Mothers in Business: Stacy Valner, co-founder, PHASE ONE
“Most people fail at whatever they attempt because of an undecided heart. Should I? Should I not? Go forward? Go back? Success requires the emotional balance of a committed heart. When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape. A committed heart does not wait for conditions to be exactly right. Why? because conditions are never exactly right.”
Sara Mauskopf has hopped from one hot tech company to another in her nine years in the Bay Area: From Google, to Twitter, to Postmates. But after giving birth to her first child in June 2015, Mauskopf realized there was a big void in the tech world for parenting apps. So she left Postmates and started Winnie in January 2016, Winnie launched its mobile app to help parents find everything from parks to family-friendly restaurants.
“A lot of parents don’t live in cities,” she said. “It’s really important that our product works everywhere, not just in major urban centers but in suburban environments.”
Sherri was an HR Professional in a Corporate setting and after starting a family and wanting to create work/life balance, she decided to take her skills and experience into private practice in September 2014 and created The People Guru™. Sherri has always been passionate about helping others create their own destiny and fulfill their professional goals- she has created a way to empower people to find their lifes’ purpose. She will take you on a journey of self-discovery and professional growth that will challenge & revitalize you to help facilitate you reaching your target!
Mothers in Business: Jen Cullen Williams, Managing Director, Luxury Brand Group
If you haven’t officially met, some of you have at least seen her busily flitting from place to place at any given jewelry show, her lovely, bubbly personality magnetic from even afar. As the managing director at Luxury Brand Group (LBG), a full-service brand communications agency specializing in fine jewelry, Cullen Williams is indispensable to the industry, connecting brands, journalists, and consumers all together. A beloved figure in the industry, this brand-new mama has plenty of other responsibilities too, from her involvement with the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA), helming a recently-founded local community of moms, and working with her husband on his business, a local branch of gyms. And we did mention she recently had a baby, right? An inspiration to all, this is Jen Cullen Williams.
Mothers in Business: Brandee Dallow
To read the storied history of Brandee Dallow’s career is to take a journey through a number of newsworthy moments in the jewelry industry’s recent history—and the mom of two is just getting started. After years of working for a number of big-name companies (details below), Dallow has started her own company, Fine Girl Luxury Brand Building. Between her budding business growing a healthy list of clients and nurturing a young family, among other activities (did we mention she’s president of the Women’s Jewelry Association?), you could say there is no dull day in the life of Brandee Dallow. Here, she tells us all about it.
Mothers in Business: Amanda Gizzi, Jewelers of America
As a mom to two young boys, any woman would find their days filled with plenty of activity. But Amanda Gizzi isn’t just raising a family— she’s also growing and supporting an industry. As the director of public relations and special events for Jewelers of America, Gizzi works around the clock promoting its members in an effort to help them shine their brightest, and in turn, strengthening an industry that continues evolve. Oh, and did we mention? She also happens to be the president of the Women’s Jewelry Association, New York Chapter.
Mothers in Business: Andrea Hansen
You probably know Andrea Hansen. The industry veteran has an infectious passion for championing the talent of others—something that has been apparent in her work with LuxeIntelligence, her firm that specializes in brand and business development. “Being the best version of you” is a mantra that applies indefinitely: Hansen pushes her clients to remain authentic, while striving to push the limits of their capabilities—be that with technological developments, exploring new design techniques, seeking inspiration in unexpected places, and so on.
Mothers in Business: idazzle’s Monica Stephenson
You may know Monica Stephenson for her brilliant idazzle.com jewelry blog. You may know Monica Stephenson as a passionate advocate through her work with the African gem mining community, or as the brains behind the ANZA Gems project. Or, you may simply know Monica Stephenson as a mom.
Mothers in Business: Barbara Palumbo
The author behind Adornmentality and What’s On Her Wrist. Those familiar with the jewelry industry are no doubt also acquainted with the name Barbara Palumbo. The industry veteran, often the largest presence in the room (in stature and personality), has quickly become a fixture in publications both print and digital, and on the feeds of our social media accounts.
We’ve all been hearing a lot about women in business: We’re fortunate to live in a time where women have the choices and opportunities to grow equally in a personal and professional manner, in industry and in family. But in the age of Lean In, there exists a notion that, not only can women have it all, but that they should—enter a tremendous feeling of pressure for many to succeed at all costs. That’s why it’s so important to Priyanka Kedia, founder and designer behind Ayva Jewelry, to highlight the ups and downs of being not only a woman in business, but a business-owning mom. In our Mothers in Business series, we’ll highlight the successes as much as the failures, go behind-the-scenes to discover what it’s like to get a venture off the ground while simultaneously bringing up a family, and follow women along in their journeys to their own versions of success. And we’ll start with our very own Priyanka, mother to three: Two young children, and her budding business, Ayva Jewelry.