Kids & Family

102 Michael Perry on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

MICHAEL PERRY: Making Parenting Easier

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Imagine if parents had a project management app to help run the household and village. We all know there are so many balls in the air from ordering diapers to groceries to making fresh baby food to dropping kids off to soccer practice or ballet.

This app will restore the harmony at home. It’s called Maple and today I’m joined the mastermind behind it, Michael Perry.

Michael Perry is the Founder and CEO of Maple, a company focused on building a better world for all parents. Prior to founding Maple, Michael founded Kit, which he sold to Shopify in 2016 and where worked for over four years as an executive overseeing Marketing Technology. He has been included on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, recognized by Inc. Magazine for his contributions in the messaging space, and named one of the top marketing executives in the world by Business Insider. Michael Currently lives in California with his wife, son, and two bulldogs.

What I first noticed about you was your humility, your gratitude, and your passion for making an impact and truly leaving the world in a better place than when you found it.

I know those who work with you feel the same so I want to start with hearing from your team to kick things off.

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99 Robyn Ward on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

099: Robyn Ward — Thinking Like a Leader to Become a Great Parent

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Robyn Ward is a 20+ year veteran of the technology startup space. She started FounderForward, a boutique leadership development firm, to help founders and executives uplevel themselves and build high-performing teams, cultures and companies. Current and past clients include Ritual, Ordermark, Tala, STEM, and Toucan, among others. A sought after keynote and panelist, Robyn speaks at conferences, companies, and venture firms on topics relating to: Entrepreneurial Mindset, Peak Performance, and Best-Self Leadership. She also co-teaches “Performance Mindset for Business” at her Alma Mater USC.

Prior to FounderForward, Robyn launched and ran the strategic investment arm of United Talent Agency, where she drove investments in Patreon, MikMak. HouseParty, and Thrive Market, among others. Before UTA, Robyn was a business development and operations executive who served on the founding leadership teams of several venture-backed startups, including Docstoc (acquired by Intuit) and Verified Person (acquired by Sterling Talent Solutions).

Robyn is a passionate community-builder and connector, as well as a long-time champion of DEI in the tech ecosystem and beyond. She has been named a Top Woman in LA Tech by DigitalLA and a Top LA Tech Ambassador by TechWeek. Robyn is a Techstars All-Star Mentor (#givefirst), an Expert Network Advisor to Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Fund, a Board Member of the Women Founders Network (WFN), an LP in The Fund, and a proud part-owner in Angel City Football Club.

She adopted her son Ryder who is 1.5 years old and is a beacon for women and men who knew they wanted to have children but are unaware of the adoption process.

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95 Stephanie Dua on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

095: Stephanie Powell Dua — Teaching Your Kids Life Lessons

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With over 25 years experience in education, Stephanie Dua committed to developing better education opportunities and life outcomes for our children. As co-founder and president of HOMER, an early learning brand that builds personalized learning experiences for kids, she’s passionate about crafting products that support children – and parents – on the profoundly personal journey to reading. HOMER rejects a one-size-fits-all approach to learning. Instead, the learning app taps into a child’s unique passions, teaching them the skills they need to be confident readers who love to learn.

Prior to founding HOMER, Stephanie served as CEO of the NYC Fund for Public Schools, raising more than $165 million to support literacy and teacher training efforts in the country’s largest school district, was Senior Advisor to the Common Core Standards effort and worked with the Robin Hood Foundation, helping build 50 award-winning new school libraries across New York. In a modern environment where parents are inundated with information, she seeks to simplify what and who matters most in helping your child reach their potential.

She currently lives in Coconut Grove, FL with her husband and three daughters. Stephanie’s hero is her mother, and her values are alive in Stephanie today, and thriving further still in her daughters, Anya (16), Siona (14), and Isla (11).

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092: Ali Koplar Wyatt — Building Businesses, Brands & Bosses

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Ali Koplar Wyatt is a veteran of the start-up world, having worked in a leadership capacity at iconic lifestyle and culture shifting companies like Goop, Refinery29 and most recently, launching Female Founder Collective with Rebecca Minkoff. She is a business builder, advisor to start-ups and an investor in female funded businesses.

Ali was one of the first employees at Refinery29 and was tasked with building an ad and brand partnership business from scratch, subsequently assembling a world-class team that integrated custom collaboration with brands on editorial, product, design, and consumer marketing. Under Wyatt’s leadership, the sales team grew from a few hundred thousand in advertising revenue to well into the tens of millions of dollars in just four years, securing a spot for Refinery29 on the Inc500 for three consecutive years.

