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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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031: Reshma Saujani — Teaching Our Girls to Be Brave, Not Perfect

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In 2019, women earn .79 cents for every dollar a man makes. Though we can attribute the gender pay gap to several factors including occupational segregation, bias against working mothers, and circumstances like racial bias, disability, and access to education, there’s no denying numbers and that we still have a lot of work to do to create an even playing field.

On today’s episode, I am thrilled to have a woman and mother who has been an advocate for closing the gender gap throughout her career.

Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, the international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in tech and change the image of what a computer programmer looks like and does. It has reached 185,000 girls in all 50 states, Canada, and the UK. In 2019, Girls Who Code was awarded Most Innovative Non-Profit by Fast Company.

Reshma is the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect and has a podcast with the same name and the New York Times bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World. Reshma’s TED talk, “Teach girls, bravery not perfection,” has more than four million views and has sparked a worldwide conversation about how we’re raising our girls.

She began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, she visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code.

She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law. Her work on behalf of young women has earned her broad recognition on lists including: Fortune World’s Greatest Leaders; Fortune 40 Under 40; WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year; Forbes Most Powerful Women Changing the World; and Fast Company 100 Most Creative People, among others.

She lives in New York City with her husband, Nihal, their son, Shaan, and bulldog, Stanley.

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  • 01:51: Introduction
  • 04:03: How Reshma and Kanika met 
  • 05:10: Background
  • 07:10: Changing your given name
  • 10:00: Using your life in the service of others
  • 12:30: Rejection, failure and recovery
  • 15:55: Women in technology
  • 20:20: Girls are change makers
  • 22:40: Learning to code
  • 27:55: Allowing boys to be vulnerable and emotional
  • 30:00: Pregnancy and APS
  • 39:40: Learning how to prioritize you
  • 40:50: Mom Sense moment
  • 41:11: Quote of the day: “Brave, not perfect”
  • 41:46: Mom Haul

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014: Sue Groner — 101 Simple Strategies for Parenting with Sanity & Joy

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In my opinion, the most challenging facet to being a parent is wondering if you are making good decisions for your kids. Should I sleep train or not? How much screen time? Should I opt for a nanny or daycare? When are we doing away with bottles? When to start potty training? And these small problems evolve when we have tweens and adolescents who are faced with peer pressure, bullying, self esteem issues, keeping up with competitive academic environments, honing in on their passions, and being socially accepted. 

Sue Groner is founder of the Parenting Mentor, which provides on-site and virtual sessions for parents of toddlers through teens. As a University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School graduate and a former advertising executive, Groner uses her training in creative problem solving with her CLEARR methodology to help parents foster and maintain a more fulfilling and stress-free experience while in the trenches of day-to-day children. She lives in New York with her husband and two children. 

“One of the most frustrating aspects of parenting is that there is no school for it. You learn by doing.” -Dr. Elliot Barsh, Pediatrician

“Sue Groner’s parenting tips provide immediate access to wise and loving guidance that can help when navigating the many day to day challenges we encounter when raising children. Her big picture, common-sense approach offers parents a “tool box” that allows them to act from a position of confidence.”

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007: Raegan Moya-Jones — How I Built a $100M Business After Becoming a Mom

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When you think of tissues, you think of Kleenex. When you think photocopy, you think of Xerox. And when you think swaddle blanket, you think of aden  + anais.

These companies have held the greatest market share for the products they manufacture, so much so, they’ve become part of our daily vocabulary as synonyms for their products. 

Shortly after a new mother gets wheeled into her recovery room after labor and delivery, she’s handed her newborn baby, who’s fresh and clean from the nursery, and gets a crash course on swaddling. Pediatricians, nurses, and trusted moms the world over swear by aden + anais, which are breathable, muslin blankets to swaddle your little one to sleep. 

Today I am honored to have with me, the powerhouse behind this iconic baby lifestyle brand, who is a serial entrepreneur, author, wife, mother to four daughters, and thought leader, Raegan Moya-Jones. 

Raegan Moya-Jones is the CEO and co-founder of aden + anais. She founded the company with an initial investment of $15,000 in start-up capital in 2003, and grew it to $100 million business. The company sells over 2,000 products in 68 countries and has clients like Beyonce, Jennifer Garner, DJ Khaled, Neil Patrick Harris, and the Duchess of Cambridge, to name a few. 

Raegan was named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 and aden + anais was named to the Crain’s New York Business “Fast 50” list for three consecutive years and was recognized for a 338% growth rate and reported revenue of $41.7 million in 2013.

