Your Office Mom Has a History
Growing up all over the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Dory Wilson learned the hard way that every new situation could be an opportunity, as long as you smiled, did as you were told and didn't talk back, dammit! Her diverse background and unique upbringing inspired her to get a graduate degree (MS, OAEd.) and choose a career helping others make the most of their given situation. During her 30 year career in talent development, she’s been there, done that facing many of the same issues people continue to face in the workplace today.
She has worked for two of the largest non-profits plus retail and technology Fortune 1000 companies leading talent development initiatives with Director level roles in training, organizational development, and HR. As a supporter of feminist leadership long before it became a pop culture phenomenon, she's experienced first-hand the challenge of facilitating change. And, as a self-proclaimed rabble rouser, she's never backed down from that challenge. She lives with her husband in the scenic Austin Hill Country with Nucky, their boxer. For fun, urban adventures they visit their favorite millennials, daughter and son-in-law, who live in downtown Austin.
Dory spends a lot of time giving advice and telling other people what to do, but who’s keeping her in line? Fortunately, there is a badass boss lady who does just that. It’s exhausting work, but someone has to do it.
Marketing & Event entrepreneur by day, Lindsay always encouraged her Mom to write a book, start a blog, or do anything to stop riding her ass about something. Knowing the important role Office Moms played in her own career, coupled with expertise from her day job, the brand, website and photography are Lindsay's vision.
When immersed in wedding planning and frustrated by the barrage of never ending Etsy DIY projects for Lindsay's big day, Dory yelled, “let’s just throw more money at it," and so they did. It didn't break the bank, and the result was a creative, fun wedding weekend remembered coast to coast. Lindsay took that whole money spending sentiment to heart when she suggested “Go big or go home, Mom” as it pertained to building the YOM brand and so they did. Bless the child who remembers Mom’s words of wisdom and still finds time to help her live the dream. Quid pro quo.
Affectionately known as Daddy War Bucks, Eric is responsible for business development and all financial matters. With a career in human capital management with some of the biggest players in the space, Eric offers a unique, much needed perspective for Your Office Mom. His insights help keep Dory grounded on other things besides pontificating and giving people advice. During his career, Eric has worked for Fortune 500 technology companies like Oracle, ADP, SAP (Plateau) and is an avid WSJ, Forbes, Fortune, and all-things-business-news-kind-of-guy. He forwards relevant articles to keep Dory in the loop on the latest workplace trends, SEO and content marketing.
Fortunate to work with many influential leaders over the years, he also fondly remembers his younger days when Office Moms saved his ass on more than one occasion. Buy him a beer, and he’ll tell you about the time he was driving like a bat out of hell on the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) late for a client meeting. He frantically called his Office Mom from his 8” x 3” car phone (think Zach Morris) to see if she could call the client and reschedule before CHiPs lights flashing, asked him to step outside his vehicle and wrinkled his suit.
Inspiration for Your Office Mom
One morning while drinking a skinny vanilla latte and reading an advice column, Dory disagreed with a response to a query posted by a young professional. After yelling "WHAT THE HELL" and scaring the dogs from a sound slumber she decided that was the proverbial straw! After ranting for a while (one of her stronger traits, second only to her knack for giving advice (solicited or otherwise) she decided it was time she shared insights from her successful career with others. That sparked conversations with her daughter and soon after the launch of Your Office Mom. Dory's peers, and Lindsay and her friends always valued Dory’s “cool mom” approachability, non-judgmental attitude and keen insight. That moniker follows her to this day. Her practical, down-to-earth vibe is informative yet fun. In other words, she knows what’s going on, she can be one of the crowd (albeit the oldest) but still knows how to dress for her age.