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Meet Mona Andrews of Stay in the Game in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mona Andrews.

Mona Andrews has been working as an entrepreneur for most of her professional life and has been involved with the entrepreneurial community during that time. She recently launched Stay In The Game, which provides professional employment to women who need non traditional work structures to integrate their personal responsibilities and their career.  Her first venture, Executive Financial Enterprises, which offers outsourced business services, has been operating successful for over 20 years.

Her inspiration for Stay In The Game came when Mona dropped her children off for their first day of preschool. “From the minute I enrolled them, I observed how hard it is for women to balance their careers with caregiving. Since I work as an entrepreneur, I can modify my schedule to accommodate both, flexibility that other women often don’t have,” Mona explains.

After witnessing the challenges that women had with staying in the workforce, Mona decided to do more digging, to see just how common flexibility is in American companies. The results were discouraging. Not only do women struggle to re-enter the workforce after giving birth, but they would often end up leaving the workforce altogether.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Women have responded with enthusiasm to the mission behind Stay In the Game because they all see the same challenges that I did.  It has been harder to convince businesses that they can offer flexible work practices to their employees and still be effective. In my experience, headaches and roadblocks are part of the entrepreneurial journey. I think that perseverance is one of the most important qualities of an entrepreneur. Staying the course during the tough times what leads to longevity.

Please tell us about Stay in the Game
Throughout my twenty years in business, I have watched countless friends, colleagues and family members struggle to balance caregiving with their careers.

“Women were fighting their way into a corporate structure that didn’t support them. Now, despite the fact that gender-equality awareness is increasing, caregivers still end up leaving the workforce entirely simply because the workplace architecture is antiquated.”

I started Stay In The Game in 2017 to help end the gender parity gap by offering alternative work structures to meet the needs of caregivers, particularly during the first 10-12 years of caregiving.

We provide opportunities for competent, educated individuals who have been out of the workforce, by offering flexible hours and the ability to work remotely. It is a win for employers as well because they can take advantage of the high-level talent that these women offer to help their business be successful.  

We offer jobs, training and community support. Women maintain their professional skills and income, and when they are ready, can get back in the game without a gap in their resume.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have become an expert delegator much earlier!  You can’t do everything yourself. Leveraging the enthusiasm that people have for your idea allows you to move forward more quickly.

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