Double Duty

Double Duty

Women who make it to the top in business carry the burden of society's expectations

By Barbara A. Walsh | Photos by Heather Perry '93


The sun has not yet crested the trees in this tranquil Wellesley neighborhood, but inside the Cape Cod-style home Christine Petersen ’85 is already deep into her day.

By 7:30 Petersen is showered, dressed, and has responded to a dozen work e-mails. Petersen is chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, the world’s largest online travel community, with almost 10 million members.

Hair still wet, coffee mug in hand, she sits at the kitchen table, scanning her laptop for messages from her 100 employees. But she also is making sure she has time for her 4-year-old daughter, Charlotte.

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