Mompreneurs We Love: Jessica Beer & Tonya Bergeson-Dana
Working Mamas of Indiana's Past
Who:Jessica Beer and Tonya Bergeson-Dana
Business Name and Starting Date: The Urban Chalkboard Play Cafe November 2014
Why did you pursue this opportunity? We worked together as research scientists in child development in an academic environment and we noticed for so long that such valuable research coming out of universities all across the country did not have a place in the everyday lives of moms, dads, and kids.
Legally Momming “A Mom Divided”
I've been working in a photographer's collection from the mid twentieth century lately and found a lot of working mothers---Rosie the Riveter's colleagues. Many of these women had not had jobs outside the home or did not expect to have them after they were married. By 1945, nearly one out of four married women worked outside the home. Of course, they collected less than 50% of the pay men did for the same work.
3 Indy Mompreneurs We Love
Being a working mom is no joke. There is the ever-present mom guilt; the fact that you end up working the equivalent of two full-time jobs; and oh the exhaustion. One of the most interesting aspects of being a working mom is separating those titles – “working” and “mom” on a daily basis. I love being a mom. I also love being an attorney.
Why did you pursue this opportunity? The idea for Mama Said Tees came to us when both of our oldest kids were about a year old and we were buying clothes from small shops for our babies. We wanted to design apparel encouraging kids to be who they are. We wanted something empowering, something about acceptance. We thought long and hard about where kids learn about being kind and being true to themselves and it starts at home; thus, the name Mama Said Tees. If our children were going to walk around spreading a message, we believed that it should be one that people could read and use as a reminder to smile, be kind and love one another! We were brand new moms and this was the hope for our own children, why not share it with the rest of the world! Little did we know that our passion in the beginning would turn into an unstoppable mission to make a difference in the world we live in.
Legally Momming: The Mockery of Maternity Leave
(net) Work, (net) Work, (net) Work, (net) Work, (net) Work
Love it or hate it? Networking is very polarizing- like eating leftovers or spending time in a basement? (Love both for the record). I love to network. I am outgoing and I love to connecting with new folks and connecting them to new opportunities and folks. But it’s not for everyone. Here are some ways Indy Working Moms can get it done . . .
Grad School Insights
I am currently on what I like to call “maternity leave light.” In between episodes of Parks & Rec, I check email, try to work out or go for walks, and nurse. So. Much. Nursing. Much attention has been made about working moms “having it all.” Having it all might be the white whale of momming – being successful at work, TCB at home, having time to sleep, work out or meet up with friends – it might just kill you. Nothing is more deceptive than maternity leave – believing you have the time to “have it all” and feeling like a failure when it inevitably doesn’t pan out.
First Book, Big Success: Spotlight on Karen Mangia
An Interview with Melissa Keyes
Her story: I work as an attorney in Indianapolis. Prior to getting my law degree, I was in graduate school pursuing a masters/doctorate in clinical psychology. I use skills from both degrees in my work to promote the civil rights of people with disabilities.
4 Outstanding Business Books to Read This Year
Karen Mangia is a technology executive at Salesforce, an author and keynote speaker based in Indianapolis, Indiana who recently released her first book, Success with Less.
What is your book about?
Success With Less provides a path to discover what matters most to you followed by strategies to help you release the obligations on your calendar that no longer matter to make room for the people and experiences that do.
These books have brought me new skills and mind-sets that I use both professionally and personally(I negotiate second shift chores with my partner- he calls them “Jedi mind tricks.”). I wouldn’t have started this blog without the first book on the list. Enjoy!