Moms are mysterious creatures who even with all their commitments to careers, their communities and outside passions, manage to shape little beings into pretty cool folks. While we think all moms are amazing, we’ve chosen a very special group of our fave LA power moms who are not only holding down the fort at home, but are also creating, inventing, inspiring, innovating and pursuing their dreams in a wide variety of fields. From moms who make us laugh to incredible mompreneuers, these amazing ladies are kicking butt and taking names. Click through the slideshow to meet them.

Ashleigh Dempster, Co-Founder of AKID Brand

What happens when you leave a comfortable event business you’ve helped grow for seven years to start a brand new venture in an industry you know absolutely nada about? If you’re Ashleigh Dempster, total success! As Co-Founder of fashionable and functional kids footwear company, AKID, Dempster is helping raise the style game of tiny toes everywhere. But with good fortune, Dempster also believes there is great responsibility saying, “Giving back is in my DNA. Before becoming an entrepreneur, I worked in the non-profit sector. In my spare time, I have sat on a number of volunteer boards and committees. In addition, AKID just launched its charitable platform “GOODFOOT” where we support a handful of charities by donating shoes to kids in need. This month, I donated 2,000 pairs of shoes for Back to School to Alliance of Moms, Home for Little Wanderers, Baby2Baby and GOOD + Foundation.” Outside work, nothing brings her more joy in the world than lazy weekends at home in West Hollywood with her two sons, 5-year-old Jasper and 2 ½-year-old Stone. Making pancakes, swimming, watching movies and squeezing in a well-deserved nap or two is usually the name of the game and sounds pretty darn good to us.

photo: Ashleigh Dempster via Tasha Bleu

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–Jennifer O’Brien