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Like a Mother, with Emma Johnson

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You''re told we can have it all, but we're still trying to figure it all out. Built on the popular blog WealthySingleMommy.com, Emma digs into the paradoxes of women, work, family, relationships, sex, parenting, career and money. You know: Everything you're talking about (and some stuff you're not talking about, but wish you were).






Single mom was sick of office sexism, so started an org to fight back

Alaina Shearer faced sexism throughout her media career. In her early radio jobs, male co-hosts complained when she didn't laugh at their sexist jokes. Then she was fired without cause. In an interview, a hiring manager at a big radio station asked if she planned to get pregnant soon. Why? Because pregnant hosts got great ratings, he said. The big boss at a marketing agency came on to her — then asked via email that she stay silent. HR did nothing — despite the documented transgression —...

Duration: 00:45:49

Kickass Grant Winner: Caring for women by growing a beauty business

The Kickass Single Mom Grant is now six months old, and as it has grown, has featured women with blatantly activist missions: Give books to kids in need, promote healthy births and nursing to minority women, support a formerly homeless mom building a new life. But being kickass, and being an activist, can come in man forms — often quieter and more private. That is what drew me to Teri Teves, a Portland, Ore., single mom of one, who switched careers from advertising to cosmetology,...

Duration: 00:28:27

Molly Ward: Helping affluent single women overcome money fears

Yes, it is true: Rich women have issues, too. Molly Ward, CFP, should know. One of the most successful financial advisors in the country and a single mom, Molly is one of those rich single women. Molly was raised in one of the most affluent families of Houston, the granddaughter of the CEO of a Fortune 500 country, whose Depression Era work ethic and humble values Molly assumed — even if she was expected to be a housewife and stay-at-home mom. Fast-forward to today, and Molly is just one...

Duration: 00:33:14

How she did it: 35, single and 6 months pregnant

Dr. Susan O'Malley is pretty awesome. With her thick New York accent, this lifelong underachiever, secretary with no more than a high school diploma, set out at age 30 to become a physician. She did it. In this interview, I interview this amazing, charming woman who did not let her age, marital or family status or the zillions of naysayers hold her back from her mid-life dream of medicine. Dr. Susan O'Malley shares about: Sonas Med Spa Listen to her gush about the 15-year romance with...

Duration: 00:47:03

Arianna Huffington on sleep, ego, wellness and single motherhood

Really excited about this episode! Media mogul, political pundit, single mom and Forbes' 'Most Powerful Woman,' Arianna Huffington joins me on this awesome episode to talk about her New York Times bestselling book, The Sleep Revolution: Transform Your Life, One Night At A Time. After the show, Arianna emailed to say our conversation "felt like talking to an old friend" — and I agree. In this Like a Mother episode, the Huffington Post co-founder and editor-in-chief and I dish about: now

Duration: 00:38:32

Kickass Single Mom Grant: A doula for low-income new mothers

When Tiara Caldwell gave birth to her twins, she was distraught when hospital staff kept the newborns from her for more than 11 hours. Nurses assumed that she didn't want to nurse. She felt she was discriminated against because she is African American, and she was a young mom. "They assumed that because of my age and race, I wouldn't want to nurse," she said. Caldwell, now 28, had her fight daughter at 19, and twins three years later, used her anger and heartbreak over the negatives in her...

Duration: 00:31:52

Few female founders get funded. Loretta McCarthy is changing that

A few months ago I was thrilled when the lovely woman I was chatting with at an industry event introduced herself as Loretta McCarthy managing partner, Golden Seeds. I knew about Golden Seeds, which was the first angel-seed network that exclusively supports women-lead companies, founded 12 years ago in 2005. McCarthy, former executive VP and CMO at Oppenheimer Funds, and VP of Marketing at American Express, knew first-hand how sexist the corporate world was, and saw this play out in startup...

Duration: 00:42:26

Rebekah Borucki: Change Your Life In 4 Minutes of Meditation

I do yoga. Believe in therapy (in some cases. Lead a horse to water, you know?). Try to eat organic and have had my sanity saved by acupuncture. I pray, try very hard to make ecological decisions at every opportunity, and respect most practices that help you on your spiritual journey. However, despite knowing and accepting the value of medication, I have never really done it. Except for those last 10 minutes vegging in yoga class, the benefits of quieting one's mind. Then, I read Rebekah...

Duration: 00:41:33

Parental alienation: A call to change parenting culture — and law

On this Like a Mother episode I interview film maker Ginger Gentile, whose latest project is called Erasing Family, a documentary about parental alienation, focused on the now-adult children who grew up without knowing a parent, siblings, or extended family thanks to the wishes of another parent, and likely the motions of a court system. Parental alienation affects millions of families, with one third of children whose parents divorce or separate losing all contact with one parent. But...

