For years we have discussed the “Mommy Penalty” and the negative effect it has had on women’s careers.  The pandemic has highlighted that our workplace culture isn’t friendly to women or men with children. While it is now common for all caregivers in a family to work full-time, society and our support structure have not kept up. All working parents and caregivers are struggling with choices that will have long-term effects in workplace culture and economic productivity. Companies work hard to bring capable employees in at the ground floor only to watch them exit the workforce just as they are coming into their professional peak. Are we missing an opportunity here?

Successfully Navigated Career and Parenting

Hear from someone who has made it!  This speaker not only navigated the challenges of bringing up children while driving a high-powered career, testing different approaches to supporting her employees.  With the benefit of hindsight, she can share the keys to success and take the long view to look into the future.
Knows the Issues This speaker knows how to help organizations support their working parents.  She has worked over 20 years in the child care field helping businesses and organizations design and implement child care initiatives. Having raised four kids, she also knows the challenges of being a working parent. She can share the numerous insights gathered throughout her career.
Living it Right Now These dual-career couples are in the middle of it right now.  While the previous generations freed us from role-based expectations on career and childcare, the current generation does not have a road map on how to best navigate these same questions.  These couples share and discuss their varied considerations and solutions to navigating this time of life.

Who is this program for? 

  • High-performing professionals looking for solutions in balancing career and home demands
  • Leaders interested in building bench strength and diversity in their leadership team 
  • Businesses focused on attracting and retaining talent through their changing life stages
  • Young professionals exploring alternatives as they plan their careers and family goals

Participants will receive: 

  • Ideas and strategies for balancing a high-powered career and parenthood or other home demands
  • Suggestions for leaders who wish to retain their high-value employees through their life stages 
  • Real-life stories about opportunities and challenges  
  • Awareness of the decisions and options that exist

Join us on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

This program will be moderated by Astrid McNellis, Program Manager for Terumo BCT, and Secretary and Board Member of Ventech.


  • Kathy Odell, CEO, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)
  • Eileen Monahan, Early Care & Education Consultant, Eileen Monahan Consulting
  • Elizabeth & Bryan Foscue-Boyd
  • Nicole & Neal Barry


KATHY ODELL, CEO, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)

Kathy Odell is CEO of Women’s Economic Ventures, a 501(c)3 dedicated to the economic empowerment of women.   Kathy joined WEV as CEO in 2019 after a rewarding career as a technology entrepreneur.   As a serial entrepreneur, she has experienced firsthand the challenges of small business, and the need to educate the public on the huge contribution of small businesses to our economy and their role in creating and sustaining vibrant local economies.

Kathy began her entrepreneurial career in 1985 as co-founder of Medical Concepts, which over a five-year period became the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of video systems for minimally invasive surgery, resulting in its acquisition by Karl Storz Endoscopy GmbH, a $2B market leader in rigid endoscopy.

From 2002 to 2008, Kathy served as CEO of Inogen, Inc., a Goleta-based manufacturer of advanced therapy devices for the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  During Kathy’s tenure, Inogen received over $53M in venture capital.  Today Inogen is a public company with a $900M market cap (NASDAQ:INGN).

From 1998 to 2012 Kathy was a director of Pacific Capital Bancorp, N.A. (NASDAQ: PCBC), a regional community bank with $6.5B in assets, where she served as Chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Enterprise Risk and Governance committees.

Kathy is personally committed to advancing women’s entrepreneurship as a mentor to female entrepreneurs and as an angel investor.

In each of her roles, Kathy has witnessed the challenges for working parents.  At the time, Medical Concepts was founded, Kathy’s son was 8 years old.  She, her family, and her many employees with children have experienced the challenges of managing careers in rapidly growing businesses and dealing with childcare.

Kathy presently serves as a board member of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project and the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce.

EILEEN MONAHAN, Early Care & Education Consultant, Eileen Monahan Consulting

Eileen Monahan is a passionate advocate for high-quality early care and education. Her company, Eileen Monahan Consulting, expands access to child care by helping develop facilities and design and implement child care initiatives. She worked over 20 years in the child care field, then honed her expertise through her positions as Santa Barbara County’s Child Care Coordinator, and manager for First 5 Santa Barbara County’s early care and education funding area. She has consulted on projects with community organizations, school districts, housing developers, businesses, and the state, including work on the California Master Plan for Early Learning and Care.

Eileen was born and raised in San Jose, California, and has lived in Goleta since 1979 where she raised four children with her husband. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara, with continued learning in early care and education, land use and government policy, Birth-grade 3 systems, and work-life strategies.

ELIZABETH FOSCUE_BOYD, Writer and Stay-at-Home Parent

Elizabeth Foscue-Boyd is a writer and stay-at-home parent. She earned a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Florida and a J.D. and LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center before moving to Santa Barbara in 2011. She has coached junior sailing; interned for the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys; worked in residential development; survived six years of co-op preschool; and is now serving her second term as Kindergarten Room Parent. When not reading or writing, Elizabeth enjoys surfing, cooking, and embracing the chaos with her husband, Bryan, and their and their two awesome kiddos. Her young adult novel, PEST, will be published April 5, 2022, by Keylight Books, an imprint of Turner Publishing.

BRYAN FOSCUE-BOYD, Principal, Foscue-Boyd Construction

Bryan Foscue-Boyd is the principal of Foscue-Boyd Construction, a general contracting firm specializing in high-end custom residential projects. He is a husband/dad/builder/sailor who occasionally finds time to run in the mountains. Raised in the Redneck Riviera of Northwest Florida, he earned a business degree from the University of Florida, where more importantly he met his wife Elizabeth on the sailing team. After college, a decade-long stint as an athlete on the US National Sailing Team eventually gave way to a career building homes and restoring historic properties in Annapolis MD. He and Elizabeth very happily moved to Santa Barbara ten years ago and are raising two amazing daughters.


Neal and Nicole met at Palmer College of Chiropractic West while studying for their Doctorate. Upon graduation in 2004, they moved to Santa Barbara and opened up a Chiropractic Practice. As their business grew, so did their family.  They married in 2007 and welcomed their first son in 2010.

Nicole worked part-time to enable her to take care of their son, and they found in-home childcare while she was in the office. When their daughter joined the family in 2015, the couple doubled down on sharing the work and home responsibilities.

With the uncertainty of COVID and school closures, the couple had to re-invent their schedule. No longer could they depend on either in-home care or schools to help with childcare.

More than ever, they are partners in business and parenting.  They continue to share the duties of home-schooling their children while switching off running their busy practice and taking care of patients.



ASTRID MCNELLIS, Program Manager, Terumo BCT, Secretary and Board Member, Ventech

Astrid McNellis has almost 15 years of experience in managing global marketing and new product development in the medical device industry.  Before that, she worked in a variety of organizations that ranged from one-year-old software development startups to 100-year-old manufacturing organizations.

Her expertise in managing large, multi-disciplinary, international teams, budgets, and deliverables while reporting to C-level executives has allowed her to consistently achieve targets previously believed to be unattainable.

Astrid earned her BS and MS degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Event Date:  Wednesday, November 17, 2021


Time:  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Online Event – (Registration CLOSED)

Location:   ZOOM


  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM: Panel Roundtable Discussion
  • 7:00 – 7:15 PM: Q&A with Panelists
  • 7:15 – 8:00 PM: Breakout Rooms
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