[IMGCAP(1)]In 2007, I was a few years into my current position as PwC’s leader for U.S. government, regulatory affairs and public policy. My job was challenging and intense, and simultaneously, my new husband was serving as deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, which was a great honor, an amazing opportunity and a round-the-clock commitment.

In the midst of this, I discovered I was pregnant with our first child. In fact, I learned the news a few hours before meeting Queen Elizabeth II at the White House. With my head spinning with thoughts of our future family, I completely forgot the protocol and titles I had been coached to recite and stood tongue-tied before the Queen, until First Lady Laura Bush graciously moved me down the receiving line. And that was only the first day of my pregnancy.

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