I seriously thought my career was over after becoming a mom. I suffered from a major identity crisis–having a thriving career that kept me plugged into the community to being home alone with a baby, changing dirty diapers, and cleaning. I’m slowly, but surely finding myself and my way again. Today on the blog, we are featuring women who have launched new companies after becoming mothers. They are all in different industries and stages. Some are launching their newest endeavor and some running multi-million or billion dollar businesses. 100% inspiring. Don’t give up on your dreams, don’t feel guilty for changing your mind a million times on what you want to do, and don’t let society tell you how to operate. Create your own reality.
Jodie Patterson became a mother at 20 years old. She is now a mother of five (four biological and one adopted) including a transgender son. She is an LBGQTI advocate, a successful beauty entrepreneur, and an author. She co-founded two companies, Doobop–an online beauty marketplace, and Georgia by Jodie Patterson–an all-natural line of skin care.
After her first daughter was born in 2006, Susan learned how to sew and was selling baby blankets from an Etsy shop. It wasn’t until 2009 that she sewed and sold her first pair of moccasins. This stay-at-home mom of two never went to college nor took a business class. Freshly Picked is now a multi-million dollar company.
I first learned about Lisa Price and her company Carol’s Daughter while listening to “How I Built This” on NPR. She began mixing ingredients in her Brooklyn apartment kitchen out of her own desire for skin and hair products without harsh chemicals. She quickly realized an opportunity in the market, selling out of products at farmer’s markets and operating a shop out of her home that no longer served just friends, but random customers as well. She and her husband drained their children’s savings accounts to grow the business. Twenty three years later in 2014, L’Oréal USA purchased Carol’s Daughter.
Lisa started Fit4Mom (parent company of Stroller Strides, Fit4Baby, and Body Back) out of her own desire to be with her baby while also practicing self-care. She now runs the business with 1,500+ Fit4Mom locations around the country, and is a speaker, fitness expert, and author.
Angela had her first child at 16 years old. Her determination led her to finishing high school in three years and going on to attend several colleges, graduating magna cum laude in 2004. Angela’s early career in design and coding led her to launch Black Web 2.0, now known as B20. In 2010, Angela started her journey with NewME Accelerator. She and her team help support entrepreneurs, some businesses in her portfolio gaining over $25MM in funding.
Katie started Wellness Mama after her first son was born. While waiting at a doctor’s office for a check up and flipping through a magazine, she read how the next generation of children would have a shorter life expectancy than their parents–suffering from more cancer, heart disease, auto-immune disease, and health problems. Now a mom of five and battling her own thyroid disease, Katie has changed her family’s life through food and non-toxic living. Her success blog reaches millions each month.
Kendra started making jewelry out of her home and selling it to retail shops in Austin, TX while wearing her son in a baby carrier. Starting with $500, Kendra Scott is now a billion dollar company 15 years later. A key component of Kendra Scott is philanthropy. In 2016, the company gave back over $3.5MM and donated more than 75,000 pieces of jewelry to 3,500 local and national organizations.
I recently heard Alli’s story on “How I Build This” on NPR. Before becoming a mom, Alli had a career in public relations. On the podcast, Alli shares that while being a stay-at-home mom, she felt a need to do something for herself. As a longtime professional hair stylist, Alli decided to launch a mobile blow dry service. What was was supposed to be a side business quickly filled her schedule. Now, Drybar has 70 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition, Drybar has launched a successful product line.
While pregnant with the couple’s second baby in 2011, Elle was sewing and blogging when she made her first wrap. She didn’t realize she had made something special and unique until using the wrap on baby Solomon. Making carriers while her children slept and her husband finished school, Elle launched Solly Baby. Elle is now the mother to four children. A key component to Solly Baby is charity. Each wrap sold supports Every Mother Counts, a nonprofit working hard to make childbirth safe worldwide. Did you know that every two minutes a woman dies from childbirth? And 99% of these deaths are preventable.
Like most of us, Gregg had no idea what she was putting all over her children when she applied sunscreen and lotions and washed their sensitive bodies and hair. She assumed our country was keeping her family safe. There are 80,000 chemicals on the market today. The U.S. has partially banned only 30 of these. The European Union has banned over 1,000. Surprised by the facts, Gregg decided to do something about it. Her company Beautycounter has banned 1,500 ingredients in their hair, skin, and beauty products. Beautycounter has also made it their mission to support important nonprofit partners and to advocate for a healthier world.
Harvard grad with a thriving career in law, Maggie felt a void in her life. She had an entrepreneurial spirit and a love for design, entertaining, and sweets. She enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu and the rest is history. Maggie serves as creative director of Maggie Louise Confections and is mother to two young children. Her chocolates has been featured in The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, InStyle, and on the Today Show.