MomVentures April 23rd Fusion Event


Monday April 23, 2012

Globe and Mail Small Business Summit

Sneak Peek

A Radio-Meets-Twitter,

Power-Packed Event!

Chat with Summit speakers, the Report on Business Editor, and air your thoughts on the current  and emerging issues facing small business owners.

The Small Business Summit, held in Calgary at the Hotel Arts this Wednesday, April 25th is brought to you by The Globe and Mail’s Report on Small Business in conjunction with Achilles Media, Small Business Summit is a one-day event, geared to entrepreneurs, to kick-start your small or medium enterprise to the next level.

The radio show is hosted by Susan Sohn of Get Real Live, and the Twitter chat is hosted by  Our fusion event gives you the chance to have a sneak peek into this fantastic event and connect with some of the speakers and other attendees, as well as discuss what’s on YOUR mind as a small business owner.  Read the speaker bios here:

Susan Sohn is our vivacious, straight-talk, firecracker host. She is a lifelong entrepreneur, mom of three, children’s book and blog author, speaker, talk-radio host, social media personality, former resident of Asia, Australia, Canada, and the US, and the epicenter of several family-oriented and media concepts: thefamilyroom,, and GetRealLive. Across these, and via her many expert media appearances, Susan communicates her passion: “Building extraordinary families, developing relationships and strengthening the communities we live in.” Susan uses a breadth of life experience, a keen moral compass, and a no-nonsense down-to-earth approach to get to heart of the important issues of our times.

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Globe and Mail Fusion Event

Globe and Mail Fusion Event

Date: Monday April 23, 2012


10-11pm Eastern
9-10pm Central
8-9pm Mountain
7-8pm Pacific

Radio call-in number: 718-508-9042

Twitter chat room URL:

**Listen to the radio show and chat about the show at the same time on Twitter!**

Bring your questions for speakers who will be responding to audience questions live on air as well as in the chat room.

See you then!

Radio Show

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Listen to internet radio with Susan J Sohn on Blog Talk Radio

Twitter Chat

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EMI Toronto Event – Master Your Brilliance with Carolyn Ellis

Master Your Brilliance with Carolyn Ellis!

Entrepreneurial Moms of Toronto May 2012 Event

Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: 25 Sheppard Avenue West, Suite 300 Toronto, Ontario

Non-Member Price: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Member Price: Free!

Speaker: Carolyn Ellis (

Topic:  Master Your Brilliance with Carolyn Ellis

Carolyn Ellis

About Carolyn Ellis:

Carolyn Ellis is the founder of and specializes in helping overwhelmed and frustrated entrepreneurs align their energy, business design and priorities with their true purpose so they can deliver their gifts powerfully and profitably. Carolyn strongly believes that having a six figure-plus business is no fun if you’re maxed out on time—which is why she helps her clients build their brilliant empires with work-life balance and real freedom in mind.

A member of the International Association of Women in Business Coaching, Carolyn is an award-winning author, a certified Money, Marketing & Soul Coach, Money Breakthrough Method coach and the creator of the THRIVE Principles TM. She has trained with some of the world’s greatest transformational and marketing leaders, and has in fact been engaged by many of them to assist their personal clients with their business and coaching needs.

Carolyn also has a graduate degree from Harvard University, and is a Master Integrative Coach and Advanced PSYCH-K Facilitator. She has worked on Wall Street, served as a senior policy advisor in government and was the Director of Development for two of the top independent schools in Canada.


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Choking on Kid Clutter? Go Ahead and Throw It UP!

Tips on Taming Kids' Room and Maintaining Your Sanity

Choking on Kid Clutter? Go Ahead and Throw It UP!

Last night I gashed my foot open on a Lego.  Even though the playroom is in good condition and it was just an unlucky step, it reminded me just how important it is to keep a handle on kids’ rooms before they get a handle on YOU.

Kid clutter got you feeling a little claustrophobic? 