Duration: 00:50:19

Single Mom grant winner: "I want my daughters to see business leaders who look like them"

The Kickass Single Mom Grant is a $1,000 gift awarded monthly to a single mom doing something incredible — whether large or small, in her career, business, family, community. The goal is to support women doing amazing things, and share their stories to inspire others. June's Kickass Single Mom grant winner Sheri Hopkins, a 35-year-old mom of three daughters, who saw the potential for the black-owned business community in her hometown of San Diego. "Even though San Diego is such a diverse...

Duration: 00:17:49

Why haven't you gotten an STD test? This founder can help.

Hundreds of non-profits and government agencies have struggled to permanently turn around rates of sexually transmitted diseases — with little lasting success. But a new startup headed by two female Millennials may be the answer. MyLabBox is an at-home diagnosis testing that promises accurate testing for sexually transmitted infections for the anonymous privacy of your own home — and for the same or lower cost than going to a physician's office or laboratory. Co-founders Lora Ivanova and...

Duration: 00:27:54

Kickass Single Mom Grant Winner: Homeless to Chef, Shawnta Creech

Ladies!! I am two months in to the Kickass Single Mom project (I grant $1,000 monthly to a mom who is doing incredible things — whether in business, community service, her family, politics, the arts ... essentially a mom who is awesome and inspires me). I am honored to have received more than 1,600 applicants, heard so many amazing stories from 1,600+ gorgeous moms, I have to tell you — I'M OVERWHELMED! Talk about Sophie's Choice ... This month's winner jumped out with her candor,...

Duration: 00:27:39

Erin Lowrey on personal finance for Millennials

First of all, how random that my colleague Erin Lowrey, leading expert on Millennials and their money and author of the new-this-week Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together, and fellow money blogger, lives across the street from me in Astoria, Queens?! When we're not hanging out, I sometimes bump into her on the street as she's walking her dog, or going to dinner with her nice boyfriend. Also, totally random, this year both of us have books out with the...

Duration: 00:38:12

Mom career momentum: Moms Mean Business

So it’s fitting that Samantha Ettus’ latest book, The Pie Life: A Guilt Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction, is described as “the ultimate self improvement play book for women.” On this Moms Mean Business episode, Ettus offers up some practical suggestions for thriving in all the areas of your life— kids, romance, career, community, friends, and hobbies — in order to be a full, dynamic person. The essence of her message is that by honoring and nurturing each of these areas of life,...

Duration: 00:30:59

Breadwinner mothers: Moms Mean Business

A few years ago headlines went bananas when Pew research found that four in 10 families with children lived in households with women who were the sole or primary earner. In 1960 that figure was just 11 percent. About a third of breadwinner moms today are married and the other two-thirds are single moms. Moms who are breadwinners say there are time management and personal relationship challenges that come with the shift in roles. It all comes down to planning and communication, they...

Duration: 00:41:39

Women in tech: Moms Mean Business

Women make up half the overall workforce, but they account for only a quarter of the positions in information technology, or IT, according to global consulting giant Deloitte. In this episode, I interview Scarlett Sieber, Senior Vice President of New Digital Businesses at BBVA and former Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder of tech startup Infomous, who frequently speaks on topics of innovation, women and technology. Also, we hear from single mom Nicole Smith, founder and CEO of...

Duration: 00:46:59

Mom-friendly workplaces: Moms Mean Business

Many companies recognize the challenges of working full-time and raising a family and offer perks to make it a little easier. For instance, BBVA Compass recently announced a partnership with Milk Stork, a service that enables employees who are moms and are traveling on the job to ship breast milk home overnight for a nominal fee. Kate Torgersen, mom and founder of Milk Stork, shares on this episode why companies are inspired to support working parents with these benefits.

Duration: 00:24:44

Financial knowledge is power: Moms Mean Business

It’s little wonder Rachel Cruze is a financial educator. Her dad is Dave Ramsey, a best-selling personal finance expert and host of a wildly popular radio show, whose financial recovery story is well-known. Ramsey says in his mid-20s his net worth of more than $1 million, but he also had millions in debt. That debt caused him to lose everything and he filed for bankruptcy. Ramsey and his family recovered through a commitment to living a frugal, no-debt life. His experiences helped him...

Duration: 00:35:59

Mompreneuers: Moms Mean Business

Starting and building a company is not for the faint of heart. But the abundance of success stories out there support the notion that mothers are often incredible mothers of invention. “Moms are great at starting businesses, because all day long we are discovering unmet needs in the market that can be fulfilled with new products,” says Nicole Feliciano, founder of the seven-figure lifestyle platform, Momtrends, and author of the recently published Mom Boss: Balancing Entrepreneurship,...

Duration: 00:53:59

Mentoring, Moms Mean Business

Successful people often give credit to their mentors for their triumphs. But where do you get one of these magical career guides? And once you find one, how do you make the most of the relationship? On this episode, Patrice D’Eramo, vice president of the Americas Field Marketing Organization for Cisco Systems, talks about the importance of mentoring for women in their lives and careers. D’Eramo is a member of the leadership council of Million Women Mentors (MWM), a nonprofit initiative...

Duration: 00:39:59

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