Mother Honestly Podcast
Pregnancy, Maternity Leave, and Discrimination: Andrea Calvaneso shares her story

Pregnancy, Maternity Leave, and Discrimination: Andrea Calvaneso shares her story

June 30, 2020
Andrea Calvaneso is a graduate of Oakland University and spent eight years in Automotive Marketing. She most recently served as a Marketing Manager for a large automotive dealership group in metro Detroit. Today, Andrea works as a stay at home mom to her three children and manages the household affairs with her husband.  
 
Andrea joins Kristen Hall, COO of Mother Honestly, to share her story of losing her benefits right before her first pregnancy, returning to work for an employer who made little accommodations for breastfeeding, and how that shaped her decision to leave the workforce during her next pregnancy. Pregnancy should not be an existing condition. Mothers returning to work should not be shamed for having to breastfeed their child and require adequate support to be able to pump at their workplace. Andrea's story reminds all of us that we still have great strides to make in supporting new moms in the workplace. 
Championing the Critical Importance of Swim and Water Safety with Jenny McCuiston, Co-Owner of Goldfish Swim School, Birmingham, MI.

Championing the Critical Importance of Swim and Water Safety with Jenny McCuiston, Co-Owner of Goldfish Swim School, Birmingham, MI.

June 22, 2020
A lifelong swimmer, Jenny McCuiston is the proud co-owner of the flagship Goldfish Swim School in Birmingham, MI, and Goldfish Swim School Franchising, LLC. Recognizing a strong demand for quality swim lessons, Jenny sought out to create a child-focused facility to help kids become more confident and safer in and around the water. As a two-time Olympic Trials Qualifier with a degree in early childhood development and family studies, Jenny serves as the company’s visionary, as well as the thought leader in designing and executing the brand’s proprietary Science of SwimPlay® Curriculum, which focuses on teaching swim and safety skills while building character through guided play. She has served as the Curriculum Director and continues to hold the position of Goldfish Swim School’s thought leader today. As a mother of four, basic education surrounding water safety is an aspect that empowers and motivates her to continue to expand the franchise.
 
Jenny joins Kristen Hall, COO of Mother Honestly, to discuss how critical swim and open water safety is for kids and adults. Drowning is the #1 Cause of injury-related death for children ages 1-4, 2nd for kids ages 5-14 according to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention. Jenny and Kristen dive into the Goldfish Swim School model, how the company has pivoted during COVID19, and how Jenny involves her kids in the business. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, swim lessons can significantly decrease the risk of drowning for children as young as 1. Learn more about Goldfish Swim School by visiting https://www.goldfishswimschool.com/ and @goldfishswimschool
 
The Mother Honestly Podcast is proudly sponsored by Motor City Woman Studios.
The Untapped Value of Franchise Opportunities for Moms with Jennifer Jackson, VP of Development of Hungry Howie’s Pizza

The Untapped Value of Franchise Opportunities for Moms with Jennifer Jackson, VP of Development of Hungry Howie’s Pizza

June 15, 2020
Jennifer Jackson has been involved with Hungry Howie’s Pizza since age 10 and officially started as a Hungry Howie’s employee in 1998 as Fundraising Coordinator. In 2000, she was promoted to Director of Marketing and in 2005, Jennifer was named Director of Marketing & Franchise Development. After taking a brief hiatus to work in various other marketing and franchise positions, Jennifer returned to Hungry Howie’s in 2012 as Director of Franchise Development, restructuring the department and qualification process.

Today, powerhouse woman Jennifer is Vice President of Development and has helped the company open nearly 550 locations in 21 states! The concept has emerged as a major player within the pizza marketplace, consistently ranking in the top 10 of the nation’s largest pizza franchises.

 
Jennifer joins Kristen Hall, COO to discuss her career, why moms should consider the franchise model, and how she navigated her career as a single mom. For moms considering partnering with Hungry Howie's, reach out to Jennifer directly for a 15 minute introduction session by emailing Jennifer at jjackson@hungryhowies.com and following Hungry Howie's @hungryhowies. 
 
