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Ann’s Working Moms

Philippa and her family

Philippa Abeles, SVP of Global Sourcing, and her family

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, we asked some of our favorite moms here in the office to tell us what they love about working, being a working mom and working with a company that honors women.

Philippa Abeles, SVP of Global Sourcing, Ann Taylor

There are so many reasons I am proud to be working at Ann inc but one of the most profound reasons is how this company honors and respects diversity and women. I’m a gay woman with two beautiful children that I gave birth to with the love and support of my partner. The demands of leading a team of 30 and having a huge stake in the success of our business, coupled with the demands of being a mom and partner can sometimes feel overwhelming but even in the most stressful of moments, I know that I havea network of amazing women at Ann inc, starting with our CEO,  who care and understand and provide support. I know how much this company cares about women through all the big and little things we do and it reaches not only our internal organization but stretches out to our clients and factories and organizations  that we continue to support. I am especially touched by the commitment we have made to BCRF as I have many friends and loved ones who have been touched with breast cancer, some have survived and some have not. The focus and effort we put into supporting BCRF and the money we have been able to raise is amazing and again, just another reason that I am so honored to be associated with Ann inc. Our work is done with integrity and care and that means everything to me.

Rachel MacPherson, SVP of Merchandising, AnnTaylor.com

Being a working mother is absolutely tough knowing how much time you spend away from your children, but what makes it rewarding is working at a great company and loving what you do, and realizing that you are serving as a strong and positive role model for your daughters, balancing family and career and living life to the fullest.


Debbie Woloshin, SVP of Marketing, Ann Taylor

Happy mother’s day to all the moms out there! I am so proud to be a part of an industry that is propelled by innovation, creativity and strategic thinking. I hope that I can instill in my children that same sense of passion and energy to do their best and reach for the stars. Joining Ann Inc has been a rewarding journey.  This company talks the talk and walks the walk.  The commitment to BCRF represents an unbelievable level of generosity and support for the women in the ANN INC community and the women’s community at large. Sadly I have come in contact with Breast Cancer on a very personal level many times.  It is a devastating disease that has claimed the lives of too many strong and wonderful women.  I have experienced first-hand Kay Krill’s commitment to this program as a key initiative.  It is remarkable and I am so proud to be part of this team.


La’Zatte’s three adorable children

La’Zette Lafontant, Director of Client Experience and Store Communications

Ann Taylor gives me the opportunity to be my best at work.  I feel blessed to work for a company that values women and children so wholeheartedly. Everyone tries to find the balance between work and home but I always say “be the best where you are at the moment.” Being a positive role model to my three daughters by showing them how to be successful, to give back and be comfortable with who they are is very important to me.

Our affiliation with BCRF is so vital for women today, our children tomorrow and many generations to come. To know that I work for a company that is part of finding a cure to eradicate this disease fills me with pride.

Amy Lynch, Senior Director of Editorial

Being a working mom is super hard, but I love it. And I consider myself very lucky to be able to do what I love (write about fashion) surrounded by amazing people who are wonderfully talented. Then to get to go home and spend time with two adorable boys, one crazy dog and an incredible husband (and all-time bestie) is the icing on the cake. It’s a balancing act to be sure, but one I wouldn’t trade.