Uncovering the Power of Work-Life Integration for Working Moms: A Conversation with HeyMama Founder, Amri Kibbler , Episode 178

This is a special Mother’s Day episode because it includes the kind of gift that a lot of us working moms would LOVE. If you’re on a career pause right now, consider the fact that this might be the perfect opportunity to uncover what might be next for you. In this episode, we talk about networking and why so few of us prioritize such a business-critical task. Then we discuss taking a pause in your career and why that needs to be on your resume. 

Altogether, we go through what work-life integration is and why it might feel so hard in traditional business relationship-building settings. We then turn to an online/offline community that is creating the space we need to be both moms and professionals without feeling as if we have to hide half of who we are. 

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Amri Kebbler is a mom of two from New York and the visionary behind the 2014 launch of HeyMama, one of the first membership communities in the marketplace for working moms. For the past eight years, she has led the community focus by spearheading the membership team and all event programming. A born connector, Amri has used her innate talents for creativity and curation to bring together an energetic team dedicated to building meaningful connections and collaborations with mothers at every stage of their personal and professional lives.

Prior to founding HeyMama, she spent more than ten years creating content for major publications like Glamour Magazine and Cosmopolitan as an editor and stylist. The AdWeek Trailblazer has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Entrepreneur, on the Today Show, and she has graced the cover of Parents Magazine. Throughout all her innovative endeavors, Amri seeks to use empathy and spirituality to spread happiness and joy by helping other mothers develop their self-worth.

Moms are warriors. There’s nothing that we will not do for our kids. And that’s why we need to feel whole and feel good about who we are, what we’re doing, and how we are contributing to the world, whether by raising an amazing human being or by being a powerful people-leader. 

In this episode, you will hear these ideas expressed:

  • About HeyMama an omnichannel community for working moms
  • Leveraging a career pause to also uncover opportunities
  • The need for the community during tough moments (i.e. along the infertility journey and otherwise)
  • What entrepreneurship is really like vs. what you might think if you’ve never been an entrepreneur
  • Why don’t working moms prioritize networking?
  • What relationships are working moms seeking?
  • The key to facilitating vulnerable conversations online
  • How to reenter the workforce and why your confidence matters
  • The importance of motherhood on the resume
  • Important things to explain on a resume if you have a gap
  • Bringing your kids into everything you do is wonderful
  • Examples of partnerships between moms were highlighted
  • The difference between moms and men when it comes to networking
  • The stigma of choosing to stay at home
  • The importance of networking and work-life integration

SHARE this episode with a mom founder, entrepreneur, or creator who is a mom who wants to understand how other moms figure out how to integrate her work and life instead of keeping them separate.

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How Ex-Corporate Mom Jo Dodd Went From Leaving Corporate America to Living in Jotopia, Episode 123


Find Your Purpose Besides Being A Mom (This Is An Open Call For 50 Moms To Become Beta Readers Too), Episode 148


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Melissa helps movers and shakers up to those in the corner office rediscover what makes them unique so that they can land their dream job in a forward-thinking company where their ideas are listened to, valued, and supported.

She brings insights from having worked in 16-business units (including Human Resources) in NY, Paris, and London. Additionally, in her former corporate career, she worked on billion-dollar brands for P&G and on IBM for Ogilvy & Mather. Later, as the founder and CEO of Career Outcomes Matter, Melissa created a 3-step “sellable strengths” process which has been the centerpiece of her clients' results.

Melissa applies this method consistently to support mid-level professionals up to the c-suite to get into Fortune Global 500 organizations and agencies. She studied Psychology at NYU and earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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