Raegan most recently co-founded Saint Luna, a premium moonshine brand. 

She sits on the board of directors for Hopeland, a nonprofit created to pioneer innovative solutions and build new partnerships to prevent family separation, reunify children, and mobilize a movement of families to support children who are growing up outside of family care.

She is the author of “What it Takes: How I Built a $100 Million Business Against the Odds” and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and four daughters. 

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  • 4:20 – Growing up in Australia, walking off the beaten path
  • 5:28 – Working in sales and growing her side-hustle to become her full-time gig
  • 7:20 – When did you have your aha moment to launch aden + anais?
  • 9:30 – Tell us about the supply chain and how you created your quality product?
  • 12:00 –  Sleep deprivation as a mother and entrepreneur
  • 18:00 – Who’s in your village and team?
  • 23:00 – The most important facet to a successful business
  • 29:00 – Has motherhood changed you?
  • 34:00 – What is it like raising four daughters in the digital age of social media?
  • 40:00 – From aden + anais to Saint Luna moonshine
  • 46:00 – What inspired you to write your memoir?
  • 48:00 – What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?
  • 48:54 – What was your mom sense moment?
  • 51:00 – Teaching children to not feel entitled
  • 52:45 – Quote of the Day

005: Caroline Zwickson — Rediscovering Yourself (After Kids)

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A common theme moms face during postpartum is not being able to recognize ourselves and feeling a sense of loss of our former identity. I wanted to be a mother more than anything, but even I went through these emotions in my head. I felt blessed to have kids, but also hated my body and how I had less time to myself, my work, and my interests. I remember looking in the mirror after I had my third baby (which was 18 months after I had delivered twins) and I just wanted to cry. I saw my weight gain and this puffy face looking back at me and I just didn’t feel like myself. If you have felt this way, know that you are not alone.

>On this episode, I am joined by Caroline Zwickson. She is a Certified Women’s Health & Life Coach and the creator of the Well Mama program.Caroline earned her Master in Counseling Psychology and obtained her Health Coach Certification from The Integrative Women’s Health Institute.  She is a passionate mother who supports fellow moms in creating holistic and thriving health as they rediscover their identity as a woman and mother. Her focus is to help clients create optimal hormonal balance and discover true emotional well-being through functional nutrition, positive psychology, transformative life coaching tools, and lifestyle adjustments. With Caroline’s expertise and dedication, her clients discover what it truly means to flourish in motherhood and in life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Caroline currently lives with her husband and two sons in San Francisco.

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  • 3:19 – What is postpartum depression vs. postpartum anxiety
  • 8:00 – Misdiagnosis due to a thyroid issue
  • 10:00 – How your world changes post baby
  • 13:00 – Rediscovering our new identity
  • 14:50 – Self love vs. self honorship
  • 16:00 – How our cycle is tied to the moon
  • 18:00 – Nutrients you may be in deficient in during postpartum
  • 20:00 – Postpartum diet and hormonal health
  • 25:55 – Postpartum depression and anxiety resources
  • 30:28 – Caroline’s mom sense moment
  • 34:04 – Quote of the Day
  • 36:00 – Mom Haul

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001: Sweta Doshi — Massage is the New Bath!

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Massage has numerous benefits for children including infant weight gain, stress and anxiety relief, motor development, and cognitive development. On this episode, I’m joined by Sweta Doshi, the founder of Bubbsi, a skincare brand for babies and toddlers. Leveraging her 10 years of experience working in strategy and marketing at major beauty and apparel brands, Sweta decided to solve a problem that all moms face — finding all-natural skincare for our babies. Drawing from her own experience when her daughter developed eczema as a newborn, Sweta explains that bathing our babies every day can be extremely drying on their skin, especially if they have sensitive skin or suffer from eczema, so parents should make massage the focal point of their bedtime routine. Listeners, enter promo code MOMSENSE10 for 10% off your first Bubbsi order.

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  • 1:26 – Overview of the benefits of massage
  • 3:00 – Meet Sweta Doshi, founder of Bubbsi
  • 6:00 – Babies with eczema and doctor’s orders
  • 8:15 – Skincare products for kids
  • 11:15 – Sustainability element 
  • 12:40 – Massage is the new bath!
  • 16:00 – Statistics about massage
  • 17:45 – Did your cultural upbringing and ayurveda influence you?
  • 19:20 – What is a good massage routine for kids
  • 23:22 – Which is harder – being an entrepreneur or a mom?
  • 25:55 – Sweta’s Mom Sense moment
  • 27:15 – Mom Haul

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