Try these 5 tips to tame the madness:

  1. Should it be kept? – Wrestling with what to keep for little Johnny’s posterity scrapbook (that you TOTALLY plan to start someday)? Here’s the rule of thumb: if it represents his or her era, usual style at this age, or a special event you can all remember together, it’s in the running.  Only if it can stand the test of time (likely with your modifications) and display nicely, should you keep it.  If it’s a pile of rose petals that are already looking smashed and attracting ants, ditch them.  Make a project of pressing some the next time, label, and laminate or preserve them in wax paper.
  2. Think: dual use –  In a playroom or bedroom, instead of a traditional kids’ table with legs and 4 chairs, consider installing an inexpensive shelf into a wall and tuck bean bags underneath it.  Kids can use the shelf for eating or crafts while sitting on the bean bags, or longterm book or trophy display. Bean bags are also great sleepovers, movie-watching, travel, and versatile storage when not in use.
  3. Throw it UP and tie it DOWN – Think vertical in kids’ rooms and get as much off the floor as possible.  Stuffed animals can be hung from the ceiling in mesh bags, stackable organizers can safely pile those light items such as sticker collections, feathers and puff ball craft supplies, and markers.  Remember to anchor shelves, organizers and anything that kids might climb with inexpensive hooks and anchors from the hardware store to prevent injury.  Creative thought into shifting from horizontal storage to vertical can give you back valuable square footage. Tie down cords for gaming modules, TV’s, laptops, and other modern toys create safety hazards and the illusion of a big mess even when there isn’t one.  Invest in inexpensive rip-ties, clips or bands to get the cords out of eyesight and out of tripping range. Lassoing in those wayward cords can yield lots of usable space you thought you lost.
  4. Repurpose – Did that favorite truck finally break?  In your sweeping spring clean up as you find broken parts that your nostalgic little one doesn’t want to purge, try making art from a few of the pieces that can be displayed.  Broken wheels, dollhouse pieces, and random red and green crafts leftover from the holidays can be creatively fit into a diorama to give to Grandma for Mother’s Day, or fit into a 3-D canvas painting for your family to enjoy for years to come.  Don’t forget that broken crayons can be stripped of their paper wrapping and melted down in silicon cupcake molds, and cooled to create fantastic rainbow-colored, shaped crayons.
  5. Lastly, but often as a last resort, donate it – Kids are often very attached to their special items.  But throw in a special twist and magically giving seems so fun.  Help them make a letter for the child that will receive their old toys.  If you have time, include a photo of your little one or a photo of the family. Have your child write as much of the letter as they can, or draw a picture.  Deliver the toys with your child and let them experience the closure and satisfaction of giving something they once loved.  It will build character and a lasting memory that giving is worthwhile and fun.
Happy spring cleaning!

It’s OK to Cry: When It’s Not Just Business


How much do you pour of yourself into your business? Is it OK to cry? Is it really just business?

It was about 10 minutes before preschool pick up time when the message came in. Depending on your point of view, one could have understood it as simply a disappointing business development. But the sensation of the bottom of my stomach dropping to the top of my feet told me that this was going to be a tough one.

I responded predictably, perfunctorily, and professionally to the message, and boarded my car to pick up my kids.

During the drive to the preschool I was on auto-pilot. You know that eery numbness that settles in only a few times in your life – when something happens that is altogether shocking while simultaneously feeling like a peculiar combination of a sucker punch and a sword through the heart? Yeah- that.

I was surprised by my own reaction bubbling up. It wasn’t the first disappointment in a business outcome, nor was it an inaugural disappointment in a relationship. Something was different about this one.

It wasn’t until after I hurried along a friendly conversation with a fellow parent at the preschool and my preschoolers were buckled into their carseats, that I burst into tears. There, with face in hands, slumped over the steering wheel, and two kids staring on in confusion and concern, I realized that it’s not “just business”.

What is it that conventional experts tell us are the keys to success, particularly in social media? Something about authenticity, engagement, generosity, relationships, and inspiration? Be human, we’re told. Give freely, we’re urged. Form relationships- even friendships, we’re encouraged. Meet offline, care, and invest yourself, we’re guided. ….Or did I get that wrong?

Then again we’re businesspeople. We exist in a hyper-capitalist micro-culture by definition. The name of this game is to get ahead, with no guarantees that no one’s feelings won’t get hurt along the way. Loyalty is something we try to define, instill, protect, predict, mandate, and enforce in contracts, but ultimately fail in doing as it is a human essence- not one intrinsic to business. Business is the exchange of a product or service for a mutually agreed-upon value. A successful business makes money, not necessarily friends. …Or did I get that wrong?

