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Collaboration and Consensus: Pam Bailey Profile

By: Karen A. Newman
Posted: October 3, 2008, from the February 2006 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Bailey recently had some advice for a group of young professional women in Washington. “Whatever you do in your work, always strive for a balance in your life. What I remember most as I look back over my career is not so much whatever the individual success might be on an issue,” she said. “It is going to be the people I worked with and the experiences of working with individuals … that’s what makes life fulfilling.” Maintaining a balance between work and home was a bit of advice that Bailey took herself over the years. She spent nine years on the board of the Holton-Arms school, a college preparatory day school in Bethesda, Maryland—two years as president and three years as treasurer and finance chair. Today she is a trustee emeritus of the school. The mother of five said she has learned that you may not have balance as a working mother every day, or even every year, but you should try to have that balance over your lifetime. She believes strongly that a woman can have it all: working and raising children, but she said that whatever one’s passion may be outside of work, it’s important to have that passion.