can-do attitude you can do a lot of things. A negative attitude
doesn’t produce long-term results.”
She said such optimism for women — including her
daughter — is justified, as corporate climates are changing.
Although Day believes family-friendly balance will always
be a challenge, she sees “tremendous strides” across
“I work with accounting firms and law firms, which have
traditionally been very conservative. But even they are
becoming extremely flexible because they don’t want to lose
talent. One of the firms we work with has done a women’s
power project, hiring coaches for women to see how they can
transition to the next level and still have a balanced life.”
Day believes corporations are also seeking different
gender and ethic perspectives on their boards.
"Companies seeking better balance in both their workforce
and in their advisory boards can better meet competitive
As she reflected on her 1988 graduation from the
University, she remembered not only what she learned in
the classroom but also what she learned from her entire
college experience: juggling work, studies, sorority and those
Crimsonette practice sessions.
“I’m extremely proud to be a graduate of The University
of Alabama and Culverhouse. Crimson forever runs through
my veins. My educational and life experiences gained while
attending the University helped build a strong foundation for
a successful life and career.
“That taught me how to do things now,” she said. “Being
academically off the charts is great, but what happens when
you have to balance life? I always tell people that you want to
be able to do a lot of different things. You’ve got to have not
only the intellect but the people skills when you’re running a
“You’ve got to learn to balance.”
Jean McLean is a freelance writer based in Montevallo,