104b Rebecca Minkoff on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta


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Rebecca Minkoff is a global fashion brand that was founded by brother and sister duo Rebecca Minkoff & Uri Minkoff in 2005 in New York City. The brand has four domestic retail stores, nine international locations, and is distributed in over 900 stores worldwide.

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Show Notes:

  • 02:00 – Introduction
  • 04:20 – Finding your own path
  • 07:13 – Positional treadmill
  • 08:40 – First fashion show
  • 13:00 – Dawn of social media + specialty stores
  • 14:35 – Weaving diversity into DNA of the brand
  • 18:12 – Collab with StichFix
  • 21:00 – SuperWomen podcast
  • 25:24 – Being a first time mom
  • 27:20 – How you can be healthier
  • 31:00 – The tribe
  • 31:30 – Values learned from parents to pass down
  • 35:00 – You have to be the change you want to see
  • 36:03 – Mom Haul
  • 37:33 – Mom sense moments and a piece of advice – “Don’t sweat the small stuff”

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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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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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81 Emily Groden on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

081: Emily Groden — Who Wants Waffles?

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As many of us are homeschooling our kids or managing their hybrid school schedules along with our own work day, we’re all scrambling in the mornings. Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day as our kiddos are breaking their fast of 12 hours of sleep beforehand. So we want to give them foods that are satiating and nourishing.

Today, we’re talking to a female and mom founder, Emily Groden, who’s helping make breakfast a little easier and a lot healthier. Her company is called Evergreen and they specialize in waffles.

Evergreen, features miniature waffles made with 100% whole wheat, no refined sugar or dairy, and flavored only with fruits, vegetables, nuts or spices. Varieties include banana peanut butter, mixed berry almond, matcha chocolate chip, zucchini and carrot, and pumpkin and pecan. The products are available to purchase online and in Whole Foods stores throughout the Midwest.

As a working mom, Emily Groden needed a quick and easy breakfast for her toddler, but was not willing to sacrifice quality, nutrition, or taste for convenience. Launched in early March 2020, Evergreen frozen waffles are made with 100 percent whole wheat flour and flavored only by real fruits, vegetables, nuts and spices – without refined sugar, dairy, or preservatives.

While Emily originally created Evergreen for her own family, she is now on a mission to clean up the frozen waffle category. Carried in more than 45 Whole Foods Market locations across the Midwest and counting, Evergreen is rapidly growing a loyal base of health-conscious consumers who appreciate the clean ingredients, nutritional benefits, and delicious flavors.

From day one, Emily has focused on embedding philanthropy and social responsibility into her brand’s DNA. Evergreen currently makes monthly contributions to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and ongoing food donations to the Common Pantry in Lakeview, a nonprofit dedicated to combating hunger and food insecurity in Chicago neighborhoods.

Prior to founding Evergreen, Emily served as General Counsel for The Alinea Group, owner of the only 3-Michelin Star restaurant in Chicago, and Tock, an industry-shifting reservation platform. Before her pivot into the hospitality industry, Emily practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis as a corporate associate focused on mergers and acquisitions and worked for Analysis Group, an economic consulting firm in Boston.
A lifelong athlete with a passion for food, Emily was a Division I swimmer in college, is an Ironman finisher and Boston Marathon qualifier, and a recipient of the Level I and Level II Awards in Wines through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

Emily graduated cum laude from Yale College and Harvard Law School. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter Riley, Evergreen’s number one fan.

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80 JJ Ramberg on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

080: JJ Ramberg — Building a Social Network Through Podcasting

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JJ Ramberg is the co-founder of Goodpods – the podcast centric social networking app where you can follow friends and influencers — ranging from Malcolm Gladwell and Gwyneth Paltrow to Kim Kardashian and me (Kanika) — to see what they’re listening to. Before this, JJ spent over a decade as the anchor of the show Your Business on MSNBC and she founded the mission-driven coupon company Goodshop which has donated more than $14 million to causes designated by its users. JJ has three kids ages 10, 11 and 12 and is married to her architect husband Scott Glass.