The Mother Honestly Podcast is proudly sponsored by Motor City Woman Studios 
Supporting the Taboo Post-Pregnancy Care with Tovah Haim, Founder and CEO of Bodily

Supporting the Taboo Post-Pregnancy Care with Tovah Haim, Founder and CEO of Bodily

June 8, 2020

Tovah Haim, founder and CEO of Bodily. She is on a mission to guide women and their support systems through the transitional journey of birth recovery and breastfeeding, and to remove the taboo from talking about the very RAW and REAL experience that women go through with birth recovery. In addition to content, Bodily introduced a collection of modern, research-driven and style conscious products (via curated kits, bundles and duos) that were developed to provide women with aid from vaginal and c-section recovery to breastfeeding and nipple care. 

Tovah joins Kristen Hall, COO of Mother Honestly, to discuss how Bodily was founded and how we can normalize and prepare women better for birth recovery. Listen as she shares her experiences and those of many other women about the lack of preparedness when it comes to birth recovery and women's health. 
 
Be sure to check out the options available to support women's health by visiting https://itsbodily.com/ and following Bodily on IG @itsbodily
 
The Mother Honestly Podcast is proudly sponsored by Motor City Woman Studios
Expanding your side hustle and your family with Julie Moskal, Owner and Lead Creator of the Smoothie Pack company The Purple Beet

Expanding your side hustle and your family with Julie Moskal, Owner and Lead Creator of the Smoothie Pack company The Purple Beet

May 26, 2020
Julie Moskal is the owner and lead creator behind The Purple Beet, who found the challenges to eat real, wholesome food in a convenient fashion to be extremely challenging after her first child. As a Chiropractor and extremely passionate health lover, and alongside her husband (who is also a Chiropractor), they set out to create what she found to be the void in their routine: Nutritious food, conveniently prepared, with delicious taste. Through many trials and conscious combinations of ingredients, they created a line of ready-to-blend smoothie packs. As a current family of 4 with one baby on the way, they rely heavily on the convenience of these products on a daily basis to fuel the entire family, whether for breakfast, post-workout, or easy meal on-the-go. The Purple Beet products ship frozen throughout the midwest and to select states on the East Coast with more products and expanded shipping coming soon!
 
Julie joins Kristen Hall, COO of Mother Honestly, to talk about launching their smoothie packs side hustle that has grown exponentially since they first started while also growing their family. Follow Julie and the Purple Beet by visiting their website https://www.thepurplebeet.com/ and on Instagram @thepurplebeet
How the “Warby Parker of Strollers” Built a Parent Focused Community with Christy MacGregor, Chief Parent Officer & General Counsel at Colugo

How the “Warby Parker of Strollers” Built a Parent Focused Community with Christy MacGregor, Chief Parent Officer & General Counsel at Colugo

May 18, 2020

Christy MacGregor is Chief Parent Officer and General Counsel at Colugo, a baby-gear brand that has been touted as the "Warby Parker of Strollers." Christy leverages her legal background and experience as a mother to lead market research and to create events and content in support of Colugo’s mission to give parents the confidence they need to take on the adventure of parenthood. 
 

Christy began her career in marketing before heading to law school.  After graduating at the top of her class from Georgetown University Law Center and a circuit court clerkship, she joined Hogan Lovells, LLP as a litigator. Christy lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Colugo founder Ted Iobst, and their three children.  

Christy joins Kristen Hall, COO of Mother Honestly, to discuss the Colugo community and
how they support new parents on all levels. Colugo shows how going beyond being a consumer brand can create something special.  Follow along with Christy on IG @christy_and_co and visit Colugo at https://hicolugo.com/products/compact-stroller 
 
The Mother Honestly Podcast is sponsored by Motor City Woman Studios
Inspiring and Empowering Millennial Moms with Christine Michel Carter, Author and Entrepreneur

Inspiring and Empowering Millennial Moms with Christine Michel Carter, Author and Entrepreneur

May 11, 2020

Featured in The New York Times, Christine Michel Carter is the #1 global voice for working moms. Called “the mom of mom influencers,” "the exec inspiring millennial moms," and "the voice of millennial moms", Christine clarifies misconceptions about working mom consumers for brands and serves as an amplifier of their personal truths. From delivering consumer insights and brand marketing content to helping HR and diversity teams attract and retain these hardworking professionals, Christine works with advertising agencies, research firms and companies to ensure they’re at the forefront of the minds of female consumers. 

