Sarah Kawasaki from Fort Kids is operating a business and a family that’s a truly symbiotic relationship. Her studio is just a 5-minute walk from her home and from her work window she can spot her children playing in their school yard. Her business partner is her husband and together they dreamed up the idea of launching design-savvy, locally-made, cool kids clothing. Enviably, they’re pursuing the collective goal of making work and play one in the same.
Chef Alexandra Feswick says mashing up parenthood with her career keeps her at happy and at ease no matter how busy her schedule gets… and with no regrets.
Sue Henderson started her jewelry collection, Suetables, as a part-time hobby .Then her divorce forced her to re-think her casual business plan. Instead of going back to her former life as a PR director for media channels like HGTV and the Food Network, she brought her hand-stamped designs to full-time speed for herself, her kids and her evolving fan base. Here’s how she did it.
Lisa Mattam, the founder of Ayurvedic skincare line Sahajan, isn’t your usual beauty geek. She has cast broad strokes in big pharma, leadership training, strategic process and organizational development. Eventually Lisa’s daughter interrupted her steady groove as amanagement consultant and kick-started a new dream. Here’s how she lifted her one-year-old brand off the ground, step-by-step, and is making strides at home and abroad.
Charlotte Jenkins is a buyer for Toronto retailer Gotstyle and she strategically organizes her wardrobe so she can get dressed with less stress. “Everything in my closet I can wear right now. This means doing a seasonal flip four times a year, but that’s worth knowing that every morning I can get dressed in minutes.” We asked her to show us what she wears for work, play and weekend.
Diane Bald nurtured the Roots brand for over 40 years with her husband, Michael Budman, and their business partners and best friends, Don and Denyse Green. Last year the company sold a majority stake and now she’s thinking about what’s next. She has something up her sleeve (however she’s staying mum about it) but what she is willing to talk about are the lessons she’s learned as a working mom who helped build a success story while bringing up her children.
Pamela Kennedy has a rich background in corporate PR working for major beauty brands like Oscar de la Renta, Alfred Sung, Royal Doulton, Smashbox Cosmetics, Estée Lauder and Dr. Roebuck’s skincare. Some she’s worked for full-time and others are clients of PK Communications, a PR shop she started over 12 years ago. Although she’s been wooed to come back full-time by luxe-minded companies, she’s never been tempted to make the switch. Naturally, we had to find out why.
To celebrate we invited a group of our featured Real Moms to Saks Fifth Avenue at Sherway Gardens, where they received treatments courtesy of Tata Harper and noshed on yummies from Pusateri’s. Plus Joanna Track (the digital mastermind behind sweetspot.ca and now, thebullet.ca) doled out words of wisdom for career-loving moms. Read on for her life-changing tips and a chance to win this gift pack from Tata Harper.
Catriona Smart is mastering the art of change. Within the last couple of years, she oversaw a complete home renovation and design project and launched her own PR agency while maintaining her lifestyle blog and events company, Coco & Cowe. She also journeyed through a divorce and is taking her first steps as a single working mom. It’s not enough to say this mom is pivoting…she’s redesigning her life.
Allison is the owner of September Project. In her own words, it’s ” all about unique and honest messaging (i.e., stuff you actually think and want say to the people you care about) delivered simply and beautifully in a way that lets the words do the talking. Today she’s using the power of words to share her personal experience of miscarriage which we all agree should be an on-going and open-hearted conversation instead of a secret.