Sure, the label “Power Mom” can be a bit intimidating — especially in this city. (Do they sleep? Have talons? What’s the deal?) But we promise, after reading about this group of awesome, accomplished women, even the most wary among you will feel pumped. Representing fields ranging from design, media, education, science, fashion, finance and beyond — and often possessing a killer entrepreneurial streak — these ladies are inspiring examples of sisters doin’ it for themselves, while also making family a priority. (Oh, but “Work/Life” balance? They all kind of call B.S. on that concept, and offer their own take on it.) Click through to meet your new lady-crushes!
Kim Magloire, Founder and CEO of SciTech Kids
Whether you call Upper East Sider Kim Magloire a scientist, an entrepreneur or an educator, you're right. This prescient biologist and epidemiologist by training began her journey as an educator by doing science presentations at her daughter Gabrielle's nursery school when she saw a need for more STEM enrichment programs there. After holding a chemistry-themed birthday party for her daughter (complete with lab coats and goggles, of course) fellow parents encouraged Magloire — who at this point was providing STEM programs at multiple area schools — to open a permanent home where she could offer kids the opportunity to be scientists year round. This fall, she opened SciTech Kids, a STEAM Maker Lab that sparks children's innate curiosity about STEAM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) through rich, hands-on experiences for children 2 to 15 years old. "My goal is to teach kids to ‘'think like a scientist,' and through scientific inquiry, give them a new perspective about themselves and the world they live in."
Yet Another Reason To Like Her: How about two?: she wears jewelry that she learned how to create in a computational fashion class on 3D-printed clothing and jewelry, and her company and students were praised by President Obama after winning the White House Student Film Festival.
Work/Life: "Finding balance is not an easy task when you’re an entrepreneur. Sometimes I’m in work mode for 10 to 12 hours a day. When I’m home, at times I have to turn off the phone so I can be present with my family. During my quieter periods at work, I schedule time to relax, spend time with friends and pamper myself."
photo: Kim Magloire
Who’s the Power Mom in your life? (Besides you or your spouse, of course.) Sing her praises in the comments below!
— Mimi O’Connor