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A Profile of an Inspirational Working Mother: Margot Van Riper

An Extraordinary Entreprener Mom

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Margot finally got a break of sorts from a very surprising source. Her ex-husband’s new wife offered her a job working in her office as something called a “retained executive, doing research for business intelligence in human capital.” Loosely translated she was asked to be a headhunter. Her job would be to research executives on the internet, so that her boss -- her husband’s new  wife -- could refer corporations who were looking to replace their upper echelon employees.

Margot says, “I had no experience. But I told myself it was a good opportunity and I could learn. I didn’t even know how to dress for the corporate world, so I went to the library and took out a book on the subject. And after studying it carefully, I went to Goodwill Shops and bought used clothing that I could wear to work.”

It wasn’t too long before Margo discovered that she had a remarkable affinity for her new work. “I developed my own ways to uncover information that was impossible for other people to find and I could find things more quickly, too. Somehow, it just came naturally to me.”

It also didn’t take long for Margot to discover that the fee she was being paid for each of her searches, while seeming like an tremendous boon to her at the onset, was far less than what others in the same office were getting.

“I realize now my boss knew I was desperate and she thought to squeeze a lot more work out of me for a lot less. When I learned that, I also thought about the fact that I really didn’t like working for her. She was mean-spirited. One day, she made a nasty remark about my daughter and I decided to quit.”

Quitting this position after just having obtained some measure of fiscal security was a giant step of confidence for Margot.  “I sat in my office one day and thought about all I had been able to 

accomplish and decided that I wouldn’t let my earlier mistakes haunt me any longer.”

Today Margot is doing freelance research from her own office, making far more than she’d made working for her ex-husband’s wife. She speaks with pride about her work, enjoys it tremendously and is a highly sought-after professional in her field. “Now I have CEOs from $2 billion corporations phoning me.” Her daughter is now in college.

But how has she coped with her Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Margot says that after trying many conventional treatments, she finally went to an African healer. She insists he cured her and that her llness was not psychological, bought on by stress and despair. “I know he helped me, because I actually felt something leave my body and I’m better now. I can run again. I can play the drums.”

About the Author

Patricia V. Davis is a freelance author who lives in Northern California. She has five sons and stepsons. Her non-fiction work, "Harlot's Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss and Greece," has just been completed. Visit Patricia's podcast/webmagazine at

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