  

Because of her digital presence and work with mom influencers, Christine has supported Senator Kamala Harris, the Department of Labor and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on maternal and child care related issues. The creator of Mompreneur and Me, Christine has introduced the first national free mommy and me professional development networking event that has garnered the attention of Adweek and Entrepreneur as well as global brands like McDonald’s and Tessemae’s. 

Christine joins Kristen Hall, COO of Mother Honestly, on the podcast to discuss her new book, MOM AF, a sister book to her first book, Can Mommy Go to Work?, which is a bestselling children’s book. They discuss more about parenting and parenting during COVID19. Be sure to pick up your own copies of MOM AF and Can Mommy Go to Work? As well as following Christine @cmichelcarter and on her website https://christinemichelcarter.com/ 

The Mother Honestly Podcast is sponsored by Motor City Woman Studios

The 2020 and Beyond “Go To” Guide for Expecting Mothers with Diana Spalding, author of The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama.

The 2020 and Beyond “Go To” Guide for Expecting Mothers with Diana Spalding, author of The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama.

May 5, 2020
Diana Spalding is Digital Education Editor at Motherly, a certified nurse-midwife, pediatric nurse, mother of three, and she wrote The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama. She has a BA in anthropology from Emory University and both a BS in nursing and a master’s degree in midwifery from New York University. In addition to caring for thousands of pregnant women, Diana has worked in pediatric oncology, and has served in several professorial and advisory roles in higher education settings. Diana joins Kristen Hall, COO of Mother Honestly, on the podcast to discuss their new book, The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama, An inclusive, holistic, evidence-based guide for pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum journey—created for modern moms by the experts at the Motherly online community. Diana and Krisen discuss how the pregnancy story may have changed with the pandemic experience, but expecting mothers can still have a beautiful birth story.  Be sure to pick up your copy of the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Target and follow @Mother.ly

The Mother Honestly Podcast is sponsored by Motor City Woman Studios

How To Survive As A Couple and Thrive As A Family Through Crisis with Jennifer Petriglieri, Author, Couples That Work.

How To Survive As A Couple and Thrive As A Family Through Crisis with Jennifer Petriglieri, Author, Couples That Work.

April 28, 2020

Jennifer Petriglieri is an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD, and the author of Couples That Work, a forthcoming book on how dual-career couples can thrive in love and in work. Her award-winning research and teaching focus on identity, leadership, and career development. She is particularly interested in how people’s close relationships shape who they become professionally and personally, and how moments of uncertainty and crisis make us who we are. She currently resides in France with her family. 

Dr. Petriglieri joins Kristen Hall, COO of Mother Honestly, on the podcast to discuss her book, Couples That Work as well as the changing dynamics affecting couples and their families. She has recently began a free series called "Couples That Work @ Home: The Survivor Series" which can be found on her website: https://www.jpetriglieri.com/ and also shared on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jpetriglieri/ 

The Mother Honestly Podcast is sponsored by Motor City Woman Studios

How Finding your voice, your community, and surviving wrongful termination during maternity leave with Adrianne Wright, Founder and CEO of Rosie

How Finding your voice, your community, and surviving wrongful termination during maternity leave with Adrianne Wright, Founder and CEO of Rosie

April 3, 2020

Adrianne Wright is the Founder and CEO of Rosie. Her portfolio includes She Should Run, the Time’s Up Campaign, ParentChild+, Colugo, Air Liquide, Change.org, Get Schooled, and Everytown for Gun Safety. She is also the Co-Founder of I Will Not Be Quiet, a community group that creates a sacred space for women to learn about the political and social issues that impact their lives. Prior to Rosie, Adrianne began her career at Viacom, promoting the launch of The Hills and the MTV Video Music Awards to international audiences. She went on to build and scale communications programs at a number of start-ups, from car2go and Venmo to WorkMarket. 

Adrianne joins Kristen Hall, COO of Mother Honestly, to discuss her experience being let go from her corporate job while on maternity leave and how she navigated the legal experience with a newborn. She shares how this experience shaped her creation of Rosie and the resources available to women going through their own tough challenges. Learn more about Adrianne Wright and Rosie by visiting https://think-rosie.com/  following @think.rosie 

The Mother Honestly podcast is sponsored by Motor City Woman.