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

102: Micheal 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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101 Neeta and Nishka Lulla on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta (3)

101: Neeta Lulla & Nishka Lulla Mehra — By Design: A Mother’s Bond, Life, and Legacy

101: Neeta Lulla & Nishka Lulla Mehra — By Design: A Mother’s Bond, Life, and Legacy 1920 1080 Chase Jennings

I am so thrilled to do this interview as it’s with a mother and daughter duo I am blessed to have as dear family friends and I’ve had the opportunity to witness their evolution and impact on the fashion and film industry on the global scale, first hand.

They are Neeta and Nishka Lulla.

Neeta Lulla symbolises elegance, romance and opulence. Her designs are a unique blend of feminine fragility and power. Using India’s rich cultural heritage of craftsmanship, embroidery techniques and textiles Neeta Lulla creates her representation of Indian Bridal and diffusion wear that draws style inspirations from Edwardian silhouettes and patterns yet remains deeply rooted in tradition and forms.

Neeta Lulla is one of the most celebrated and respected names in the Indian fashion industry today. Counted amongst India’s top bridal fashion designers she has created nothing short of a legacy in the fashion and film industry in a career spanning over 30 years.

Starting her journey at the young age of 16, Neeta Lulla finished her formal education in Dressmaking and Apparel construction from SNDT University after which she got her first job with the famous fashion choreographer Jeanne Naoroji. Crediting her time there having taught her about how a fashion show is designed she later returned to her alma mater SNDT as a lecturer and thoroughly enjoyed her experience teaching.

She was soon offered her first film project to style. Taking the opportunity head on Neeta Lulla impressed everyone with her creativity and skill and in no time became one of the most celebrated designers of Bollywood having worked with leading directors and actors of the industry.

In 2005 Neeta Lulla launched her flagship store in Mumbai, to cater to her growing global clientele. Bridal, trousseau consultancy and diffusion wear are the primary offerings of Neeta Lulla label.

In 2008 she became the first designer to launch her online retail platform and by 2009 she established her distribution network over 5 continents. With the growing demand for her designs she was proud to recently launch her second flagship store in DLF Emporio, Delhi in 2016. Whether it was incorporating Tanjore paintings in her designs to introducing pre stitched sarees in India in 2001 or Fibre Optics to her collection in 2017 she has always been on the forefront of curious exploration and experimentation. Hence, she also been named as the ‘Czarina of Indian Fashion’.

Neeta lives in Bombay with her husband Dr. Shyam Lulla, and they have two children, Siddharth and Nishka,.

Neeta’s daughter Nishka was born into fashion and it style and an eye for design is in her blood.

Nishka Lulla Mehra also graduated from SNDT College, Mumbai and is also a design consultant for the fashion brand ‘Provogue’ and for the shoe brand ‘Mochi’ in India. Her label ‘Nisshk’ launched in 2009 has a chic, vibrant and funky clothing line consisting of dresses, shorts, jump suits and skirts and the embellishments are catchy, innovative and versatile using unusual materials to create the perfect coordinated look. Her label also has a range of accessories like clutches, bags and watches.

A moment I had a chance to witness while working as a television anchor for CNN in India was Nishka’s debut at Lakme Fashion Week. She won a competition out of 100 GenNext designers to design an outfit and collection for Katrina Kaif, the brand ambassador for Barbie. When she sashayed down the ramp, it was a defining moment for Nishka and what was to come.

Nishka is settled in Bombay with her husband Dhruv Mehra and has a daughter, Miraya.

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100 Rachel Blumenthal on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

100: Rachel Blumenthal — Putting the Fun(ction) in Kids’ Fashion

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If you’re a mom, chances are you are part of the cult following that the children’s apparel brand, Rockets of Awesome, has garnered over the years. And if you don’t know, now you know.

