This month’s #WCW is Legislative Director for the Office of the Mayor. Camille Blunt caught our attention for being named one of the 40 Under 40 by the IBJ in 2016.
Blunt joined the new administration of Mayor Joe Hogsett in January after working 14 years at Bose Public Affairs Group, where she left as the second vice president specializing in lobbying for education and health care clients, including the Indiana Urban Schools Association. A member of the Indianapolis Public Library board, Blunt now oversees the city’s relations with the Legislature.
Tell us about your family…
I have two amazing children. My daughter Sydney is 11 years old. She is a smart, sassy, and full of life 6th grader. My son Alexander is 8 years old. He is a caring, loving and giving young man.
What did you think about motherhood before becoming a mom?
Before I became a mother it looked so easy. My mother juggled being there for her daughters, working part-time jobs, and being an IMPD officer with no problem.
What did your mother teach you about motherhood?
My mother has taught me to set expectations for my children, push them to be their best, provide the things they need and some of the things they want. She always said “Camille, I’m not your friend, I am your parent” I operate with that same mindset. We have to set boundaries and expectations for our children.
How has your perception (about motherhood) changed since becoming a mother?
Since becoming a mother I realized it is not as easy as my mother made it look. Some days you have no idea what to do to reprimand or to help your child get back on track. It is rewarding some days, but other days you just want to cry. It never stops even when you have had a hard day at work. You still have dinner to cook, uniforms to iron, and homework to help with. It is a tough job!
How do you balance your work and family life?
It is difficult, I have a very demanding job that requires a lot of time and attention. I am expected to respond to emails, calls, and texts very rapidly. I try to be present for my children’s activities as much as possible and try to not be constantly on the phone that is practically glued to my hand. I do take time off and shut down email, texts, and work related calls so that I can focus on my children. I am thankful to be at a place in my career where I can do that.
Looking forward to the holidays…
As we get closer to the holidays, I look forward to spending time with my children, mother, and my sister and her family. My kids and I love holiday movies and we like to cuddle on the couch and watch corny holiday movies. We will have lots of good food and just enjoy being with each other. I just love this time of year!
A lover of naps, Nordstrom and necessary pampering, Heather is also a passionate storyteller. The self-proclaimed Queen of Words spent her pre-baby days as a TV news producer. Now a mother of two independent little ladies, Heather’s desire to tell stories has lead her to publish her first children’s book “Caroline Girls” based on her own little Caroline. Baby Kate is proving to have quite a dynamic personality and will likely inspire future stories.