TODAY   |  November 28, 2012

Yahoo CEO, new mom prioritizes God, family, work

At Fortune Magazine's "Most Powerful Women" dinner  in Palo Alto, Calif., businesswoman Marissa Mayer, who was criticized for juggling a short maternity leave and her new role as Yahoo’s CEO, says she has found balance by “ruthlessly prioritizing” God, family and then Yahoo, citing legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi.

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>>> yahoo!'s new ceo, 37-year-old marissa mayer , is one of the country's most high-profile working moms. so how is she adjusting to her pressure-packed job and being a new mother? we got exclusive access to mayer 's first interview about how she's juggling it all. nbc's diana alvear has more on that. diana , good morning.

>> reporter: good morning. two months after the birth of her son marissa mayer gave her first and last interview about life as ceo of yahoo ! and new mother. interviewed by "fortune" magazine in front of a crowd of invited guests, mostly women, marissa mayer focused on her two new roles

>> i knew that the job would be hard, and i knew that the baby would be fun, and i -- and i -- and the thing that surprised me, and really puzzled me so, is that the job is really fun. like yahoo ! is -- yahoo ! is a really fun place to work, and the baby's been easy. the baby's been way easier than everyone made it out to be.

>> reporter: mayer was just 37 years old in july when she was named ceo of yahoo ! becoming the youngest ceo of a fortune 500 company. she was also six months pregnant and announced that she only planned to take a week or two away from the office. in contrast, in a 2008 interview on "today," mayer , then a google executive, seemed to back longer maternity leave.

>> i mean, basically said, you know, a baby and a googler should have their parent at home for six weeks or three months, and it should be standard from that child's point of view, and i think that means that ultimately it's a really supportive environment for women, but it doesn't necessarily mean special treatment for women.

>> reporter: on september 30th came the birth announcement via twitter from mayer 's husband and true to her word, two weeks later, the new mom tweeted she was back at work.

>> what's the most important thing that you do to get it all done?

>> you have to prioritize, and i do -- that's one of the reasons i haven't been talking and i'm going to go back to not talking.

>> reporter: all mayer has only run yahoo ! since july, her management style is clearly clicking with investors. theistic's up 18%. as a wisconsin native, she cited legendary green bay packers coach vince lombardi for his drive for success and winning.

>> vince lombardi says, you know, in my life there are three things, god, family and the green bay packers , in that order, right? and, you know, i think for me it's god, family and yahoo ! in that order.

>> and in a few hours, mayer joins a group of ceos for a meeting with president obama about the ongoing negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff, and then she eel have just enough time to get home for her son's two-month birthday on friday. matt?

>> diana , thank you very much.