Kelly Lin has been working at TIAA for 16 years. She started out fielding client questions and now is a Wealth Management Advisor in our New York City office. Kelly is the mother of a 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son.
What are the most challenging and rewarding parts of being a working parent?
I feel guilty when I have to miss practices, games, school events held during work hours, but work gives me a sense of self, a way to contribute to society, and a form of expression that is entirely my own.
What’s your definition of success as a working parent?
Seeing my children grow up to be independent, thoughtful, caring individuals who have the heart to pursue their life with passion and the bravery and mindfulness to learn and grow from mistakes and challenges.
How does TIAA support you in that goal?
TIAA embraces inclusion, diversity and creativity in achieving personal and professional new heights and goals.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received as a working parent?
My best friend told me that I am the best role model that my daughter and son will ever have. That it is the best and hardest job because we get to show them the value of dreaming, hard work, perseverance and the satisfaction of achieving financial independence — and how to have individual impact while being part of a team.
What’s your best advice for other working parents?
Give yourself permission to occasionally have missteps and bad days — it’s part of life and shows others and our kids that is acceptable to not “be perfect all the time.” Rather, mistakes and missteps are gifts and lessons that can make us better the next time around.