Today I’m joined by its Founder/CEO Rachel Blumenthal, who’s a serial entrepreneur, fervent risk taker, and mother of two alongside her husband Neil Blumenthal, CEO of transformative and socially conscious lifestyle brand of eyewear, Warby Parker.

Together, they have an equal vested partnership in raising their two wonderful children, Griffin and Gemma.

Rachel began her career at Yves Saint Laurent, before launching her first entrepreneurial venture as designer and founder of the fashion jewelry brand Rachel Leigh. The brand was licensed to GlamHouse in 2011. Rachel then lent her hand to Warby Parker, which was cofounded by her husband Neil, before founding and acting as CEO of Cricket’s Circle, the trusted resource and editorial destination for everything baby and toddler. It was the insights and learnings from the Cricket’s Circle community, in addition to her own experience as a mother that inspired the idea for Rockets of Awesome.

The company’s credo is to simplify the lives of parents and celebrate real life with kids (meltdowns included). ROA prides itself on pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a modern kids clothing brand, giving you the ability to shop whenever and however you want—whether you want to stock up when it’s convenient for you, or Subscribe + Save big. They’ll always put the win-win (a.k.a., you AND your kids loving the clothes and experience) first in everything they do. And made up of a team of moms, dadsd, aunts, and uncles, they understand the preferences and pain points to a T. Graphic T.

I’m excited to dive into this colorful conversation.

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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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97 Sheetal Sheth on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

097: Sheetal Sheth — Breaking Barriers in Communities, Film, and Life

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Sheetal Sheth is an acclaimed actress, producer, author, and activist. She is known for her provocative performances in a wide range of memorable roles on film and television. She has starred in over 20 feature films and many TV shows and is a favorite in the independent film world, having won five best actress awards on the film festival circuit. She has earned a loyal, international following. Sheetal began her career at a time when few South Asians were making their living as actors. Despite being told she’d have to change her name to work, her successful career has trail-blazed paths for other women of color across media. Sheetal supports marginalized communities not only through her own pioneering work as an actor, but by also appearing at workshops and panels and speaking directly to issues facing those communities. She is known as an outspoken advocate and has delivered talks and keynotes at festivals and charity galas.

She’s had op-eds published on CNN, The Daily Beast, and Thrive Global. She served in President Clinton’s AmeriCorps and is currently on the advisory board of Equality Now and an ambassador for CA First Partner, Jennifer Newsom’s, The Representation Project. Her first children’s book, Always Anjali was published in 2018 to wide acclaim. It won the 2019 Purple Dragonfly Storybook Grand Prize (voted on by teachers and librarians) and is set to be a series, the first and only in this age group featuring an Indian American hero.

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96 Bobbi Brown on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

096: Bobbi Brown — Motherhood, Makeup, and Making an Impact

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Things are not getting any easier as we forge ahead during these precarious times, but my guest today is a woman who chooses to lead her life with conviction and manage it all with finesse. She recently gave a commencement speech to the class of 2020 where she rallied, “Get over it, get over yourself and get out there!” And I think that slogan applies to adults and parents too, especially during these challenging times. We’ve got this and need to believe it.

Bobbi Brown is a beauty industry titan, world renowned makeup artist, best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and serial entrepreneur. As a professional makeup artist, Bobbi created 10 simple lipsticks that evolved into a global beauty empire. She has written nine beauty and wellness books and is a New York Times bestselling author. Since leaving her billion-dollar company Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in October 2016, she has launched Beauty Evolution, LLC and was certified as a health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Bobbi is a serial entrepreneur at the core. Her latest endeavors include JONES ROAD BEAUTY, an edited collection of high-performance, multi-purpose essentials and EVOLUTION_18, a line of beauty-inspired wellness products. Driven by Bobbi’s insatiable curiosity for all things lifestyle, she also curates the editorial website, justBOBBI.com. In addition, she and her husband, Steven Plofker, lovingly reimagined The George, a 32-room design-inspired boutique hotel located in Montclair, N.J. They have 3 sons Dylan, Dakota, and Duke.

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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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