Mother Honestly Podcast
Cara Brennan Allamano, SVP of People, Places, and Learning at Udemy, Shares Why You Need Upskilling, Soft Skills, and Flexible Work Environments More Than Ever

Cara Brennan Allamano, SVP of People, Places, and Learning at Udemy, Shares Why You Need Upskilling, Soft Skills, and Flexible Work Environments More Than Ever

March 9, 2021

Cara Brennan Allamano is the Senior Vice President of People, Places, and Learning at Udemy. Cara has deep experience scaling HR operations, recruiting, and learning & development at fast-moving, global companies. Prior to joining Udemy, she was SVP of People at Planet (formerly Planet Labs) and previously served in HR leadership roles at Pinterest, Efficient Frontier, Young and Rubicam, and Knight Ridder, among others. Cara is also co-founder of PeopleTech Partners, a group of HR leaders working to bring new HR/recruiting technologies to market. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kentucky, holds a master's degree from the University of San Francisco, and completed graduate studies at Stanford University.

 

Cara joins Kristen Hall, COO of Mother Honestly, to share her  extensive experience working in HR and how this career path not only serves so many people, but has so much depth and facets needed to propel organizations forward.  Cara shares guidance for women and organizations grappling with the challenges of a displaced, female workforce and how individuals and companies can shape the return of caregivers back into the workforce. Upskilling will be critical and Udemy is the leading global marketplace for teaching and learning, connecting millions of students to the skills they need to succeed. Be sure to follow Cara as a Forbes Contributor and her work with Udemy.

 

The Mother Honestly Podcast is brought to you in partnership with Pacira and Lincoln Fleet

How Two Badass Moms Take the GuessWork out of Pre and Postnatal Vitamins and Why You Need Them

How Two Badass Moms Take the GuessWork out of Pre and Postnatal Vitamins and Why You Need Them

March 3, 2021

Tori Thain Gioia, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, was moved to launch Perelel alongside co-founders Dr. Banafsheh Bayati and Alex Taylor in 2019 when she learned that her daughter would be born with a cleft lip. She turned to her OB, Dr. Bayati, who found the defect was associated with a folic-acid deficiency early in her pregnancy that was not addressed with her one-size-fits-all prenatal vitamin. Tori uncovered an array of additional issues that can arise from relying on a generic prenatal vitamin and with her co-founder Alex Taylor and Dr. Bayati created Perelel to address this important category that had been previously overlooked. Prior to launching Perelel, Tori held roles in finance, strategy and investing at Olive & June, Honest Co., Carbon38, Crestview Partners and Lazard. 

 

Alex Taylor, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, is a brand executive and has been a part of building consumer-beloved brands such as Free People and Clique Media’s Who What Wear, Byrdie, and MyDomaine. She first grew intimately aware of the lack of transparency and education available in the prenatal-vitamin market when she was pregnant with her first child and began customizing a prenatal regimen herself. Alongside her co-founders Victoria “Tori” Thain Gain and Dr. Banafsheh Bayati, they worked to create a new solution for parents that offered more than just a one-size-fits-all approach, to deliver appropriate doses of nutrients at the time they are needed most at each stage of pregnancy. Previously, Alex has served as president and executive editor-in-chief for Clique Media and has held in roles at Vogue, Rogers & Cowan, L'Oréal, Google and URBN’s Free People.

 

Alex and Tori join Kristen Hall, COO of Mother Honestly, to share how vital the right nutrients are to support women in their motherhood journey and the community they have built. Be sure to check out this great company for yourself and follow their journey @perelelhealth

Should You Stay, Separate, or Divorce During Covid? Divorce Attorney Leslie Montanile Breaks It Down

Should You Stay, Separate, or Divorce During Covid? Divorce Attorney Leslie Montanile Breaks It Down

February 22, 2021

Leslie Montanile began practicing matrimonial law in 1992 in Los Angeles, California, after receiving her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. Working in a prestigious boutique law firm, she worked closely with clients to successfully achieve their desired goals and immediate needs. Upon moving back to her native home in New York and working at NBC between 1997-1999, Leslie decided in January of 2000 to open her own law practice, dedicating her legal career to help women effectively navigate the process of divorce and achieve independent financial success. A member of the State Bar Association of New York, California, and Connecticut, Leslie has helped hundreds of women throughout her 28-year career.

 

Leslie joins Kristen Hall, COO of Mother Honestly, to discuss her experience when it comes to making the tough decisions in relationships. Leslie provides valuable insight to determining next steps and understanding where you are in your relationship. Be sure to visit her website, find her on @askleslie_thelawyer, and check out her new book on Amazon.

The Mother Honestly Podcast is brought to you in partnership with Pacira and Lincoln Fleet.       

