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CHRISTY SOV­ER­EIGN Se­nior Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Minneapolis, MN Mom to Matt, 17

When Christy had her son, the cor­po­rate world was very dif­fer­ent. Bath­rooms dou­bled as moth­ers’ rooms. Pa­ter­nity leave didn’t ex­ist. And there were fewer se­nior-level work­ing moth­ers as role mod­els. So, she be­gan chang­ing things. She re­placed out-of-town projects with lo­cal client work. She started talk­ing about her fam­ily more, en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to do the same. She helped women nav­i­gate their tran­si­tion to work­ing par­ents. Now she leads a 1,600-per­son team and man­ages the com­pany’s largest lo­cal clients. Ac­cen­ture says: “She’s al­ways there, ready to make work­ing moth­ers feel more con­fi­dent they can have a fam­ily and rise to the top.”

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