She left Refinery29 to become the first CRO at Goop, where she architected and launched the business in the US, introducing brand advertising that included a mix of native content, immersive experiences, and integrated media alongside beautifully constructed content. Staying true to her entrepreneurial spirit, she then turned to starting a company from scratch, joining forces with Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso to launch a female-focused media business called Girlboss, which hosts thousands of women at cross-country rallies and galvanizes the voices of women in key life transition points in countries throughout the world.

Through her journey, she has become passionate about not only supporting start-ups through advising, but also through investing in female-led companies as an angel investor. Past and current investments include Tia Women’s Health Clinic, Humanified, Caribu, The Wonder, Good Mylk, Forward Space, Summersalt, Hatch Collection, Refinery29, Sunscoop, Girlboss, The Wing, Goop, Golde, iFundWomen and Heymama Co. She is proud to invest in women to build a better future for themselves and their families.

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91 Jeanne Bleu on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

091: Jeanne Bleu — Toys That Bring Joy During Each Milestone

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Are you worried your kids are addicted to their screens and are not using their imagination and curiosity as much as they should?

Do you feel like toys and gadgets have taken over your home and you just want to go back to the basics with minimal things for your babies and kids to play with, that happen to be decoration pieces too?

Today, I’m joined by the creative director of Manhattan Toy Company, Jeanne Bleu, who is going to share her special connection to toys and why the brand is so intentional about serving parents with thoughtfully crafted toys that stand the test of time and are made to pique a child’s development at every stage.

Jeanne Bleu began her career as a graphic designer and illustrator and decided to take time off to raise her two children. During that time, she took on various part time pursuits including being a muralist, painter, co-owned a gift and furniture store. When she made her foray back into the work force, she was the illustrator at a stationary company, a trend director at gift and stationery company, and creative director of Manhattan Toy since 2014.

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90 Nichole Healy on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

090: Nichole Healy — Photo Books Made Easy for the Paparazzi Parent

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When it comes to photos of your kids. What are you having most trouble with?

Organization – You have so many digital photos from newborn phase on up and you don’t know how to compartmentalize it all?

Time – You would love to be the scrapbooking mom but just don’t have the time or energy to do it. Life in a pandemic is all consuming!

Lack of Creativity – You tried apps online but you don’t have the creativity to create a photo book from scratch on your own.

We are going to answer all your questions around preserving photos and precious memories today!

Nichole Healy’s background starts with dance, which she pursued even at the college level. She studied dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She always had a desire to build a business, as she hails from an entrepreneurial family and also wanted to create a business that was BOTH meaningful and provided the kind of freedom that allowed her to adventure with her own family!

To that end, Nichole began her entrepreneurial endeavor when she was feeling tremendous mom-guilt over not having photo books done for her family. She thought there had to be an easier way to stay on top of getting her memories archived into photo books. She quickly discovered other parents were also frustrated that their memories were lost to the cloud too.

Her business meets this frustration head on. Memory My Way was founded in 2017 when Nichole started taking on clients one-on-one. Along the way she became a Certified Photo Organizer and today, she has gathered everything she knows about organizing, curating, and getting a plan in place for success into a membership experience. Inside, each member can take control of their photo clutter (if they feel unorganized) and/or put a system in place to get photo books done every year by learning from her self-paced courses and workshops. Each member is paired with a professional designer who custom creates photo books for them – saving tons of precious time and ensuring their books get done. Her mission is to help families rescue their memories from the cloud and remember their best adventures gathered around photo books, instead of another screen!

Nichole is also working on moving the membership to a web and mobile app that will only make all of this easier and more streamlined going forward. She describes her app as “the cloud with a heart” because it will be more concerned with getting memories into our hands instead of just keeping them locked away in the cloud.

Nichole is married to her husband of almost 11 years, who is a pilot, and they have two boys ages 7 and 9. They live near Atlanta, GA in the Northeast Georgia Mountains.

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87 Saranne Rothberg on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

087: Saranne Rothberg — Laughter Is The Best Medicine

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My guest today is a force. She’s a mother and a healer and a motivational speaker to a global audience with here life’s work.

From stage IV cancer patient to ComedyCures CEO, Saranne Rothberg is a sought-after healthcare thought leader, speaker, patient advocate, and health and happiness expert, and is regularly featured on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX & PBS.

Saranne collaborates with Fortune 500 companies, leading medical centers, The World Health Organization, The United Nations, The National Cancer Institute, U.S. military, and many prestigious universities and non-profits. She creates innovative global wellness-related programming in all media formats, collaborating with a myriad of healthcare professionals, thought leaders, researchers, and entertainers to start conversations, share ideas at healthcare conventions, stimulate research and find solutions across healthcare and many industries.