I think we’re being led astray as women and mom entrepreneurs. The messaging to simultaneously be authentic, generous, and form relationships is incongruent, fragmented, and antithetical to the undercurrents of the business world. We’re in an awkward sororital blender filled of love for one another, fresh maternal streaks in the “mothering” era of our lives, sprinkled with primal competitive streaks, and doused with more obligation, information, expectation, and opportunity than at any other time in our female history.

The result is that we are playing by some of the rules some of the time, and the rest of the rules when the first set of rules fails us. Internally we recognize we’re switching rulebooks – perhaps from a friend-colleague hybrid role to strictly-business-colleague/ ex-colleague role. But we rationalize the shift in expectations of ourselves by citing a plethora of yet a different set of expectations of the other party. Mom entrepreneurs especially are effectively floating unanchored in an ambience of undefined roles and expectations, with the additional complicating element of time introduced. Who is good for us now, may be replaced by someone else. What was good for us a while ago, isn’t anymore- mirroring the rapid changes in our own families as children grow from babies to teens, and in our bodies as we transform from vessels for baby-making to autonomic women in the driver’s seat of our physical being and minds.

While I wax philosophical, the tears dry. I ponder why, in a world with no guarantees, and plenty of risk, this would hurt. The answer is simple: I cared.

I cared not just for the business disappointment in question, but for the relationship with the other human. I did invest, bond, relate, share, give, trust, and lend myself to the vulnerabilities inherent in forming a hybrid relationship based on both business and personal connection. I am not ashamed that this affected me, and actually embrace that I am a feeling, emotional, and – yes- female being.

I also had passion for my business, so I did actually give a d*mn about the bad news I had just received. Sure we should try our best to detach ourselves emotionally from our business to create a healthy balance, but complete detachment contradicts what the “greats” recount as what made them successful. They cite passion as the secret sauce, and it’s what we all tell newbies to “go find” if they want to start a business.

In walking through this experience I have come to realize that I reject any notion that we should detach from our humanness in business. That is what makes this niche special- that we are moms and entrepreneurs in the same breath. In fact we are these each in the same physical space, in the same armful, in the same desk space, and in the same mental real estate. And, in a crowded landscape of contradictory advice, sensibilities, and modalities in the mom entrepreneur niche in its infancy, I stand by my decision to care. I walk away from this experience wiser and more cautious to protect my interests in the future. However I will continue to operate from a paradigm of belief of the best of humankind. Really, I don’t know another way.

I stand in gratitude for the opportunities with which I continue to be blessed to share, invest, and care in other people. It’s *not* just business. And it *is* OK to cry.

MomVentures March 1st Fusion Event Expert: Melissa Dawn Lierman

Our March 1st MomVentures fusion event features four outstanding leaders in their industries, entrepreneurial moms, and all-around awesome women who will host and panel this dynamic discussion crossing over a live radio show and Twitter chat titled “Pinterest 101”.

We are pleased to introduce you to the Pinterest 101 Fusion Event Expert, Melissa Dawn Lierman, Founder and CEO of TimeOutMom.

From her TimeOutMom bio:

In the past 10 years, Melissa has spoken at more than 300 events to audiences across North America on Social Media, Branding & Marketing, Website Development & Search Engine Optimization.

Melissa specializes in conducting workshops (1 hour, 3 hour, half day, full day) in Twitter, FaceBook, Blogging, and Social Media at conferences and at corporations delivering customized curriculum for specific niches, markets, and clients.

Melissa applies her experience in her day-to-day professional life as the Director of Social Media for Mom It Forward, Premier Fitness Camp, ZarBee’s Natural Health Products, and The Madow Dental Group.

When not public speaking, Melissa’s next greatest love is one-on-one consultations and strategy development with Brands, PR Agencies, Large & Small Businesses, and Bloggers.

Melissa has three children and she is also also a mom blogger at, an avid tweeter@TimeOutMom, and loves to connect with people all over the world via Social Media. You can often find her tweeting on Twitter late into the night – send her a tweet and say Hello!

