The Mamalode Starter Series is an exciting opportunity for us to introduce you to some of the amazing people we get to meet. Starting something takes enormous amounts of work, faith, help and community. Every week we'll share another story of starting. So, community of Mamalode, read up, get inspired and check out these wonder-folk.
Tell us a little bit about your business and how you started it.
I didn't actually start my business but I fell into my dream job two years ago when friends recommended me for a job with a non-profit advocacy organization—ONE.org which was cofounded by Bono and does work in Africa. One thing in the above sentence would make me jump at the job. But add to that friends, non–profit, advocacy, Bono and Africa and I have landed where I should be…doing the work I've always been meant to do.
What do your kids think about your job?
My 16-year-old daughter loves my job, loves the fact that I can travel to Africa and help girls and women. She is very altruistic and caring and keen on changing the world. My younger daughter (9) is not as keen on the job because of the travel I do. But she is coming around.
Tell us about a total mom + biz fail?
I think I fail at both on a regular basis. I mean, I'm constantly trying to accommodate my family while I'm at work and work while I'm at home with family. Everything blurs a bit and some things have to suffer. Sometimes, I feel like I'm on a constant treadmill without the benefits of actually being on a treadmill. I think in most cases, it's the mom who suffers—in how we take care of ourselves emotionally, physically and in every way possible.
Share with us a total win (brag away!)
I'm a good connector of people and projects. I also have three weddings under my belt.
What's your relationship with Mamalode?
I met the incredible Mamalode team at a women in social media conference a few years ago and it was love at first sight. We've been scheming a way to partner ever since. We had that instant 'girl-friend, known each other forever' feeling that was sealed by an evening of zip-lining and bobsledding in the gorgeous mountains of Park City. Seriously though, I think the writing is remarkable. So heartfelt and heart tugging and beautiful.