Working Mother

Jason Becker

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Deputy Director at Sanofi Pasteur, Scranton, Pennsylvan­ia

Jason and his wife, Laura, director of 2020 formulatio­n, have both been at Sanofi U.S. for nearly 40 years combined, in demanding jobs critical to producing lifesaving vaccines. Laura’s lateral move to lead a different platform afforded her more time with the couple’s two daughters, ages 12 and 10, while developing her career. What’s also allowed her to grow her career: Jason.

What’s your biggest challenge as a two-parent working family? Logistics. We’re constantly working with my wife’s parents to get the kids to and from school and all their activities (a dynamic variety of dance classes, soccer, basketball and acting) while covering meals. That effort is especially challengin­g when either of us is traveling for work or covering an unusual shift/meeting.

How do you break down chores? We outsource most outdoor duties ( lawn care, landscapin­g) to recover some weekend time. I typically handle laundry, general cleaning and anything that breaks. My wife typically handles meals and our calendar/activity planning. We split grocery shopping and bill paying. If you could wave a magic wand, what policy would you implement to ease working moms’ lives?

Safe, automated transporta­tion for children to get around.

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