Vanessa Grant is the president of Mommyfluencer, a boutique branded content and influencer marketing agency that connects parenting and women-focused brands with stylish, influential moms. She quit her full-time employment to freelance so she could be home with her first son. She shares how she traded in one career for another, plus dishes on her holiday must-haves that are keeping her sane this season.
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Retail pro, Julia Grieve of Preloved, shares her ups and downs of being a working mom, her reasons for trading brick-and-mortar for online, and why sometimes it’s all about her.
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.
Joanna Track has launched big and exciting digital ventures during her career and now she’s got The Bullet, a daily newsletter that runs down the top news of the day which she personally curates for busy moms like us. With this biz, she’s redefining her journey of entrepreneurship as a single parent and allowing motherhood to inspire her business plan.
Debra Goldblatt Sadowski’s PR business is 25-people strong with Adidas, the Juno Awards, Etsy and Club Med as clients and accolades such as spots in the Canadian Business Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs in Canada, and one of the fastest growing companies in the country according to Profit 500. Here she shares positive self-talk that will help make every diaper change, client meeting and any grown-up decision feel like it’s truly meant to be.
I’m six months into this blog and admittedly sometimes I wonder what’s it all for which is natural during any start- up idea. Then I spoke to Barb Stegemann last week while she was in town to celebrate her latest fragrance launch for her company, The 7 Virtues. After our 20-minute conversation, I felt like I had a Red Bull for my mind. I was re-energized and ready-to-go again. Sure she’s a seasoned PR pro and motivational speaker who has the right words at the tip of her tongue, however if those words inspire, they’re always worth listening to.
Martha (left) was an executive VP in the PR biz servicing major blue chip clients and Andrea (right) was a VP for Tiffany & Co. Combining their corporate savvy with a personal passion for the art of the table, they left their respective gigs and opened Hopson Grace, a retail store celebrating the art of the table. Talk about a bold move.
Denise has redefined her career as a DIY pro who teaches at George Brown College in Toronto and she shares her mojo on behalf of major brands like Walmart, HomeSense, DeSerres and Avery. She’s also the host of Holiday Makeover, the first original TV series by Makeful, a TV network for DIY spirits. She’s carved out a schedule that has plenty of time to play with her two-year-old daughter Tema and her husband Roland, while still satisfying her passions. And guess what? She doesn’t feel guilty about it. Hallelujah.
Erin Tracy is a jewelry designer whose work is seriously gorgeous. Pictures don’t do her designs justice. Visit her studio to see her work in real life, which will certainly get you hooked like we did. A mom to two kids under 6 years old, she’s managed to carve out a schedule that lets her pick them up by 3:30pm. “I like to be involved and I enjoy picking them up. It’s a lot of sacrifice and for now, it feels like the right to do. I know I’m very lucky that I have the option to be there for them.” Her commitment to her family means her creative process has changed but it’s still as fired up as ever.