About the Author
Eileen Wacker is an all-in mom. She’s married to Rich and they have four children, two are adopted (Olivia and Christian) and two are biological (Ethan and Natalie). They are now 17, 17, 13, and 12 years of age. When Natalie was four months old, Rich asked the family to move to Seoul Korea for a job he really wanted to pursue. She lived in South Korea for four years as a stay at home mom with four little kids. The family traveled extensively across Asia, filling their baby-faced passports with stamps. Eventually the family settled in Honolulu, but Eileen continued to visit Japan and Korea as her husband was still flying to Seoul for his job. She is inspired by the rich and diverse cultures of Asia and enthused to learn of the many traditions, celebrations, and unique viewpoints found there.
She didn’t really intend for things to go in this direction. When she got a Harvard MBA, she was a hard-charging Finance turned Executive Compensation Leader for all of GE Capital Europe. But things like babies have a funny way of resetting priorities. She willingly reset them and then discovered the huge everyday challenges associated with raising kids. She was, at first, bothered by the politics and pettiness of moms toward other moms, then became intrigued by it and went on a quest to see if others had experiences and stories similar to some of the ones she faced. What she saw convinced her that we need a Mom’s Code, a sort of bro code for moms to take down some of the unrelenting and often exhausting drama in the mom world.
Eileen’s journey to become a writer, blogger and author took a circuitous route. Her background is in Finance and Human Resources. She is an observer of people and loves to listen to their stories. She keeps journals and writes down memorable insights and quotes. She is naturally shy. She has moved around a lot, having lived in Brussels, Milan, Paris, Connecticut, Korea and Honolulu so she typically hangs back to seeing how things operate around her. She has a small circle of friends from many of the places she has lived and worked. This gives her access to unique and global personal perspectives. She has mom friends from the expatriate world, Harvard, Connecticut, Korea, Honolulu, and other places. The combination of her voice telling her story and her friends’ stories forms a book that is interesting and authentic. The Mom’s Code is a set of tenets to help steer us through the turbulent, challenging world of motherhood, as well as a critique and a reflection of our times by a mom who has moved across the world and back.
In Seoul, Eileen ran the school’s book program, sparking her interest in children’s books and children’s literacy. Her oldest daughter is Chinese and after researching the market, she discovered a shortage of quality children’s books drawing upon pan-Asian themes. She decided to develop a multimedia book series with Asian characters for the mainstream children’s book market (in English language children’s books). The book series is the Fujimini Adventure Series. She is the author and publisher.
Eileen is an active educator and blogger writing articles about her passions – parenting, diversity and technology, for major online and print media. She was a parent columnist for NY Resident magazine. Her articles have been printed in over 60 large outlets, including Huffington Post, Fox News, Working Mother, Grand Magazine, Boston Parent and many more.
Eileen is very active in her community and devotes significant time to giving back. She is on the board of Kapi’olani Medical Center for women and children, and also of Assets School in Honolulu, a school for gifted students who learn in different ways than mainstream students. Her company ONCEKids is a sponsor of a children’s literacy campaign, which has donated over $25,000 in books since December 2014 to organizations across the U.S. such as Seattle Children’s Hospital, NY Cares, First Book, and Barrett Kindergarten. She donates her books locally as well to Kapi’olani, Hawaii Literacy and shelters in distressed locations. The literacy project is growing and aims to build classrooms and reinforce education as a priority in hospitals so sick children don’t fall behind during their treatments.
The family has a Tibetan Spaniel named Buster Brown who is cute and rascally and hates to be left out or ignored. Her children are all determined to do the opposite of what she has mapped out for them. She loves to travel, hike, ski and play games with her family.