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Rafi Nova Marissa Goldstiein

078: Marissa Goldstein — Repairing the World Through Work, Travel + Parenting

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There are many heroes that have made a substantial impact during the global pandemic. Veterans of sustainable product manufacturing, Co-Founders Marissa and Adam Goldstein, who founded Rafi Nova named after their two sets of twins and travel partners: Raya, Efi, Noa, and Eyva, quickly pivoted their business to give back.

Known for their handcrafted bags, they began making 100% cotton face masks and donated 150,000 masks to frontline workers.

Rafi Nova is a social enterprise on a mission to create products that meet the ever-changing needs of families while connecting global communities. Founded as a fair-trade fashion brand to equip adventurous families with sustainably made travel bags, the company shifted focus to face masks to solve the urgent needs of families and communities.

Marissa Goldstein is a proud mother to two sets of twins and CEO leading sustainable fair-trade travel accessory brand, Rafi Nova. As an avid traveler, Marissa founded Rafi Nova to encourage families to travel while creating meaningful connections with global communities. While the pandemic shifted her company’s production to face masks it expanded the company’s ability to connect and protect communities and support social causes committed to inclusivity. Under Marissa’s leadership, Rafi Nova will have donated more than 150,000 masks to organizations in need and workers on the front line by the year’s end.

Prior to launching Rafi Nova, Marissa and her husband, Adam, worked in the sustainable product manufacturing industry. After earning an MBA at Babson University, Marissa and her family of four (at the time) split their time in Vietnam and Boston, MA. While in Vietnam in 2017, Marissa noticed a group of Hmong women were selling handmade clothes made from brightly colored textiles. Goldstein felt compelled to tell those people’s stories and incorporate it into her business.

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  • RAFI NOVA: Receive 20% off on Rafi Nova products (kids + adult face masks, bags, etc.) using the promo code MOMSENSE20
75 Gabrielle Bernstein on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

076: Gabrielle Bernstein — Manifesting Your Dream Life

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Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could use your super powers to attract exactly what you want in life? Whether you are vying for that promotion, yearning to find love again, or praying for a child, you can manifest what you want. And my guest today can show you how.

I am thrilled to have with me New York Times bestselling author, international speaker, and spiritual junkie, Gabrielle Bernstein on my show.

In 2008, she founded HerFuture.com, a social networking and mentoring website for women. She has worked as a public relations entrepreneur and is the founder SparkPlug Communications. She co-founded the Women’s Entrepreneurial Network, a non-profit professional organization that connects female entrepreneurs, and has written seven books including Add More Ing to Your Life, The Universe Has Your Back – Transform Fear to Faith, and most recently Super Attractor – Methods for Manifesting a Life Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.

She’s been on a spiritual path in life. It all started with her sitting by her mother’s side, meditating in ashrams in upstate New York.

She turned to spirituality on and off throughout her teens and early twenties. She was a dabbler until her darkest hour. It was spirituality that saved her in October 2005, when she hit bottom and got sober.

The day she chose sobriety was the day she became a Spirit Junkie. She started soaking up spiritual principles, meditation practices and anything else that helped her get aligned with her true purpose: to be a source of love and inspiration in the world.

Her mission is to help you crack open to a spiritual relationship of your own understanding so that you can live in alignment with your true purpose, too!

There are many ways that Gabby can help you, no matter where you are on your spiritual path.

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071 Lesley Butler on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

071: Lesley Butler — What’s For Dinner? This Smart Oven Is Doing the Cooking

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Since the pandemic began, families have been opting to eat at home instead of dining out and premium delivery services have become not only ubiquitous, they’re necessary. This new food tech startup sends you premium meals with a subscription, but you get something else — your very own smart oven. It’s called Tovala. You simply scan the barcode and the oven knows exactly how much time to cook it for. What I was most fascinated about is that it can scan other bar codes like frozen foods from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.

