Macy’s Celebrates the Family She-ro this Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, May 12, Macy’s asked some of our awesome moms to share advice and give us insight into how motherhood has changed their perspective on fashion and business. These moms are our shining she-ros!

Jodi Buhrman, Senior Director, Facility Leader, Macy’s Backstage | Columbus, OH

The word or phrase you would use to describe yourself as a mother?

Balanced, or at least trying to be!

Best advice your mother ever gave you? 

You can’t please everyone.

How have your kids’ perspective on fashion, pop culture or social issues influenced your decision making or point of view on the business? 

Claire pushes boundaries and challenges the status quo in a way that not only makes me very proud, but also challenges my way of thinking. I have said for nearly 19 years now that being a mother has helped make me a better leader and as I’ve grown as a leader, I’ve become a better mother.

Felicia Williams, SVP, Controller/Enterprise Risk Officer | Cincinnati, OH

The word or phrase you would use to describe yourself as a mother?

Blessed and proud Mama Bear.

Best advice your mother ever gave you? 

My mom knows I am a big time planner, so she reminds me that “planning only makes God laugh,” as a way to ignite my spontaneity!

How have your kids’ perspective on fashion, pop culture or social issues influenced your decision making or point of view on the business? 

My daughter is very socially conscious and is educating me on the growing trend of sustainable fashion. I look forward to continuing to leverage this thinking with our vendor partners.

Ana Grace, VP Product Management, Customer Experience | San Francisco, CA

The word or phrase you would use to describe yourself as a mother?

As a mother of 5, I’d say Wonder Woman, of course – but all mothers are Wonder Women.

Best advice your mother ever gave you?

My mom was a doctor and a Colonel in the Army. She literally wore combat boots to work every day, and was an early female pioneer in the military. It was less about what my mother said and more about what I watched her do. She taught me to never give up and to be brave!

How have your kids’ perspective on fashion, pop culture or social issues influenced your decision-making or point of view on the business?

I’ve seen my kids buy fashion on Reddit and Poshmark, and it’s shown me how differently they shop versus how I shopped as a teen. I channel my five kids every day when I’m making customer experience decisions and often use them as guinea pigs when testing features on the site.