Amy Burstyn Fritz is trained to dream up her daughter Grace’s first birthday party. She’s a PR, event-planning and brand-building pro who recently launched Burstyn Inc. along with her business partner and mom, Helen Burstyn. We got her to fess up about how she planned this Pinterest-ready party without stressing out.
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.
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.
Katherine Hamilton has two sons, Harry, 16, and Toby, 13, who have witnessed her evolution as an entrepreneur while nurturing her level-headedness. “Being a single mom and an entrepreneur has been stressful. My kids are the ones who motivated me to be my best and figure it all out,” she says. “Before it really was about survival and I’m happy now that it’s more about thriving.”
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.
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.
Tamara Robbins Griffith is a former stylist and editor with a career mojo that has helped her leap from one desirable industry to another. Today’s she’s a PR and Social Media manager at TJX Canada (think HomeSense, WINNERS and Marshalls) where she gets to exercise her creative and strategic muscles every day. A mom to two littles who are 1 and 5 years old, she says freelance life isn’t the more desirable path for her right now because she’s lucky to be in a position that allows both her career and family to flourish.
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.