On today’s episode, I interview Lesley Butler, CMO of Tovala. A proud Canadian, she holds a BComm from Queen’s University and an MBA from Harvard. She’s spent 15 years in consumer marketing, innovation, and strategy roles at Pepsico, Bain, and Kraft. Most recently at Pepsico, she co-led marketing for the Quaker brand and oversaw innovation, launching over 30 products generating $200MM in revenue. Tovala has become a dinnertime savior in her busy life with two young boys. Her favorite ingredient is basil.

Since joining Tovala in 2018, Lesley has helped drive 5x growth and deliver over 1MM meals to customers. At Tovala Lesley oversees all marketing efforts across the customer journey including new user acquisition, customer experience, brand and design.

Prior to joining Tovala, Lesley was founder of The Growth Project, a strategic marketing advisory business helping early stage food & beverage startups chart a consumer-led path to growth. Previously, Lesley spent nearly 15 years in the CPG Food & Beverage industry where she held a number of senior roles in marketing, innovation, and strategy at Pepsico, Bain & Company, and Kraft Foods. During her time at Pepsico she launched over 30 new products generating over $200MM in annual revenue.

Originally from Canada, Lesley holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and lives in Chicago with her husband and 2 young boys.

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052: Liza Huber — Sage Advice on Entrepreneurship + Motherhood

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Liza Huber is an entrepreneur, award-winning cookbook author, wife, mom of 4 and the CEO & Founder of Sage Spoonfuls; one of the most trusted brands in mealtime products for babies and kids available at major retailers both nationwide and internationally.

Liza had the idea for Sage Spoonfuls after her first baby was born. She couldn’t find homemade baby food products that offered the ease of use, convenience and quality she was looking for. At the time, she was working for NBC and didn’t have the desire to start a new business, but just a year and half later, her second child was born 9 weeks premature and everything changed.

After nearly losing her son, the importance of giving babies the healthiest start to life became her mission. She made a career pivot from TV to entrepreneur and dedicated herself fully to developing a product line that made healthy easy for busy parents. It was then that Sage Spoonfuls was born.

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044: Anjali Kumar — Legal Counsel, Business Strategy, and Spiritualism

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This episode is for the mompreneurs in the audience. So you have your newly launched brand and have taken it to market. You are seeing steady growth, are consistently posting compelling content on your company website and social media channels, and are engaging with your audience in an authentic way.

Last week, we talked about creating a buzz and establishing your brand credibility through Event Production with veteran Rachel Paige Goldstein.

Today, we are talking about all things legal related to your business. Enter author, attorney, advisor, speaker and idea acupuncturist, Anjali Kumar.

Anjali recently co-founded The Justice Dept, a women-led firm focusing on legal counsel and business strategy development for female entrepreneurs, executives, talent, and brands in technology, consumer product, entertainment, and fashion. Prior to that, she was the Founding Chief People Officer and General Counsel at Cheddar, and the Founding Head of Social Innovation and Founding General Counsel at Warby Parker. Anjali was Founding General Counsel at Acumen and Senior Counsel at Google. While at Google, Anjali curated and hosted the Google Speaker Series on campus in NYC bringing Googlers from around the globe face-to-face with today’s most prominent and innovative thought leaders including Anthony Bourdain, Questlove, and Jacques Pépin and hosted a YouTube interview series “Lunchtime at Google.”

Anjali has taught for several years as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and Fordham University. She has served as an advisor to prominent technology companies, luxury fashion brands, consumer products, and non-profit organizations including Malala Fund and IDEO.org.

In November 2017 she spoke at TEDWomen. Her “beautiful inspiring, and funny” talk “My Failed Mission To Find God – And What I Found Instead”, based on her book Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search For Something To Believe In (Hachette 2018), has been watched by over 3 million people around the world and translated into over twenty languages.

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