Super powers aren’t just for Captain America and Harry Potter. Need proof? These 11 D.C. moms may not be able to fly at the speed of light, but they soar in their own right–heading start-ups, running errands like a boss or mentoring the next generation of leaders (or all three). Keep reading to get to know them a little better while filling your inspiration allotment for the month.
Corinne Cannon, Founder at D.C. Diaper Bank
After working the museum circuit for years, Corinne started and now runs DC Diaper Bank, an organization that provides diapers, formula, and hygiene items (basically all the things that food stamps don't cover) to low income families in the metro area. Each month she, her team, and a cohort of invaluable volunteers distribute a whopping 120,000 diapers(!!). But Corinne is familiar with diaper duty. In addition to running the nonprofit, she has three kids--an infant, a preschooler, and one in elementary--who she loves going on walks with in their Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Quote her! "Give up on the idea of balance! Sometimes work needs more, sometimes my kids need more, sometimes my husband does or my friends. I try to know what I can let drop that won't shatter, and then I let those things fall."
Megan Podolsky, Owner of 529 Kids Consign
When she thinks of her upscale Old Town Alexandria boutique, Megan Podolsky feels like she needs to pinch herself. 529 has been around for almost 8 years. What started as a "pop-up" shop, became a brick and mortar store nearly five years ago. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, Megan managed multiple Abercrombie & Fitch stores before moving on to an assistant buyer position in contemporary dresses at local Arlington based retailer Hecht's (now Macy's). Her greatest professional accomplishment has been successfully creating a place where moms can feel good about buying gently used clothing and accessories for their kiddos at great prices. And a personal accomplishment? "I have three beautiful boys! Ethan is eight and he is my mini-me, although he acts a lot like his laid back Dad! Hayden is five and is my husband's mini, yet he acts like his type A momma! Ashton is the baby. He is nine months old and a combo of his two big brothers in looks and personality."
Quote her! "Family puts everything into perspective."
Eun Yang, News Anchor for NBC4
News casting isn't for the faint of heart. According to Eun Yang, who has been anchoring the morning newscast for NBC4 NBC4 for six years, the hours are brutal, the news can be devastatingly sad, and you have to work on Thanksgiving. But, Eun loves her job and it shows. "When people tell me they feel like I'm their friend or that they can't start their day without me, I feel fulfilled." Another fulfilling thing in her life is her three kids who she is raising with her husband, who like her and the kids, grew up in the DMV area.
Quote her! "I don’t believe in true work/life balance. I think there’s a push and pull when you’re a working parent. At work I try to be fully present, and when I’m with my family I try to be fully engaged."
Kimberly Nelson Hill, Owner of Party Bee Events
A Mississippi native, Kimberly Nelson Hill came to Washington with political aspirations and party-planning prowess after being bred on the principles of gracious entertaining, family recipes, and the fine art of the thank you note. Today, as the owner of Party Bee Events Party Bee Events and the mother of three (boys!!), she uses her Southern charm to help Washingtonians host fabulous fetes for guests of all ages.
Quote her! "Follow your heart and what makes you happy, and it will make all the difference."
Julia Miles-Davis, Personal Stylist and Co-Founder of The Editors
This Howard University grad and co-founder of The Editors is a self-described “balance of brains and Balenciaga” that loves to help people find their most stylish selves through closet editing, personal shopping, and more. As a lover of all things that sparkle who is also raising children, Julia says she has asked herself: “Could it be, that I love something more than my vintage Chanel earrings?” Having kids actually inspired one of her missions staying fashionable while running behind two kids.
Quote her! "A little style advice: Make affordable, but stylish, denim a wardrobe staple. Rather than indulging in a $300 pair of jeans, buy something that you can throw in the washing machine over and over again."
