Mama Shaker: Abigail, Accepting the Risks of Change

While the world was in quarantine, Abigail Nawrocki worked 12-hour shifts with her team to keep online orders humming, moved across the country, and had a baby. “When everything shut down last year, everybody started ordering more from home and relying on more distribution companies to get them the goods that they wanted,” she says. … Continue reading Mama Shaker: Abigail, Accepting the Risks of Change

Mama Shaker: April, Finding Flow on the Other Side of Disruption

April Beach grew up tumbling around the waves of California and Hawaii long before she established the rhythm of entrepreneurial life as a mom of three boys. “I learned how to stay calm in really scary situations,” she says, a skill which helped propel the growth of her companies while her kids were still babies. … Continue reading Mama Shaker: April, Finding Flow on the Other Side of Disruption

Mama Shaker: Gladys, Summoning Our Superpowers

Gladys Simen is known as the “motivation whisperer” among friends and colleagues–something we could all use right now. She’s recognized her own courage to propel forward through any circumstances, whether that’s starting over in five different countries or navigating the compounding responsibilities of working motherhood. “I came to a country that was not originally mine … Continue reading Mama Shaker: Gladys, Summoning Our Superpowers

Mama Shaker: Rhonda, Adjusting Expectations of What’s Enough

Running a startup and raising twin 5th graders through a season of wildfires, literally and figuratively, requires Rhonda Collins to be more compassionate about what’s possible in a 24-hour period. “I end up feeling the way I know a lot of working moms feel,” she says. “If I never slept, if I didn’t have a … Continue reading Mama Shaker: Rhonda, Adjusting Expectations of What’s Enough

Mama Shaker: Tina, Empowering the Whole Family to Take Part

A set of color-coded cards plays a significant role in Tina Murray’s household, helping her teenage son track his daily routine while navigating distance learning with a visual impairment. “I can just put those Kanbans next to his breakfast and he knows sometime throughout the day, ‘I’ve got to shower, I’ve got to go water … Continue reading Mama Shaker: Tina, Empowering the Whole Family to Take Part

Mama Shaker: Rachael, Growing Closer When Things Fall Apart

In the course of a year, Rachael Cunningham and her husband were dealt with what felt like an impossible hand as they navigated job loss, the death of a parent, and their autistic daughter’s depression. The compounding stress and grief could have created an impermeable divide between them, but instead they became even stronger. “That … Continue reading Mama Shaker: Rachael, Growing Closer When Things Fall Apart

Mama Shaker: Louise, Acknowledging What We Want and Daring to Make it Happen

Louise Heite had a hunch that juggling two kids under three, a job that required round-the-clock conference calls, and a husband who traveled internationally half the month wasn’t sustainable. After moving her family to New York, she began pursuing a new path that led to empowering other women to course-correct their lives too. “There’s so … Continue reading Mama Shaker: Louise, Acknowledging What We Want and Daring to Make it Happen

Mama Shaker: Jess, Building Relationships Around Experiences We Share

Jessica Gupta felt isolated as the first of her friends to get pregnant, before she knew that motherhood would bond her to women she barely knew. “I thought that what I was going through emotionally and physically was something other people couldn’t understand completely,” she says. And even if friends do have kids, it can … Continue reading Mama Shaker: Jess, Building Relationships Around Experiences We Share

Mama Shaker: Ari, Seeking to Understand Each Other in Business and Family

Working in close proximity to her husband is nothing new for Ari Krzyzek. The couple runs a creative agency from their home office in Chicago, while tending to the special needs of their son. “In our early years doing business together it was definitely very hard,” she says. “I found that trying to separate our … Continue reading Mama Shaker: Ari, Seeking to Understand Each Other in Business and Family

Mama Shaker: Charlotte, Joining the Sisterhood of Mothers

Charlotte Blake Kaplan brought new mothers together for a decade before becoming one herself. While helping postpartum women recover, she caught a glimpse of the healing power of the sisterhood of mothers. “Motherhood has taught me how to be with women, how to not judge the kind of person I think that I would be … Continue reading Mama Shaker: Charlotte, Joining the Sisterhood of Mothers