Moms are special. They welcome us to the world, watch us grow, sing us to sleep, and bandage our knees and elbows.


Moms are resilient. They hold their breath when we climb tall trees or swim in the deep end, occasionally pulling us from the rapids.


Moms are sentient. They know our fears, cheer us on, worry over us, soothe our disappointments and mend our broken hearts.


Moms are all those things and a hundred more, putting in long hours without complaint, juggling career, household and children, serving as cook and counselor, driver and confidante, with a ready ear and an understanding nature.


May is the month of Mother’s Day and an occasion to recognize the special women who have given so much to help us become the people we are. It is also the month AY About You spotlights Super Moms: very special women who consistently answer the call of duty on behalf of their families. Super Moms do it all and make it look easy, and we are proud of each and every member of this year’s class.


Here’s to you.





Valerie Hill and
Wentworth Hill (5)


Investment Advisor


B.A. and M.A. in English Literature; Series 7 and Series 63 licenses

Favorite Song: “Dancing Queen” by ABBA

Dream Vacation: Taking a train from the English Channel to the Caspian Sea with many stops in between.


Looking back, Carrie Carr described it as “probably out of the ordinary” for her coworkers and clients to encourage rather than discourage her from having children. Since her twins did not come along until she was 43, however, Carr felt that it was “now or never” — and what a rewarding “now” it has been. Her favorite part of motherhood, she said, is the laughter, and she enjoys going to museums and theater performances with her family. While there may be a misconception that there may not be enough time to be a mom, for Carr, it all comes down to time management, “blocking time for Mom’s work and interests and blocking time for togetherness and their interests.”


How did you get into your career?

When the Iraq War started, I was teaching as a civilian instructor for the U.S. Navy so that sailors could gain college credits in English composition while at sea. I taught on six different ships on missions around the world. The program seemed in jeopardy with the start of the war, so a local investment bank where I worked during college summers asked if I wanted to join full-time to onboard new advisors across the country. I accepted and started doing that after passing my Series 7 and 63 exams.


What has been the most unexpected part of being a mom? 

How much they remember!


Does your family have any interesting traditions? 

Seafood gumbo and homemade eggnog on Christmas Day.


What is the most memorable piece of advice you received about motherhood?

Benign neglect. When a mom with grown kids told me this, it seemed a harsh phrase at first, but motherhood, for better or worse, is mostly about raising independent souls to make their way in the world. The mom who told me this raised a prolific film producer and a congressperson and attorney, so I think she’s onto something.


How did your upbringing influence your parenting style? 

Dad is from a military family that lived around the globe slightly before and after World War II. He was taught that it’s easy to make friends and to speak to as many people as he could. Mom was raised on the frontier of south Texas in the 1940s and ’50s, where she scouted around with a big imagination on her horse in her dad’s orchards. My parents taught me to be a friendly explorer, and I hope my children learn to be that from me.


What advice would you give to new or soon-to-be moms?

A late friend once told me that children “pick their parents.” I have always taken comfort in that thought and in how many meanings it may have. For me, it means if I listen and concentrate, my children will show me their futures, dreams and goals, and I’ll head there with them.


Photo by Steve Lewis