Jennifer Nycz-Conner, Assistant Editor of the Washington Business Journal
This Arlington mama of three boys has spent the past 11 years as a journalist for the Washington Business Journal. She’s done a few different jobs there, from feature writer to columnist to video producer to most recently, the morning Money News anchor on WTOP 103.5 FM. Currently, she serves as the Editor-at-Large, where she helps create and promote new editorial, events and marketing content for the WBJ, host panel discussions and write a weekly column chronicling life at work. Life at home for Jennifer, her husband and kiddos has begun to include rejuvenating road trips. “I realized it’s the best way we make memories as a family,” she says. “That makes all the hassle and teeth-gnashing worth it.”
Quote her! "Plan for fun. Life goes by too quickly, and if you don’t make a plan for fun, it might be the thing that doesn’t get done."
Marla Beck, CEO and co-founder of Bluemercury
Launched in 1999 with her now-husband, Bluemercury is the friendly, neighborhood beauty store where you can get the best beauty products, honest expert advice, and highly professional service. It's also one of Marla's proudest accomplishments. "We went against the grain and we’ve continued to build a successful business that is sustainable." Still, Marla's family--she and her husband are raising three kids--9. 11, and 13 years old--is her main priority.
Quote her! "I believe our choices become our actions, our actions become our habits and our habits become our character."
Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD, HFS, Dietician and Author
With nearly a decade of behavioral counseling (plus 15 marathons!) under her belt, this Chevy Chase dietician is sharing her nutrition know-how with the masses; Rebecca's first book, "Body Kindness," comes out at the end of the month. But what the Chevy Chase resident is most proud of? Being able to instill body confidence into her two daughters (both under 4 years old!). "One of my favorite books to read to them is 'I Like Myself.'" "It's never too early to teach kids to appreciate their bodies," she says.
Quote her! "Plan a couples date and a family date once a month. Both are equally important."
Doron Petersan, Owner and Founder of Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats and Fare Well
If you're a foodie you may recognize Doron, as her vegan bakery has the distinction of being a two-time winner of the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars". It took this mom of one human son (and two fur babies) several career diversions including the fitness industry, non-profit and animal shelters, before she found her recipe for success. Sticky Fingers is a bakery cafe, specializing in vegan cakes, cupcakes, light fare and brunch on the weekends. And her latest endeavor Fare Wellis also a veggie-centric bakery, diner and bar. All that and she's most proud of the 2012 release of her baking book "Sticky Fingers Sweets and Eats," where she gets to tell readers how and why recipes work.
Quote her! "When you have afternoons (or even 30 minutes) together with family, try to disconnect from phone, computer, and outside distractions."
Maurisa Potts, Founder and CEO of Spotted MP (Marketing and Public Relations)
Maurisa is the founder and CEO of her own boutique marketing, public relations and event strategy firm Spotted MP (Marketing Public Relations) , which provides curated and effective marketing strategies for economic and urban development, retail and non-profits entities in the Washington, D.C. area. She took the leap of faith to go out on her own with her business eight years ago (just around the time her son was born), admitting it was one of the toughest things she's ever done. For Potts, it was terrifying and thrilling at the same time to leave the corporate world for the entrepreneur world - creating your own craft and path by utilizing your talents. "I wouldn’t change one thing about the roller coaster ride of being an entrepreneur," she adds.
Quote her! "Great things never came from comfort zones."
Danielle Romanetti, Owner of Fibre Space
Known as a “yarn universe,” DMV locals flock to fibre space to shop for speciality yarns, hunt down the perfect pattern, and sit in on classes with crafting experts. If running a successful business wasn’t enough, Danielle Romanetti also wears another title: mom to daughter, Maddie. According to Danielle, Mattie spent the first 18 months of her life in a retail shop. Danielle was back at work a week after she was born. "I was lucky to be able to have her with me, but also felt guilty that I wasn’t spending every moment focused on her.," says Danielle. "I was 'that mom' at the park on my phone responding to customers and placing orders with vendors while she met new friends because we did not have childcare for so long. She’s now an outgoing and personable toddler. She’s also pretty darn good at entertaining herself, adds Danielle!
Quote her! "Don’t hold yourself to unrealistic ideals or standards. The balancing act of raising a child and a business or career is not one that everyone will do in the same way. There is no right way to do it."
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— Ayren Jackson-Cannady