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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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  • Allyson Goldsby

    Vice President of Marketing, Sony Pictures Television

    Allyson is a Vice President of Marketing for Sony Pictures Television. She lives in Manhattan Beach, CA, with her husband and two kids, who are 15 months and 4 years old. In her interview, Allyson talks about the ways she makes her life easier, why she doesn’t mind that her husband has not given their son one bath, and how her job is a great outlet for her creativity and energy. (And she drops some celebrity names along the way!)

  • 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.

  • Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin

    Authors of Back On the Career Track

    Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin are the authors of Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-At-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work, a book offering strategy and advice to women resuming careers after extended time at home with children. With nine kids between them, Carol and Vivian have both taken time away from their demanding careers and have successfully returned to the workforce. Their book is filled with specific tips and suggestions for moms who are thinking about returning to work after taking time off and it is based on their personal experiences as well as interviews with more than 100 women who have successfully made the transition.

  • 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.

  • Debbie Kristofferson

    VP of Creative and User Experience, Walmart.com

    Debbie is the Vice President of Creative and User Experience for Walmart.com. She lives in Marin County, CA, with her husband, an 8 year-old daughter and a 7 year-old son. Debbie has an extremely demanding job, but due to a very long commute, she works from home one day a week. In this interview, she talks about how she succeeds with making this arrangement work, why taking time off from work was so important when her daughter made the transition to kindergarten, what she still has to learn to do better as a professional mom, and why you might find her on a conference call in her gym parking lot.

  • Donna Novitsky

    CEO of Big Tent

    Donna Novitsky has gone from a career in Industrial Engineering to honing her marketing skills at an enterprise software startup that she helped build from nothing to $100 million in revenue. From there, she joined the Venture world before becoming an entrepreneur and the CEO of Big Tent, a company that provides free online technology and facilitates the organization of real-world communities.

  • Hana Wolf and Nisha Cordero

    Co-Founders of Little Jet Set

    Hana S. Wolf and Nisha T. Cordero were both lawyers before becoming entrepreneurs. In June 2007, they launched Little Jet Set, an online store packed with tips, gear, and gadgets for tiny travelers (and their parents). On their site, they admit to owning an electronic gadget or two, but have found plenty of ways to keep boredom and discomfort at bay -- at home, and while on the road.

  • Jenna McCarthy

    Author of "The Parent Trip"

    Jenna McCarthy has been writing for magazines for 17 years, as a freelancer and as a staff member at publications including Seventeen, Mademoiselle, and Shape. "Oh yeah, and I recently made two people, right in my body, practically from scratch," she says. "No wonder I’m exhausted half the time."

  • Jill Bohrer

    Education Services Project Manage for Apple Inc.

    Jill Bohrer is an education services project manager for Apple, Inc., in New York City. She is also a mom of a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. In her interview she talks about some of her strategies for separating work and family life, as well as finding extra time to spend with her daughter, what work/life balance means for her, and the one area of parenting where she goes against the experts to make her life easier.

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