Saranne launched The ComedyCures Foundation from her chemo chair in 1999 and today is cancer-free, helping over one million people at over 1,800 live and digital events worldwide rediscover their funny bone, mojo, and purpose. ComedyCures.org is an acclaimed non-profit organization that brings joy, hope, laughter, and therapeutic edu-tainment to patients, caregivers and those who need it most.

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86 Ali Levine on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta.jpg

086: Ali Levine — Taking Risks + Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone

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Today I’m excited to feature a guest who is a known risk-taker and prides herself on living by her own terms. Ali Levine.

Celebrity stylist and motherhood/fashion/lifestyle expert Ali Levine believes that no matter where you roam, from the laundry room to the red carpet, authenticity is your superpower and “confidence is your best accessory.” Raised in the high-velocity fashion culture of New York City, a natural gift for style led Levine to opportunities working with international designers like Coach, Talbots, and the opening of New York’s flagship Target location. A transition to television/film took her to Hollywood, where she founded the Ali Levine Design headquarters, quickly establishing herself as LA’s “it” girl of celebrity styling with a star-studded portfolio that includes top names like Jesse McCartney, Arianny Celeste, Holly Robinson Peete, Joey King, Gretchen Rossi, Lisa Vanderpump and more. She rose to reality stardom with her Bravo show Stipped, which had exposed couple’s relationships wilee stripping them of everything they own – clothing, furniture, money, coveted possessions, to uncover what truly matters most.

After the arrival of her first child, daughter Amelia Rei, Levine wholeheartedly embraced the role of mompreneur/mommy influencer. She is now a mama of two and shares her real raw truth of motherhood. She is a sought-after motherhood style/lifestyle expert covered by Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, NY Times, and LA Times, with design ideas featured on national network television and in print/online media outlets such as Real Simple, PopSugar, and FabFitFun. She is also one of Yahoo’s “Top Influencers to Watch and Follow in 2020.” The Ali Levine blog – which shares the unfiltered moment-to-moment evolution that is #MomLife, along with everyday style inspiration – earned a spot among the top 100 personal stylist blogs and has been named one of the top 40 LA fashion blogs. On the “Everything with Ali Levine” podcast, the New York hotshot-turned-Hollywood style maven delivers a real, raw look at her own motherhood journey amid the treasures she’s uncovered in the universal search for authenticity, spiritual wholeness, and happiness.

Follow along at AliLevine.com and on Instagram @AliLevineDesign. Discover true-life inspirational interviews with some of Levine’s fellow A-list moms in the 5-star rated “Everything with Ali Levine” podcast on iTunes.

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83 Debbie Reber on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

083: Debbie Reber — Raising ‘Differently Wired’ Kids

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Deborah Reber, MA, is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and speaker who moved her career in a more personal direction in 2016 when she founded TiLT Parenting, a top resource for parents like her who are raising differently wired children. The TiLT Parenting Podcast has grown to be a top podcast in iTunes’ Kids and Family category, with nearly 3 million downloads and a slate of guests that includes high-profile thought leaders across the parenting and education space. A certified Positive Discipline trainer and a regular contributor to Psychology Today and ADDitude Magazine, Debbie’s newest book is Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World. In November 2018, she spoke at TEDxAmsterdam, delivering a talk entitled Why the Future Will Be Differently Wired.

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82 Ashi Jelinek on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

082: Ashi Jelinek — Hey Kids, Go Drink Your Vitamins!

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Wouldn’t it be cool if kids could drink their vitamins and enjoy them? Well, they can. You may have seen this founder’s products on the shelves at Walmart, CVS, or on Amazon or Thrive Market — Kids Luv. They are changing the game for kids’ drink boxes everywhere!

Ashi Jelinek is a Los Angeles-based mother of three who found the market lacked innovative, health conscious children’s products. Before becoming a stay-at-home parent, Ashi started her career in theatre in New York and attained her undergraduate degree in theater/communications at California Institute of the Arts. In launching The Luving Company in 2018, Ashi brings her personal experiences as a mother along with her passion for health and wellness. Focusing on promoting a healthy lifestyle to her kids, Ashi set out to create a new brand for both her own and other families alike. Ashi developed KidsLuv in 2018 upon realizing all kids’ drinks were laden with sugar and little health benefits, and combined with pediatric dentists’ recommendation to avoid gummy vitamins, KidsLuv was born. She intentionally developed the product to meet almost any need: it’s Certified Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher, Gluten-free, and packaged in an 8 oz. recyclable, resealable, straw-free drink carton.

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