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3 Lessons I Learned from Making a Difficult Career Choice Mid-Pandemic

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A lot of people had hard decisions to make during the pandemic — especially women. Although I didn’t have to choose between my family and my career or anything nearly so drastic, I did have my own decision to make. It wasn’t easy, but it paid off in the end, and I want to share that story and what I learned from it.

I already had a great job working at Deloitte. In fact, I’d recently been promoted and found myself running both the Google Marketing Platform Alliance and the Google Cloud Alliance. I was very visible with the firm and working with some of the smartest and most innovative people in the technology industry. This also meant I was supporting almost a billion dollar's worth of business activity, and that felt pretty amazing. After all, I come from humble beginnings, and my climb up the marketing ranks hasn’t been what you’d call a traditional one. But along came a great company (my current employer Jellyfish) that offered me the global chief marketing officer position. For years, I’d been thinking about if I had what was required to be a CMO, and the opportunity that was being held out was, frankly, nothing less than my dream job.

At this point, it might sound like the easiest decision in the world. After all, how could I turn down my dream job? Spoiler alert: In the end, I didn’t. I took the job, but making that choice was hard for a number of reasons, most of them related to the pandemic.

Because of Covid-19, everything was in flux. Adding more instability........

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