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Dare to Dream in Hard Times (I Mean Now!)

Uber, Groupon, Venmo, Square, Airbnb, Hewlett-Packard, Hyatt Hotels. All of these companies share something in common. They were started during times of economic downturns, times when people were ready to change how and where they do business. Times like these shake up the status quo, break established routines and habits, and open the door for anyone to become an entrepreneur. We are in a moment when everyone, from the one-woman show to the largest of companies, are reimagining what the “new normal” is going to look like for them, and now is the chance for you and your business to become a part of that.

In: Grow

Say It Loud, Say It Proud: Motherhood is Good For Business!

Women and mothers are leaving the workforce at disproportionate rates to men in 2020. In the month of September 2020 over 80% of the 1.1 million Americans who left the workforce were women. With children learning remotely at home, and childcare options reduced during the pandemic, mothers are being pulled in so many directions that many are seriously considering leaving the workforce. A recent study conducted by LeanIn.org and McKinsey & Company found that a staggering 1 in 4 women are considering downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce entirely.

In: Grow

Pandemic Threatens Progress for Mothers in the Workforce. We Will Not Allow It.

A letter from our CEO and Co-Founder, Sharon Kan

Dear fellow mother,

In: Community

Let’s Celebrate Mother’s Mind Day

When I became a mom, my world turned upside down. I was no longer interested in the same things as before — suddenly the conversations I wanted to have were all about the kids. I was planning my time — my life — around my kids. I wasn’t even thinking about this way, but my mind had two parts: the mom brain and the work brain.

In: Momlife

Daring to Change the Story for International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, it feels good to take a few moments to think about how far we’ve come — because in a lot of ways, we’ve come pretty far — but it would be shortsighted to stop there.

How to Balance Work and Family for a Strong Mom Economy

We need you, a mother, to be a participant in this economy. And while yes, we need you as a conscious consumer, you’re also needed as a business owner. Having more women like you in business has a huge impact on how we ALL live. Research shows that having mothers, in business helps us drive down the poverty rate. We’re more likely to invest more locally and focus on innovation. Plus, mothers tend to thrive off actively supporting one another’s businesses. (We love that last part!)

This is why I am so focused on building the mom economy. We need to create a safe space for you to discuss your challenges — for you to explore what works for you when you balance work and family. Finding that balance can be one of the most painful aspects of being a mother with a business. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to ease that pain and make sure that all parts of your life are fulfilling and thriving.

Running a business as a mother is a marathon, not a 50-yard dash. Mom entrepreneurs understand that we have to balance work and family throughout the journey of being a business owner.

Here are my top tips that have helped me keep balanced and keep going on my own journey.

You Can't Pour From An Empty Cup: Why Self-Care Isn't Selfish

Remember those days before you had kids when sleep was an actual 8+ hour event, meeting up with friends resulted in long, unfurling conversations into the night; and you actually took care of your body and mind? The gym was non-negotiable and you diligently worked on your business or career, all while ensuring you had downtime. Maybe your idea of a date night was actually an every other day event where you shared your hopes and dreams with a partner you adored? And of course, you looked immaculate because investing in how you look was a pleasure and a reflection of your life. Sure, life wasn’t perfect, but you had the luxury of focusing on yourself.

In: Community

It Takes a Village: The Six Mothers You Need in Your Life

Our CEO Sharon Kan shares her take on why every woman needs these six mothers in her life. 

Mothers, It’s Time for Us to Monetize our Work!

Picture this: a company posts a listing for a Head of Operations position. The job requires 135+ hours of work weekly, requires the employee to be on call 24/7, and demands that the candidate be knowledgeable in psychology, medicine, personal finance, the culinary arts and also basic technological skills. Physical requirements include the ability to stand for hours, lift up to 75 pounds, and be constantly moving, operating on little to no sleep.  

In: Grow

A New Voice at Pepperlane

Dear Pepperlane community, 

Reflecting on International Women's Day 2017

On March 8, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. Though it’s not particularly well known in the US, it started here in 1909 as a labor protest. Observed all over the world,  International Women’s Day is a day of action, in which organizations all over the world hold themed events to honor women’s contributions. This year, the UN’s theme is “Women in the Changing World of Work.” And an International Women’s Day coalition of businesses is themed #BeBoldForChange.