Being a working mom and starting your own business are arguably two of the most stressful and rewarding accomplishments of a woman’s life. Combine the two and you’ve got a whole new set of emotions on hand, one of which is likely to be “mommy guilt.” Yep, that overwhelming feeling when you are working extremely hard to start your business and you feel like you’re neglecting your responsibilities as a mom.
We’re excited to bring together Mother leaders for a conversation spanning from freelance to full-time professionals, across industries. These creative and inspirational women will share their stories on how they got to where they are today and share their insights into being a mother in business.
Kellie Davis-Patton//Experiential Marketer
An experiential storyteller, with a passion for creating on-site experiences, social content and digital tools; Kellie has spent over ten years connecting brands with their consumers in a relevant, authentic and actionable way. As a wife and mother of two toddlers, connection is also at the core of her family. One night, as she leaned into an innocent question from her son “Mommy, why don’t you wear your curls, what’s wrong with curly hair” she learned connecting with herself would be the key to growing as a mother and in her career. After cutting it all off, and starting from scratch (literally) she realized that the agency and brand worlds within which she thrives are not only in need of innovation but also authentic people not afraid to ask that simple question her son gave her . . . “what’s wrong with ___?”
Alexandra Jones // 3x founder
Alexandra Jones is a 3x founder and mom of two under two.
She co-founded BitWall, one of the first venture-backed bitcoin startups, where she led design and was a front-end developer. After growing the company for 5 years, BitWall was acquired. Since then, Alex has co-founded two new ventures: HG Ventures, a sales and marketing consulting company, and For Wellness Sake, a backstage wellness platform for talent and crew at live events.
After starting her first company, Alex realized the importance of a true work/life balance and workplace wellness. Having two children has made this balance even more important. She strives to keep a balanced mental state and help others achieve this to perform and feel their best both at home and in the office.
Alex is also a big hackathon enthusiast: she is a Bay Area hackathon winner and has hosted a hackathon to support innovation in small business, wellness, and cryptocurrency.
Cheryl Marriott// Sr. User Experience Researcher , Google
Cheryl Marriott (she/her/hers) is a mother to a pretty awesome 6-month old little guy, and a Sr. User Experience Researcher for Google Cloud. In her current role, she is responsible for understanding critical user needs for application reliability. She helped launched a flagship product for Google Cloud while fighting off nausea from IVF. Before Google and motherhood, Cheryl worked as a Sr. Human Factors Engineer for medical device development company, Farm Design. She has her BS in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT, and studied for her MS in Human Factors from Tufts. Despite being a nanny and a researcher in cognitive development in infants and toddlers, she is constantly being challenged and surprised by her little one.