Over the last 50 years, the definition of what it is to be a mother has changed dramatically. Terms like “working mom” and “mompreneur” have become part of our vernacular. Recently they’ve received some backlash, and have been replaced with terms such as “mother who works outside the home”. (And as Kelsey Ramsden pointed out in our last newsletter, there is no such thing as a “dadpreneur”). So whether it’s a dad or mom, maybe we can just use the word “entrepreneur” and leave it at that. But no matter what you call her, Julie Cole, is a powerhouse. She is the mother of six, and the business she started in her basement, “Mabel’s Labels”, recently sold for over 12 million dollars. In this week’s video, Julie talks about what she feels is the key to being a successful entrepreneur. Warning – it might make you feel a bit uncomfortable.
Modern mothers, in all their forms, are also the subject of the hit Netflix comedy, “The Letdown”. This show takes a hilarious look at the pressure women put on themselves to succeed at the nearly impossible task of being a “good mom”. Maybe it doesn’t matter what the definition of motherhood is. Perhaps the more important thing is to celebrate those who are willing to take on the task. Where would we be without them!
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In this video, Julie Cole, co-founder of Mabel’s Labels, talks about balancing business with motherhood. After her first child was diagnosed with autism she left her law practice to spend more time with him, and launch a business that would strike a better work/life balance. Mabel’s Labels has grown from a basement start-up into an award winning international phenomenon. Learn how she built her brand while raising six children. Some truly insightful words from this inspiring entrepreneur.
What’s inspiring us
The Letdown is an Australian television comedy series that follows the adventures of Audrey as she struggles in her role as a new mom and tries to fit in to an oddball mother’s group. The series showcases modern gender roles and the new concerns and pressures facing mothers today. Oh, and it’s hilarious!
In the spring we shared an interview with our ambassador Sara Flicht on the evening she launched her female identifying comedy variety show “Refried Babes.” Well, it was a smash hit and we are happy to tell you that you have a second chance to catch it as Refried Babes 2 on September 27th at Creed’s Cafe. It’s a combination of sketch, stand-up, improv, storytelling and musical comedy that you won’t want to miss!
On the blog
Balancing work and motherhood can be a task at which everyone feels like they’re constantly failing. In this blog, Julie Cole shares some great tips on how she manages to stay organized.
Jennifer Newsome is an award-winning documentary filmmaker as well as the founder of Girls Club Entertainment, a film production company established to develop independent films focussed on empowering women. In this podcast Dax Sheppard talks to her about her latest documentary The Mask You Live In, which explores the value of teaching empathy at a young age and the fear surrounding toxic masculinity. They discuss the increasing need for “feminine” traits in business as well as the roles both genders play in building stereotypes. It’s a thought provoking and fascinating 90 minutes that is well worth the listen.
Todays LinkedIn tip by Shelly Elsliger is about how blogging on LinkedIn is a great opportunity to be seen as a thought leader in your space. You can show off what you know about hiring practices, sales methods or marketing campaigns, and anyone who looks at your profile will instantly know that you know what you’re talking about. Here are some tips to get you started…
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