Google CFO Ruth Porat has a work ethic that puts most employees to shame.
She has said in no uncertain terms that she doesn’t believe in “work-life” balance, and her actions on many occasions have proven that point.
From working through childbirth and breast cancer to spending her free time flipping houses, she never sits still.
Scroll down to read seven examples of Porat’s incredible drive.
In an interview with Big Think, Porat spoke about her fight with breast cancer. In 2001, Porat was working overseas when she moved home for treatment. She refused to slow down and said of her decision to keep working long banker hours: 'For me, going to work meant that I was in control of my life.'
Porat told Politico that she doesn't like the term 'work-life balance' because it sets up men and women for failure.
She instead prefers to find a work-life 'mix' that integrates her work and family into one entity. She explained to Politico that her three sons had been 'integrated into Morgan Stanley throughout their lives.'
Porat believes employees should find a mix that will shift depending on work and home needs, but that the two should never be fully isolated from each other.
By mixing her work and life into one giant collaboration, Porat has been known to be readily available to employees and clients at all times of the day and night.
Recently with Google she began offering 'office hours' in which analysts and investors can speak with her in 15-20 minute sessions.
Former Porat employee Sarah P. Jones writes on her personal blog, 'Her door is, incredibly, always open. Her ability to balance the personal with the professional is something every working dad and mum can learn from.'
'Downtime' isn't a familiar word. Even in her limited spare time, Porat and her husband, Anthony Paduano, a partner in the law firm Paduano & Weintraub, have been known to buy, renovate, and flip apartments in New York City.
In 2008, Porat was part of the team attempting to save AIG from closure. She told Politico that she was working day and night and would only return home to shower.
'On one of those nights where we were working through the night, I came home and my three boys left me a little note because they knew I'd at least come home and shower,' she said.
She was also helping save Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at the same time.
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