“Four years ago, I sat at my desk overlooking the Manhattan skyline from the 25th floor of 3 Times Square. I was in my mid-twenties, earning a six-figure salary at Bain & Company, which has now been rated the #1 global consulting firm by Consulting Magazine for 11 years straight. I looked down at the drafted email on my desktop, took a deep breath, and pressed send. The email notified more than 400 coworkers and friends that I was leaving what I’d previously believed was my dream job to pursue the non-profit I had founded, Pencils of Promise (PoP).
What began as a $25 deposit and a request for donations on my 25th birthday to build one school in the developing world had morphed into a 501(c)3 organization run by passionate young professionals who believed that bringing business acumen to humanitarian idealism could produce real innovation. When I left Bain in March 2010, PoP had completed two schools. Today, we have broken ground on more than 200 schools across four countries (Laos, Ghana, Guatemala and Nicaragua) that have served more than 20,000 students.” - Adam Braun, TIME Magazine
Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category
With Mother’s Day on Sunday, I decided to spotlight a multi-taking, working mom this year whom I also consider a friend. Brooke Burke, Host of Dancing With The Stars and Co-CEO of ModernMom.com was an early supporter of my writing, my book and myself in general. She has given me her unwaivering support, and therefore today I’m thrilled to give you our interview, as well as a great Mother’s Day giveaway! Brooke is rocking motherhood, marriage and a career, so let’s find out how she does it…
ED – Brooke, you take multitasking to the extreme – Co-Founder of ModernMom.com, Host of Dancing with the Stars, Workout DVDs, Lingerie lines and more. How do you do it, and please share with our community your top 3 tips for moms how to maintain their sanity in a world of too many demands.
I don’t often share the press we receive, but yesterday, two nice interviews came out and I wanted to share them with you. One of the interviewers used my answer to title the article. I’m so glad they did, because it is how I feel. The little things truly ARE the big things in life. I don’t think we realize this enough.
I was honored to be named ‘Super Mom of the Week’ on a great website Big City Moms that features super moms. Looking at the list of women, I am humbled to be in their company.
I spent the afternoon in New York last week with long distance friend, mom, and actress Denise Richards. We chatted over tea and scones, and then I decided to ask her some questions and find out what it’s like to be a single, working mom in the spotlight.
Denise was candid, honest and sincere about her life. I give you, our interview…
ED – Denise, can you tell us a little about your upbringing. Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be an actress? When and how did you get that lucky break?
DR – I grew up in a small town outside outside of Chicago. I grew up very differently than how my girls are growing up today. My mom was a stay at home mother. We were actually a Nielsen family – we were your all around typical American family. Family of 4. Very close. My father, my sister and I were part of a father-daughter group called The Drifters. My mom had dinner on the table every night at 6 o’clock. Everything was about family growing up.
I was watching 20/20 about three weeks ago, and saw the familiar, funny girl that is Kristen Johnston. But, it wasn’t so funny. It was deep, and it was dark. I was mesmerized. Her story was riveting. I chased her down until I found her, and am thrilled to feature her today on WomenOnTheFence.com.
I give you, actress, author, and activist Kristen Johnston.
ED – Kristen, take us through your childhood, and how you came to acting, namely your role as Sally Solomon in the hit series 3rd Rock from the Sun.
When I met Soledad O’Brien for the first time in August at Blogher in New York City, I was truly intrigued. She is the CNN anchor we watch daily cover hurricanes, disasters, and important news. Yet, when you speak to her in person, she has this other side. This aura to her. A sweet, fun-loving, and exceptionally charming side. To top it off- she’s a mom of four children. I loved her essence, and so I asked her for an interview. Her response, “I will never forget Women On The Fence. You have my word, I will give you an interview.”
And so here we are. Soledad was on her day off when we chatted. She was leaving the gym, and en route to do some errands as a multi-tasking career mom. Just a regular gal trying to fit it all in.
I am still on a high from meeting a true pioneer and leader in her field, Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post. This woman is the real deal. When you talk to her, you can FEEL her energy. She gives you direct eye contact (which I love), a firm handshake, and lets you know she HEARS you. Arianna is open, and oozes creativity… it is palpable.
If you are not familiar with Arianna Huffington, she is the creator and founder of the popular blog The Huffington Post, which she sold to AOL in 2011 for $315 million. She was then named president and Editor-In-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which included The Huffington Post and then-existing AOL properties such as Engadget, AOL Music, Patch Media, and StyleList. Arianna Huffington was named #12 on the Forbes list of the ‘Most Influential Women In Media.’ (Wikipedia)