The WMR story
We are Cindy Scheer and Tina Shattuck, the developers of the Working mothers in Transition (WiT) Kit and travel agents for your expedition. We are both wives and mothers (with three children each) who were totally invested, successful and thriving in our traditional careers. Then we each stepped completely out of conventional ‘work’ and began working full-time for our families.
As our kids started school, we contemplated returning to the ‘work’ world. We realized that our value systems had changed—no longer were we satisfied just working for a paycheck or as Tina Turner sang, “working for the man every night and day.” (Although, we agree, money is a good thing!) After spending years teaching our children about the importance of values and dreams, we realized we needed to incorporate our own values and dreams into our lives.
Because we were both prepared to reenter the world of work outside of our families, we needed a resource that honestly and deeply helped mothers discover their next steps. Unfortunately, we discovered no meaningful modern and sincere guide to help on this important journey of self-discovery.
Both of us strongly believe in the energy and savvy of collective groups and in the intrinsic wisdom of women. Based on this premise, we decided to develop a workshop program for mothers transitioning from parenting to the next working phase—one that would utilize the strength of a collective group of peers and provide a consistent and reliable system of wisdom, guidance and support. It would be nonbiased, nonjudgmental and honoring to the intelligence of the participants. Regardless of individual passions, goals or dreams, a confident, clear, connected foundation would be created.
the wit kit
The story of what is now the WiT Kit began in 2010…
Working Mothers Revolution (WMR) applied over 20 years of research and personal experience in the field of executive coaching, personal growth and human resources to develop a workshop unique to mothers. We then tested them on groupsmof mothers in various phases of motherhood and transition – from unhappily working moms, stay-at-homes moms wanting to work but have no idea what they wanted to do, empty nest moms and everything in between. These groups met on a consistent basis for an entire year – testing different processes and giving us feedback. We very quickly confirmed that clarity, connection, community and a BIG dose of courage were essential to discovery and growth. Clarity of direction, connection to the authentic self, strong community and practical steps towards a goal were key to finding courage and keeping women motivated, moving forward, and accountable. Really, the knowledge of support and acceptance lets mothers dig deep and get to the core of who they are and what they want next. After that, WMR spent another two years enlisting a small army of women to test the kit in different formats, over different time periods, with varying group sizes. We tried it all, and along the way, reinforced and incorporated many ideas that came to us through those groups. We owe many mothers a great deal of gratitude for their belief in what we are doing, and in us.
During that testing time and in the years since, Cindy and Tina have been fortunate enough to be able to work with a lot of different groups & bring our workshops in various formats to a variety of organizations from cooperative pre-schools, back-to-work programs & through community college educators.