To the working mom: It's all about balance

Alysia Gawrick, RSM boomerang

Culture RSM alumni

My RSM US LLP (RSM) story began as an intern in 2010, the summer before I graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University. I'm so grateful for my internship where I could learn RSM's culture, understand the office dynamics, meet the team I would potentially work with, and ultimately decide RSM was where I wanted to start my career. At the end of my internship, I was offered a full-time tax position with RSM, graduated from NWU, successfully passed my CPA exam, accepted the full-time tax position and started my career at RSM. About two years later, I transitioned into the state and local tax department.

Alysia Gawrick

After a few years with RSM, my husband and I wanted to start a family. To do this, we knew we needed more work-life balance. So I went on a limb, decided to leave public accounting and RSM, and transitioned into internal auditing at a life insurance company. I was interested in this company because of the strong women leadership they had at the helm. I’ve always admired leadership that exudes authenticity, compassion and empathy, and that’s what I saw in my new role.

My new leader allowed me to think creatively to determine what risks were present and devise a plan to mitigate them. One of the major developments I worked on was a tax transformation project where I found myself using skills I learned at RSM to improve their technology while streamlining their tasks to make the department more efficient.

As I settled into my new role, I had triplets (yes, triplets!). They were born at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and my work-life balance was more important than ever. I knew I wanted a remote role to manage my time caring for my three young children while also progressing in my career. But I wondered, how could I do both?

During my time away from RSM, I stayed connected with many former colleagues who became friends. While looking for other jobs, my friend Evan Fullmer, state and local tax senior manager, reached out and asked if I would ever consider returning to RSM. I felt nostalgic for all my RSM memories—the people and the work, so I said, of course! There was one condition for returning, though: to have the flexibility to work from home. Fortunately, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, RSM enhanced its flexibility benefits to ensure its people felt supported in caring for themselves or family members when needed. In our family, we live by a quote from The Home Edit organizing system: "We are surviving, not thriving," and RSM's flexibility benefits allowed me to master that well!

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