Nanit, the World’s Smartest Baby Monitor, Enables More Than Great Sleep for Infants and New Parents

Nanit, the World’s Smartest Baby Monitor, Enables More Than Great Sleep for Infants and New Parents

February 16, 2021

Sarah Dorsett is CEO of Nanit, a high-growth technology start-up improving the sleep and lives of babies and parents. An ecommerce leader with more than two decades of experience scaling retail businesses, Dorsett previously served as Vice President of Ecommerce at Bed Bath & Beyond, where her site merchandising and marketing strategy drove double-digit retail revenue growth. From spearheading e-marketing initiatives in the burgeoning digital industry at Coty in 2004, to her executive roles at Bloomingda-les.com and Century 21 Department Stores, Dorsett has developed a highly effective approach to channel strategies that is reflected in Nanit’s leadership in the competitive baby tech category. Since her time as CEO of Nanit, the company has been named to CNBC’s Upstart 100 list of most promising startups, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and most recently received NPD’s Consumer Electronic Industry Performance Award for the top increase in North American market share in the smart baby monitor category. Aside from her corporate responsibilities, Sarah loves art, dancing, spending time with friends and family, and lives with her husband and three children in Summit, New Jersey.

Sarah joins Kristen Hall, COO of Mother Honestly, to discuss how Nanit is changing the lives of new parents with smart technology to provide guidance and comfort to parents when it comes to baby’s sleep. Sarah also discusses her background and experience scaling retail businesses and launching strong brands and shares great insight for those looking to expand their own brands. If you haven’t had the opportunity, be sure to check out https://www.nanit.com/ and follow their journey @getnanit

The Mother Honestly Podcast is brought to you in partnership with Pacira and Lincoln Fleet.       

Priya Amin, Founder and CEO of Flexable, Tackles the Childcare Crisis Virtually

Priya Amin, Founder and CEO of Flexable, Tackles the Childcare Crisis Virtually

February 9, 2021

Priya Amin is an entrepreneur, TEDx speaker and mother to two boys, Ronin and Kirin. She holds an MBA from the University of Arizona, and worked as a product and brand manager at corporations such as IBM and Nestle. In 2012, she left her high powered career to be home with her two boys, and never looked back. After successfully launching and running a marketing consulting firm called ROKI, she began looking for ways to continue fostering creativity and entrepreneurship among women. She launched Flexable, LLC in 2016 and was accepted to the 16th cohort of the AlphaLab Accelerator program in 2016. Flexable has gained regional and national attention for providing innovative childcare solutions, most notably on-site childcare at offices and events.  Since the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Flexable pivoted to offering  Virtual Childcare hosted by fully vetted Flexable Facilitators to keep kids 3-10 years old engaged, so working parents can take back their schedule.

Priya joins Kristen Hall, COO of Mother Honestly to discuss how she created Flexible to address the gaps in childcare coverage in 2016. Now in the COVID era, virtual childcare is a must with parents working remote and child care coverage situations changing daily. Be sure to visit Flexable and follow them @flexablecare 

The Mother Honestly Podcast is brought to you in partnership with Pacira and Lincoln Fleet.         

Brooke Shapiro, Founder of Pandemic Working Parent, Shares Her Success Building An Employee Resource Group at Clorox

Brooke Shapiro, Founder of Pandemic Working Parent, Shares Her Success Building An Employee Resource Group at Clorox

January 20, 2021

Brooke Shapiro is a mother of a 2 year old boy Jace and a 8 week old girl Rayna. She spent the first half of her career working at advertising agencies in NYC before heading to California to work on Taco Bell account. The past few years she has been working on brand engagement and sales marketing at Clorox. Last year, she saw a need to support mother's returning from maternity and decided to develop an entire employee resource group to support parents at Clorox. Her passion in the space lead to developing virtual programs to support parents based off of similar kids ages, parenting education classes, executive storytime and collaborating with HR on benefits improvement programs within the organization. Outside of Clorox, she started a website called Pandemic Working Parent to develop resources to help parents thrive in the workplace.  

 

Brooke joins Kristen Hall, COO of Mother Honestly, to share her journey with finding and building employee resource groups, returning to work during a pandemic, and resources available to parents struggling during the time of COVID. Continue to follow Brooke and Pandemic Working Parent 

 

The Mother Honestly Podcast is brought to you in partnership with Pacira and Lincoln Fleet.         

Busy Mom Dr. Angela Stoehr, OB/GYN, Helps Guide Womens’ Surgery Recovery and Pain Management Options

Busy Mom Dr. Angela Stoehr, OB/GYN, Helps Guide Womens’ Surgery Recovery and Pain Management Options

January 12, 2021

Dr. Angela Stoehr, a OB/GYN based in Texas, is a trailblazer in pain management focused on helping her patients recover after many common women’s health procedures with limited to no opioid use. She knows firsthand the devastating impact the current opioid epidemic has had on millions of families across the country and has made it her mission to reduce the use of opioids in her practice. Dr. Stoehr is a member of The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, and the International Pelvic Pain Society, serving on its Patient Education Committee.

