My company has a two-part mission: to “Inspire, Inform & Boldly Promote Courageous Women in Business” and to “Celebrate the Creativity of Moms by Launching Innovative Mom Invented® Products around the World.”
How did you get to where you are now?
For a time I thought I wanted to be a psychologist so I was on a Ed.D. track in psychology. I got involved in Bill Clinton's 1996 election campaign and ultimately was appointed to a number of positions in the White House and then as Chief of Staff in the Department of Adult Education in the US Department of Education. During the process I became fascinated by the women in leadership. I had met and ended up finishing my doctorate in International Multi-Cultural Education with an emphasis on Women in Leadership.
In 2000, my husband, who was also serving in the White House, was offered a dot com position in Hong Kong. I opened a consultancy in Hong Kong helping American businesses expand into Asian markets. In 2001, as the dot.com world changed, we moved home and I had my first daughter, Sophia.
It was becoming a mother that inspired me to invent a product called the TP Saver (toilet paper saver) after she began clogging the toilet. From there, many mothers reached out to me asking for help. They, too, had ideas that wanted to bring to fruition. Because there were so many and I wanted to support them all, I created the www.mominvented.com website and wrote The Mom Inventors Handbook to share everything I knew from going through the process of bringing a product to market myself. In 2007 McGraw-Hill published my second book, Secrets of Millionaire Moms. This book was about general business but I also wanted to provide experiences, insights and inspiration from some of the most successful Mom Entrepreneurs in America.