Anita Gatto is the Chief Growth Officer of her own experiential marketing agency, Self Employed. Along with her business partner, Chief Branding Officer and new mom, Sarah Ivory, they’re forging a new way to find start-up success that embraces working motherhood, instead of stifling it like so many of their job environments did before.
Like so many of us, Megan Cassidy needed more to satisfy her creative flow and she welcomed the relief of her mid-career change. Long-time friend and architect Jane Son felt the need for change too and last year they launched Casson Hardware.
There’s no other mama that’s going to tell you the cold, stone truth about starting your own biz than Anna-Maria, founder of mimiTENS. With persistence, passion and a few hiccups in hindsight, she’s sharing her #momboss tips to what you need to know when busting out on your own.
To solve her rosacea issues Phoebe Song created Snow Fox Skincare — a line that uses a formula was created by scientists versed in traditional Chinese medicine as well as western technology. It’s also 100 percent natural, touts only essential oils and herbal extracts, plus the brand has already earned cult status. Oh, and PS: Kourtney Kardashian fan-girls over the Snow Fox Cooling Sheet Mask.
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.
Sonia Keuroghlian heads up Keu, an online resource that decodes all you need to know about the non-toxic beauty biz. Her nine years spent as a corporate lawyer informed the measures she took to begin her entrepreneurial journey and today she shares how she made her business ready for take-off.
Amy Malcolm launched her handmade and luxe leather collection, Opelle, in 2009. She went legit in 2013 when she incorporated the business, brought on a consultant, built a design studio and that’s also when she had her first baby. Today, she’s got her second babe on her hip while her biz keeps buzzing thanks to bringing on a business partner who’s given her the boost to bring her work and home life together.
Rochelle de Goias launched Girls E-Mentorship (GEM) five years ago. Her program offers guidance to female youth facing socio-economic barriers. Within the last couple of years, she also had two littles and admits she’s figuring out how to be a mom who’s comfortable with letting go in order to succeed.
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.
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.