Volunteer Spotlight: Taryn Sauthoff Uses Tech Talent for Good

Editor’s note: Viacom’s partner, Catchafire, originally published the article below on Medium. The two organizations collaborate on the Talent for Good program, which creates opportunities for Viacom employees to put their skills to work in the community.

Taryn Sauthoff, a Viacom employee in New York, is the embodiment of Talent for Good at work. She applied her web development skills to help YoungMoms, a non-profit organization that supports pregnant and parenting young women in rural Pennsylvania, build a new website. Sauthoff completed the volunteer project in a few months and continues to collaborate with the organization.

The homepage of YoungMoms, which Taryn Sauthoff helped develop.

Below is an excerpt from her testimonial:

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13 Reasons Why Viacom Is an Awesome Place to Be a Mom

I wasn’t surprised to see that Viacom had made Working Mother’s list of 100 Best Companies for the sixth consecutive year. As the mother of two boys – Thomas, 11 months, and Timothy, 2 and a half – who has worked at Viacom for more than seven years, I have found so many reasons why it’s a great place to be a working mom. Here’s my list of benefits I have found useful as a mom:

1)      Flexibility

We aren’t always tied to our desks to get our work done. The company (at least in my department – Media and Technology Services), offers a lot of freedom in how we can get projects and tasks done. For the work that my team does, I can take calls with our team in India or London from home or in the office.

2)      Telecommuting

The ability to work from home during family emergencies has been invaluable. We have faced some health issues in my family lately, and the ability to telecommute has been a godsend. It gave me the opportunity to support my family in a way that I could not have done remotely, and our situation is much better now.


The flexibility to work remotely when her family needs her most is crucial to Nguyen’s work-life balance. She is pictured here with her husband, Truc, and their sons Timothy, 2 and a half, and Thomas, 11 months.

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Viacom Powers on Working Moms for Fifth Straight Year

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Backup daycare. Parenting workshops. Flexible schedules. Adoption assistance. Paid parental leave. New mothers rooms for pumping breast milk during the workday. An onsite Wellness Studio in New York City.

These are just some of the benefits Viacom has put in place to promote work-life balance for the busy moms that call us their home away from home. In acknowledgement of these efforts, Working Mother magazine has named Viacom to its list of 100 Best Companies for the fifth consecutive year.

While we’re proud of our consistent appearances on this list and remain committed to supporting our moms, Viacom is invested in giving all of our employees the tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle and take care of their families, a philosophy that has landed us on lists of desirable employers for college undergraduates and the Human Rights Campaign.