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Contact Melissa Lierman:
Email: timeoutmom [at] gmail [dot] com

MomVentures March 1st Fusion Event Expert: Kim Garst

Our March 1st MomVentures fusion event features four outstanding leaders in their industries, entrepreneurial moms, and all-around awesome women who will host and panel this dynamic discussion crossing over a live radio show and Twitter chat titled “Pinterest 101”.

We are pleased to introduce you to the Pinterest 101 Fusion Event Expert, Kim Garst, CEO of Social Media Branding.

Kim has been a Mompreneur for almost 20 years. Currently she shares her business and marketing savvy through coaching and consulting with clients around the world. Kim specializes in helping you get more sales, more leads and more clients utilizing the power of social media and the Internet as a whole. Her systems are easy to implement and get quick results for small businesses as well as new and established solopreneurs. In just the past nine months Kim has built her second 6-figure income business. Kim’s recent achievements include being named to Forbes Top 50 Social Media Influencers.

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Email: kim [at] kimgarst [dot] com



MomVentures March 1st Fusion Event Expert: Heather Schuck

Our March 1st MomVentures fusion event features four outstanding leaders in their industries, entrepreneurial moms, and all-around awesome women who will host and panel this dynamic discussion crossing over a live radio show and Twitter chat titled “Pinterest 101”.

We are pleased to introduce you to the Pinterest 101 Fusion Event Expert, Heather Schuck, Founder and CEO of glamaLIFE Brands.

As the CEO and founder of the glamaLIFE Brands, Heather Schuck transformed a $2,000 investment into a multi-million dollar lifestyle brand with her innovative branding strategies, early adoption of social media, and relentless pursuit of growth opportunities. Drawing from her creative experiences growing up in a crafty household, business lessons learned from a brief career in investments, and finally a healthy dose of patience derived from many years working at a psychiatric treatment home, Heather launched Glamajama in 2003. Today, the children’s clothing and accessory line is sold at hundreds of boutiques throughout the states and overseas with exclusive lines being sold in the US at Target, JCPenney, and Sears.

While Heather feels blessed with her role as mom entrepreneur, she feels her greatest role is being a proud mother. As a full time, stay at home mom to her 9 year old son, 7 year old daughter, and 5 year old son she embodies the concept of a next generation mom who utilizes technology to work smarter, not harder and fulfills her personal aspirations of being a traditional mom while satisfying her professional goals of creating a multi-million dollar company.

Contact and follow glamaLIFE:

CEO/Founder glamaLIFE Brands
Heather Schuck
email: heather [at] glamaLIFE [dot] com

Branding, Social Media and Other Bed Time Stories

Title: Branding, Social Media and Other Bed Time Stories
Location: Character Creative located at 385 Danforth Ave.
Description: Come out and join us for another exciting Entrepreneurial Moms Build Your Business event on April 13 with Cleo Thompson. Branding, Social Media and Other Bed Time Stories is the topic for the evening.

Branding is all about story telling. The rise of social technologies have made branding not only more personal, but within reach. Each and every one of us is a brand. Personal branding is the process by which we market ourselves to others. As a brand, we can leverage the same strategies that make celebrities or corporate brands appeal to others. We can build brand equity just like them.  During this evening, we will learn to discover our brand, and create it from there.

Come out to join us at Cleo’s company Studio located at 385 Danforth. Refreshments, beverages and networking will be part of this fantastic evening. Please register early as seating is limited.

Cleo Thompson has been in graphic design and communications for over 15 years. For the last six of those years, she has owned and operated Character Creative, a sociably and sustainably minded design studio in Ottawa. Ever the entrepreneur, she also runs her own interior design company called Tonic Interiors and has kept her skills up to date in both these fields by teaching at Algonquin College in both the Graphic Design program and the Interior Decorating program.

Also a busy mom to two young children, Cleo holds the position of Director of Marketing for Entrepreneurial Moms Ottawa, and is the part time Brand Manager for one of her clients. In her spare time, little as it might be, Cleo is an avid reader, a yoga enthusiast and a foodie. She is keenly interested in healthy and vegetarian food and environmental issues. She also volunteers for many local charities and fosters sick animals for the Ottawa Humane Society.

Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2011-04-13


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