Always eager to contribute to the greater good in the public health sector, Dr. Stoehr has participated in medical missions around the globe, including the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Ghana. One of the central tenets of Dr. Stoehr’s lifework is reaching out, working with, and caring for patients. Outside the walls of her practice, she and her husband are busy, dedicated parents to their two wonderful children.

Dr. Stoehr joins Blessing Adesiyan, Founder and CEO of Mother Honestly and Villo, to discuss the balancing act that many women face as mothers, employees, wives, and caregivers. Dr. Stoehr shares her experience as a busy mom and a physician who understands the pressure women put on themselves to return home and get back to their daily routine as quickly as possible after surgery. She also discusses the importance of women feeling empowered to have proactive discussions about pain management with their doctors. Be sure to follow her on Instagram @angie.stoehr.md and learn more about non-opioid options for managing pain at www.YourXFactor.com/MH.

This Mother Honestly Podcast is sponsored by Pacira BioSciences, Inc.

Katica Roy, CEO and Founder of Pipeline, Uses Artificial Intelligence to Make a Profound Impact on Gender Equity

Katica Roy, CEO and Founder of Pipeline, Uses Artificial Intelligence to Make a Profound Impact on Gender Equity

December 15, 2020
Katica Roy is a gender economist and the CEO and founder of Pipeline, an award-winning SaaS company that leverages artificial intelligence to identify and drive economic gains through gender equity. Pipeline launched the first gender equity app on Salesforce's AppExchange.  The Pipeline platform was named one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2019 and Fast Company’s 2020 World’s Most Innovative Companies. In 2020, Katica was named the 2020 Colorado Entrepreneur of the Year.

 

Katica joins Kristen Hall, COO of Mother Honestly, to share how her background and her experience shaped her drive to help close the gender equity gap. Best framed as not only a social issue, but a huge economic opportunity, Katica highlights what can be done to help both men and women address gender equity. Be sure to follow Katica and her work on social media @KaticaRoy and by visiting Pipeline and her official website
 
The Mother Honestly Podcast is brought to you in partnership with Pacira and Lincoln Fleet.       
 
Mom Guilt? Try Mom Rage. Katherine Goldstein, Journalist, Creator & Podcast Host Explains How We All Are Feeling

Mom Guilt? Try Mom Rage. Katherine Goldstein, Journalist, Creator & Podcast Host Explains How We All Are Feeling

December 7, 2020

An award-winning journalist and media entrepreneur, Katherine Goldstein has been extensively quoted as an expert in issues facing working mothers in the NYTimes, Washington Post, The Atlantic, and on WNYC and NPR. She has a track record for conversation-setting work, such as the viral New York Times op-ed, “The Open Secret of Anti-Mom Bias in the Workplace,” American Moms: Let’s Stop Feeling Guilty and Start Getting Mad” and “The Mothers of America Need a Bailout. This Could be the Answer.”

Katherine joins Blessing Adesiyan, Founder and CEO of Mother Honestly and Villo, to discuss how moms (and themselves) are feeling currently and where things need to change for working mothers. Katherine also shares her "CareCorps" strategy directed as a large public policy solution to provide the nation with better child care strategies and learning opportunities which have arisen from the pandemic. Follow Katherine @katherinegoldstein and be sure to check out The Double Shift Podcast
The Mother Honestly Podcast is brought to you in partnership with Pacira and Lincoln Fleet.     
 
Normalizing Leave of Absence in Your Career and Pivoting for Financial Success with Celinda Farias Appleby, Director of Global Talent Attraction at Visa

Normalizing Leave of Absence in Your Career and Pivoting for Financial Success with Celinda Farias Appleby, Director of Global Talent Attraction at Visa

December 2, 2020

Celinda Farias Appleby, Director of Global Talent Attraction, Visa is a recognized leader in recruiting and employer branding who speaks regularly at conferences including LinkedIn Talent Connect, Glassdoor Summit, SHRM, and others. For the past 10 years, she has thrived in Global Talent Acquisition departments of Fortune 100s, creating innovative digital strategies for industry leading brands like Nike, Oracle, and HP. Celinda specializes in designing premium experiences and stories centered around humanizing the talent attraction lifecycle.

 

A Recruiter by trade, she has previously held recruiting roles within corporate and agency enterprises. Celinda has over 15 years of recruiting and human resources experience across a broad range of industries including technology, accounting, marketing and government sector. 

 

Celinda joins Blessing Adesiyan, Founder & CEO of Mother Honestly and Villo, to discuss and normalize the conversation surrounding leave of absences and why you can and should take one in your career if needed. Together, they discuss what the post pandemic workforce for women will look like and the rise of returner programs as women re-enter the workforce. Concerted efforts and programs from large companies will help welcome women back into the workforce and build the pathway for return to work. Celinda also shares how to position yourself for success during salary negotiations. Follow Celinda at https://www.celindaappleby.com/, on LinkedIn, and @celly_sparks.

 

The Mother Honestly Podcast is brought to you in partnership with Pacira and Lincoln Fleet.   

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