The Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Foundation is delighted that you stopped by. You are probably here because you have attended, participated, hosted, or coordinated a Take Our Daughters To Work or Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day. This section has been designed to not only celebrate your participation in these programs but also to share the stories that have developed since 1993,and to allow you to meet other program participants, whether they are workplaces, young women and men, parents, mentors, or facilitators.
We value you, your participation, and the relationship that you have with us through being involved in the Take Our Daughters To Work and/ or Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work programs. We hope that you join us in helping the new generation of girls and boys realize their dreams and endless possibilities.
NBC News Reporter
New York, New York
When I was fifteen years old, my public Manhattan high school was chosen to participate in a revolutionary program. At the time it was called, “Take Our Daughters To Work.” All the girls from my honors English class got the opportunity to visit the national ABC television network newsroom. Ahead of our visit we were asked to do a project called the News Broadcast of the Future. Basically, we had to write, produce, and perform our own news show based on events we thought *might* happen many years later. We had so much fun coming up with stories we thought were ludicrous at the time like, “Madonna has become a mother!” We taped our news show from our classroom, and I was the anchor.
We took our finished project to Peter Jennings at ABC News. We spent the entire day in the newsroom, learning how it all got done. Then we spent half an hour with Peter Jennings and asked him all kinds of questions, and we showed him our “newscast.” Afterwards he turned to me and said, “I think you got something.”
Well that was it, I had never considered pursuing journalism until that moment. I was completely in love. I went home and told my parents I’d just met the smartest man in the entire world and I wanted to be just like him! The next day I started researching colleges that specialized in broadcast journalism. I graduated from The Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 1999 with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Public Policy. I’ve been a reporter in New York City the last fifteen years. Twelve of them at WNBC.
This year I have a chance to give other kids a peek into my world and maybe inspire them the way I was inspired more than 20 years ago. I’ve written a children’s book series with Scholastic called “Emma Is On The Air.” It’s about an 8 year old girl reporters/detective who solves mysteries at school and reports her findings on her very own news show. The first book, “Big News” will be released by Scholastic on April 28th. My hope is that children will fall in love with this spunky character and get a good dose of journalism lessons before they’ve realized what’s happened.
I absolutely credit the TODAS program from changing my life. They ‘planted the seed’ and made it possible for me to blossom. Now I hope to do the same.
Stacey Renée Vitale
Sr. Administrative Assistant
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Being a workplace coordinator for the 2004 Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day on April 22, was a privilege for Stacey Renée Vitale of Bridgewater, New Jersey. It was an opportunity to help girls and boys make their visions of the future a reality, just like she's been able to do for herself. Back when Stacey was 14 years old, she went to work with her mother Lynn Vitale as part of the former Take Our Daughters To Work program. According to Stacey, the experience turned a curious and mischievous girl into a focused and accomplished young woman.
"I have direction in my life now, because I participated in the Take Our Daughters To Work program," said Stacey. "Before that day, I was getting Cs and Ds, maybe a few Bs in high school. The program was exactly what I needed to get my life back on track!" Stacey believes the new program can do the same for today's girls and boys. And it starts them to thinking about how they'll live their whole lives – at work, at home and in the community – when they grow up.
All grown up now herself and working in the marketing department of Ortho-McNeil , the same Johnson & Johnson company where her mother works, Stacey looks forward each year to coordinating the organization's Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day. This year 200 children participated.
"We use the official activities and come up with some of our own," said Vitale. "We talk with the kids about balancing work and family life. We give examples of putting family first, such as saying, 'this e-mail can wait till tomorrow, because my child needs me'," Vitale explained. "Work is important, but family comes first. This is the Johnson & Johnson credo."
Stacey believes the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work program expands the children's capacity to dream. "I think it helps them to set their own personal goals, and makes them realize that the real world isn't too far away!"
Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day is more than a career day; it is an opportunity for girls and boys to discuss the competing challenges of work and family, how they are affected by these forces, and how they believe family-friendly workplaces should function. It also strives to change public policy and workplace cultures to ensure that family-friendly environments are the norm rather than the exception.
The Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work program promotes a society where men and women are encouraged to participate fully in all areas of life, and are appreciated for doing so. Indeed, the family-friendly workplace is a future that girls and boys already envision for themselves. In a survey conducted by the Families and Work Institute, 81 percent of girls and almost 60 percent of boys said they will reduce their work hours when they have children.