2018 Message

2017 was a spectacular year, but we expect 2018 will be even better!

Carolyn McKecuenGreetings!

The Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Foundation is delighted to bring you another opportunity to create an enriching educational experience for our nation’s daughters and sons. For over 24 years, individuals, families, organizations, and workplaces have joined in the Day to expand opportunities and transform the lives of millions of girls and boys both nationally and internationally.

Designed to be more than a career day, the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work program goes beyond the average “shadow” an adult. Exposing girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, and providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future and begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success. Each year, we develop new interactive activities and partnerships that will assist us in taking girls and boys to the future they dream of.

By bringing girls and boys together, we will continue to create a more equitable world—at home, at school, in the workplace, and in the community. This year we are celebrating the opportunities that girls and boys will discover and the opportunities for parents, mentors, and the community to continue involvement in this unique educational experience.

I look forward to the 2018 Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day program and celebrating our 25th anniversary!

Warm regards,

Carolyn McKecuen (click to view Carolyn’s biography)
Executive Director
Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Foundation


By | 2017-09-19T09:21:49+00:00 May 1st, 2015|Executive Director Messages|3 Comments

About the Author:

Carolyn McKecuen has been the Chief Executive Officer of Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® (TODASTW) Foundation since 2007. She played an integral role as a consultant in the Take Our Daughters To Work Day’s creation in 1992. Carolyn uses her expertise, leadership, and collaboration in business development and communications to advocate for changes in social policy and public awareness on behalf of youth. On April 24, 2014, during the 22nd annual TODASTW Day, 39 million participants at over 3 million workplaces took part in the time-honored tradition of taking their child, a neighbor's child, or relative's child to the workplace.


  1. karen lukacovic April 12, 2016 at 10:26 am - Reply

    This is a great day and extremely valuable for students BUT the timing is ridiculous. Make this during the Easter break or the last week in June but to have this in April in the middle of testing is ridiculous and disruptive to the school environment. This is supposed to help kids to hinder their education.

    • Carolyn McKecuen April 12, 2016 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Thank you for your email. The TODASTW Foundation strongly believes that this national day should include participation from parents, schools, mentors, workplaces and children. We believe TODASTW Day to be an extension of the school day for young people and an extension of the work day for workplaces. We strongly disagree with associating TODASTW Day with off-days or summer vacations. Our goal is to work with school systems to find a date that works best for students during the school year. This is a great task that requires coordination from all parties involved.

      Please keep this in mind:
      • Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day is organized during the school year so girls and boys can take what they learn in various workplaces on Thursday and apply it to the classroom on Friday.

      • By involving whole communities—schools, girls, boys, parents, workplaces and mentors—the program helps young people make connections between what they learn in school and their future work goals.

      • In fact, many girls and boys participated in Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day through their schools, especially in low-income communities. Teachers helped workplaces “adopt” whole classrooms for the Day, allowing children to walk through doors they otherwise would not have had the chance to enter.

      • By sticking to a national date (the fourth Thursday in April), communities and schools can plan ahead and work together to create a dynamic interaction between the workplace and the classroom. By participating on the official date of the program, a young person recognizes that s/he is one of millions helping to shape the future. Many school districts across the country plan teacher in-service days, schedule half-days or allow students excused absences so that they may participate. Please coordinate with your school district so the day is a win-win for your schools, workplaces and families. The whole community will benefit!

      Thank you,

      Carolyn McKecuen
      Executive Director

  2. jeannette lynes May 5, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply


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