We had the good fortune of connecting with Zoe Regan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zoe, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I have come to accept that there is no work life balance, only a work life blend. In reality, work today is already brought into our homes whether we want it to be or not. We are so connected to everything all the time, no matter where we go or what we do. The same goes for family and home. You can’t disconnect from your family or your children and pretend like they don’t exist. And there really is no reason to do that anyways. I blend my family and my work together and allow them to see each other, not hide from one another. Sometimes its loud and sometimes it’s chaotic, but this is my life and this is my reality. At the Jane Club, no one apologizes for their children or their family time. Rather, our families are an extension of the Jane community. Your work and your family are both respected. Setting clear boundaries and expectations on both sides are key to making this work.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I began my career in investment banking, working on mergers and acquisitions of public and privately owned companies. The work was hard, the hours were long, and I was usually the only woman in the room. It was challenging, but I was determined to make it work. After several years working in Wall Street, I decided go to business school to get my MBA. It was in business school that I began to think about doing something entrepreneurial. Working for myself was something I had always wanted to do, however I never had a lightbulb moment or knew exactly what I wanted to do. After graduating, I worked in management consulting for a few years and then finally made the leap to start-ups after some much needed encouragement from my mentors (I am incredibly grateful to those mentors). Taking the leap from a structured corporate world to a wildly unstructured start-up environment was a big one, but it was worth it. I loved having ownership of something and solving problems left and right. I felt that this was what I was meant to be doing. However, I found that while I loved working in a start-up environment, I wasn’t particularly passionate about the projects I was working on. They didn’t really speak to me. It wasn’t until a few years later that I discovered what it was that I wanted to work on. I had just had my second daughter and was on maternity leave, thinking about whether or not I should or could go back to work, when the Jane Club came into my life. Through a mutual friend, I met a small group of inspiring women and moms who had this great idea to solve the very problem that I was currently living. They asked me if I could put pen to paper, build a financial model, and work with them to make this idea into a business. I immediately got it and knew I had to join them. I was hooked. And the rest is history.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Day 1 Santa Monica – Morning at the beach. Pick up a couple Godmother sandwiches at Bay Cities Deli and go watch some surfers down by the pier. Walk along the promenade, have a glass or two of wine and watch the tourists go by. Dinner would have to be at SugarFish for amazing sushi followed by drinks at Shutters on the Beach. Days 2-4 would have to be a trip up to Santa Barbara for wine tasting in St. Ynez and Los Olivos. Get fancy with a delicious brunch at the Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons in Santa Barbara and soak in some of those amazing channel views. Santa Barbara is my happy place and I always love taking friends and family there when they visit. Day 5 – Back in LA, head to Griffith park for a hike up the canyons to see the amazing views of Los Angeles. Make sure to go to the Observatory – an LA icon. In non-Covid times, I’d love to catch a concert at the Greek theater or Hollywood bowl. Dinner would be someplace in the WeHo area like AOC followed by cocktails at Marvin on Melrose. Day 6 – Day trip to Malibu to soak in some last few waves, get a lobster roll at a food truck at Rosenthal wines and then stroll up Montana in Brentwood for some late afternoon shopping. Dinner at Georgio Baldi’s for the best Italian food ever to cap off a wonderful trip Day 7 – Send her off with some In-n-out burger before heading to LAX.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am eternally grateful to Jane Club Co-Founder, June Diane Raphael, for her mentorship, encouragement and friendship. She is a true leader who is an eternal optimist and brings out the best qualities in others. I have grown so much as both a business person and also as a mother and friend thanks to her. If I am ever in a crisis, I definitely want June by my side.