Lisa Roberts knows how to run a hectic household filled with preschoolers - she’s a stay-at-home mom to a 5-year-old daughter and 4-year-old triplets. Juggling all of her daily tasks is an amazing feat - and now Roberts is being recognized and rewarded for her hard work. The Lexington, Ky., woman recently won the title of Household CEO through a video essay contest sponsored by Bill Me Later and Zappos.
The companies held the contest as part of their “Household CEO” campaign launched this spring. In August, Roberts learned her entry - a video which featured testimonials from her husband and kids - was chosen as the winner. (You can watch it here.) She won a $2,500 shopping spree, which she’s using for back-to-school spending.
Defining a Household CEO
What exactly does the title mean? Roberts explains: “I think it’s the same as any CEO, whether they’re running a company or a household. The CEO is responsible for leading their organization in a positive direction in multiple areas. They need to focus on long-term goals while also taking care of the short-term, small goals.”
Like any mom of young kids, Roberts faces constant challenges every day. “The biggest challenge is keeping track of everyone’s schedule,” she says. Her strategy for staying on top of the daily agenda: She has a large master calendar, for which each family member is assigned a different color Sharpie marker.
Roberts also handles lots of red tape. Her triplets were born early, and that meant tons of insurance paperwork, which she often took care of during naptime. “You really need to get as much done as possible during those little snippets of quiet time.”