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.
Hannah Sung is a video and podcast producer at The Globe and Mail and a privilege of her gig was producing a podcast series about race in Canada called Colour Code that shot to the top of the Apple Podcast chart last year. We asked Hannah what she learned on this aural journey for herself, for her kids and for us, too.
After a first career minding major athletes and rap stars (including a stint with Kanye West and surviving the Taylor Swift hooplah by his side), Nova Browning Rutherford is now a personal development coach and speaker. She’s carved out a career that’s better suited to her desire to help others, however she admits her three-year-old twins can often test her own well-honed life skills. Here’s her road-tested self-care advice for working moms.
Bernadette Morra has a long-standing love affair with her work. Her career as a fashion editor and reporter has spanned over 25 years with an impressive tenure at The Star followed by 7 years as the editor-in-chief of FASHION magazine. Quitting her profession was never in her vocabulary after she had her twin sons who are now 18-years old. Her secret? Stop questioning work-life balance and simply accept it with grace and style.
Audrey Hyams Romoff is a public relations personality that’s enjoyed a long career with clients such as Estée Lauder, Shoppers Drug Mart, David Yurman, Victoria’s Secret and Crate and Barrel. Her drive and commitment to her work is something she never let go of and she says it was difficult being a Type-A career woman with a growing family along for the ride. And FYI: She’s not ashamed to admit that life got messy.
Delphine Nicholls is a founding partner of ROI Relations whose impressive client list includes Club Monaco, Maybelline New York and The Body Shop. Since launching her business, she has had two littles ones. That’s a lot to manage but this mom has also learned that the art of letting go quickly makes her days that much easier and enjoyable. Bravo.
Having worked with fashion magazines like Elle Canada, Glow, Fashion, Canadian Living and Marie Claire Indonesia, and entrusted to paint the tips of celebs such as Carly Rae Jepsen and Hilary Duff, Melissa Forrest has serious beauty cred. To the fashion set she’s known as part of an all-star team at Tips Nail Bar, but she’s also one cool mom to two daughters, age 20 and 18, and admits that motherhood continues to teach her so much more about herself.
Tania Kwong is the editor-in-chief of Glow magazine and appears as a beauty expert for TV shows such as The Social, ET Canada and The Global Morning Show. Tania describes herself as a mother/nourisher/maker/frequent smiler on Instagram where you can witness her charmed perspective come to life. And trust us, she really is a frequent smiler and we’re convinced her sunny disposition is what makes working motherhood a state of grace.
Susie Sheffman has been a stylist and creative influencer in the fashion business for over 35 years. “I love what I do and it’s just a seamless part of my day. Work has never been something that I dread…it really makes me happy.” While her career flourished, so did her family and here she tells us how she enjoyed the ride.
Brandon Hall is the creative director of Sutherland Models where he’s been working for over 15 years. His gig means he preps up-and-coming stars with the kind of professional finesse to make it onto the international runways of major fashion houses and into full-scale advertising campaigns…His dreamy job is impressive, for sure, but what’s just as awesome is his journey towards fatherhood.