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Professional success doesn’t have to equate to personal loss

Working mothers continue to amaze me and not just because of the financial success they achieve but more so for their ability to blend family life and professional life so well. Have you mastered dreaming big and turning it into a tangible reality?
Professional success doesn’t have to equate to personal loss  - Lioness Magazine
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Working mothers continue to amaze me and not just because of the financial success they achieve but more so for their ability to blend family life and professional life so well.

Our cover story this month about Shazi Visram, founder, CEO and Chief Mom at Happy Family Organic Superfoods in New York City, chronicles the journey of this remarkable woman who built her brand based on the needs of families. Shazi went from cooking organic baby food in her kitchen to building a $100 million corporation in just six years. I believe her best recipe yet is the blending of family and corporate savvy. She proves what so many of us fear we’ll never achieve: a woman can effectively execute her duties in the home and the boardroom; she doesn’t have to sacrifice one for the other.

Another working mother in the spotlight this issue is Jennifer Varner, founder of Pure-Ecommerce and self-proclaimed “mompreneur.” Her story is one of triumph over tragedy as she was able to avoid bankruptcy and survive stage-three breast cancer. Jennifer candidly shares her struggle to raise four children with her husband, also a cancer survivor, all while trying keep her first business afloat with personal credit cards. Jennifer maintains that she had to struggle in order to know how to overcome failure and successfully manage Pure-Ecommerce.

Two other women featured this month – Lisa Gifford, star and writer of “3Some,” and Cassandra Smith, plus-size fashion designer of “Serita Bell” – truly capture the spirit of Lioness. They’re artistic, business savvy and have built successful careers in spite of all those who told them they couldn’t. I welcome you to take a glimpse into Gifford and Smith’s worlds as told by Tara McCollum and Aliyah Cherrisse, respectively; you’ll be inspired, not just to watch “3Some” or try on some of the “Serita Bell” line, but to dream bigger. They certainly dreamt big and turned it into tangible reality. So it begs the question, if they can, why can’t I?

About the author

Katelyn Gendron

Katelyn Gendron is a native of New York, who is currently living and working as a newspaper editor in Western Massachusetts. She took the helm as Editor in Chief at Lioness in 2013, structuring a strong editorial calendar and securing well-known entrepreneur interviews. A SUNY grad, Katelyn is a world traveler who has documented her journeys for various publications spanning five of the seven continents (she plans to visit the remaining two during her lifetime), her motto: “Life’s a ball. Let’s play!”

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