subsidiary of PAS or Guardian. Orange Financial, LLC and Lifetime Financial Growth Company are not affiliates or subsidiaries of PAS or Guardian.

 

PAS is a member FINRA/SIPC

 



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Photo courtesy of Jillian Snavely
Models: Jillian Snavely, daughter

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Photo courtesy of Jillian Snavely
Models: Jillian Snavely, daughter and Sam Snavely

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