Henson: This is why busy moms should rule the world

The habits of Kathleen Henson, founder and CEO, Henson Consulting

Kathleen Henson and her family
Kathleen Henson and her family

Morning ritual
The alarm goes off at 5:30am. I then check my email and the news of the day on my iPhone, shower, make a cup of coffee, get ready, and be out the door by 6:15am to avoid traffic and be downtown early before my team gets in and needs me.

If you ruled the world for a day
I would put a busy mom like me in charge of the country.

We’re pretty efficient at juggling a lot of tasks and solving plenty of problems and still get dinner on the table and make a difference in people’s lives. 

As they say, when you want to get something done, ask a busy person.

First site or app you check in the morning
Chicago Tribune or Crain’s, and while I’m blowing dry my hair, I hop on Facebook.

Most distinct aspect of your personal office
We moved into a new headquarters in April that has an amazing view, and is double in size – yet the one thing that remains constant between my old office and the new one is five giant black-and-white portraits of my kids that hang on my wall. Looking at their photos every day reminds me why I work so hard.

On a scale of one to 10, how difficult is your commute?
People would say it’s probably a 10, but I actually don’t mind my commute. It’s about an hour each way minimum, but I enjoy listening to the news or just having a little respite of quiet to prepare for the day.

My husband and I sometimes drive into the city together, and it’s fun to just have one hour of uninterrupted conversation – and I don’t have to drive.

Favorite smartphone app
Facebook or Instagram – I love posting photos of my five kids (ages 6 to 15) and my latest PR adventures with celebrities, chefs, and my favorite brands.

First marketing or PR job
At just 20 years old, I stalked the then GM of Hill & Knowlton, Hud Englehart, right out of college to give me a shot.

After three months of early morning calls, I totally wore him down and he hired me, not as an intern, but as an assistant account executive. Persistence paid off.

Favorite city to do business in
Chicago! It’s the best city in the world. I’m a proud Chicagoan through and through. Good, hardworking, gracious people walk our streets.

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