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Mary Ostyn has a work-life juggle that would leave most of us breathless. A writer who works at home while parenting and homeschooling 10 children, her first book, A Sane Woman's Guide to Raising a Large Family, was released this spring; her second, Family Feasts for $75 a Week, is due out in September.
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Tamara Monosoff started her first two businesses when she was just 9 years old. Now the CEO and founder of Mom Invented, Monosoff lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and their 8- and 6-year-old daughters. She took some time recently to share her wisdom with Work It, Mom!
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  • Andrea Serrette

    Internal and Executive Communication Lead for the Printing Systems Division at IBM, Author of The Milk Memos

    Andrea is an Internal and Executive Communication Lead for the Printing Systems Division at IBM. She is also a co-author of a new book for working moms called The Milk Memos. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her 4-year-old son, 11-year-old stepdaughter, 14-year-old stepson, and her husband. Andrea has been with IBM for 9 years and shares with us how transitioning from a full-time, highly demanding job to a part-time, flexible position helped her feel more balanced and fulfilled.

  • Penelope Trunk

    Freelance Writer & Blogger, Author of Brazen Careerist

    Penelope Trunk is a freelance writer and blogger. Her book, The Brazen Careerist, has just come out and it's filled with refreshing and unexpected career advice from which we can all learn something valuable. She also writes one of our favorite career blogs; its tagline is "Advice at the intersection of work and life." Penelope lives in Madison, Wisconsin (where she moved to from New York City without ever having visited before), with her husband and two kids, ages two and five. In her revealing interview, she talks about how being in the World Trade Center tower as it was collapsing changed her life and her career, from a software executive to a freelance writer. Penelope is also extremely honest about the challenges she consistently deals with while juggling work and family and why using a coffee shop as an office means that sometimes you have to cover more than just your own tab.

  • Sam Reich-Dagnen

    Sam is the co-founder, with her husband, of Braincandy, a company that produces digital products, including DVDs, to help kids learn, play and explore the world around them. She lives in Seattle, Washington and is a mom of six year-old twins: Blaise and Logan.

  • Elana Centor

    Marketing commucations consultant, writer and blogger

    Elana Centor is a marketing commucations consultant, writer and blogger. (To read her great blog about business culture, check out FunnyBusiness.) She lives in Minneapolis, MN and has two kids who are 18 and 23 years old. In her interview, Elana shares some great perspectives on juggling work and raising kids that she learned from her 20+ year career. Elana Centor is a marketing commucations consultant, writer and blogger. (To read her great blog about business culture, check out FunnyBusiness.) She lives in Minneapolis, MN and has two kids who are 18 and 23 years old. In her interview, Elana shares some great perspectives on juggling work and raising kids that she learned from her 20+ year career.

  • Sally Thornton

    Founder & CEO, Flexperience, LLC

    Sally is the founder and CEO of Flexperience, LLC, a new company that connects professionals with part-time, flex-time, or project-based work opportunities. Sally lives in San Mateo, California, with her husband and two kids: a 19 month old and a four year old. In this interview Sally talks about what inspired her to start her company, why she finds being an entrepreneur and a mom easier than working for someone else, what she loves about having a flexible work schedule, and how you can often find her in the parking lot of her local public library.

  • Beth Feldman

    Vice President, CBS Communications Group and Founder, Rolemommy

    Beth is a Vice President for CBS Communications Group. She lives in New Rochelle, NY with her husband and two kids, ages 5 and 8. Beth is also the author of Peeing in Peace: Tales and Tips for Type A Moms and the founder of Rolemommy.com. If you need an extra shot of energy in your day, read Beth’s interview, in which she shares her tips for juggling work and family without losing your sanity, offers some advice for aspiring authors, and talks about how she created a more flexible work arrangement after having kids.

  • Cathy Rosen

    Senior Equities Trader

    Cathy Rosen is a Senior Equities Trader for a hedge fund based in New York City. She is a mom of a four year-old boy. In this interview, Cathy shares her thoughts on having to justify her choice to work, why finding time for a short workout makes her a better mom, why talking business at home with her husband is a good thing, how she manages to avoid the infamous working-mom guilt, and why she wouldn’t mind freezing herself for a bit.

  • Beth Avant

    Freelance Director at a PR Agency

    Beth Avant is a freelancer with a PR agency in San Diego, where she lives with her husband and three year-old son. Beth transitioned from working full time in PR to working on a more flexible schedule and then to eventually working as a freelancer. In this interview she shares some great perspectives for how to organize your life if you are freelancing, how to deal with feeling overwhelmed at work, and why she sometimes has a hard time relating to other working moms.

  • Lisa Nolan

    Co-Founder & CEO of LIZAL, Inc.

    Lisa Nolan is the co-founder and CEO of LIZAL, Inc., a successful China-based manufacturing and sourcing company. Lisa manages her business from Palo Alto, CA, with frequent trips to Asia. She is also a mom of a 3 year-old boy. In this revealing interview, Lisa talks about her inspiration for becoming an entrepreneur, how she schedules her days to maximize her time with her clients and her family, what she wishes her husband did differently, and some advice for fellow entrepreneur moms.

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