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Founder of Babies, Business + Breakfast™
After spending the better part of a decade as a freelance and remote worker in Australia, Ireland, and England, I returned to Canada with a newfound motivation to address the isolation I sometimes faced as a working expat and new parent.
Determined to maintain a sense of self while looking after my first son (2016) and preparing to give birth to my second son (2018), I often sought out networking and professional development opportunities but was surprised by a lack of inclusive spaces with baby change facilities and parent-friendly event times.
Some of the things I have brought my sons to, which are usually seen as traditionally adult-only events include:
💸 Pitching to investors, accelerator programs, advisors and potential business partners for feedback (while wearing a baby in a carrier/ breastfeeding/rocking them in my arms or feeding my toddler snacks/giving them toys to play with and using my diaper bag as a laptop bag to share my pitch deck in between diaper changes).
📈 Presenting to crowds, workshop participants, special guests and complete strangers (while doing all of the above with a newborn baby and/or toddler).
💼 Interviewing for a corporate mat leave contract alongside my at the time, 15-month-old son (which I’m proud to say I was offered, happily accepted and recently completed, while growing my second baby).
📅 Attending business workshops about cash flow, income tax, business models and legal structures (where I alternated wheeling my kiddos into the venue in a stroller, carried in a car seat or wore them in a baby carrier and proceeded to feed them breakfast, breastfeed and keep them occupied with toys during early morning sessions starting between 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.).
And the list goes on.
Since 2018, I’ve been working on resources to help other parents invest in themselves alongside their children, because I believe everyone deserves to design and create a life that works for them and their family, all the while becoming an (accidental) activist and regular speaker about inclusion and flexible work.
My ‘parentpreneur’ activism resulted in the first-ever baby change table being installed in a non-gender washroom in Ottawa’s entrepreneurship and innovation hub, which brings services and support under one roof.
As the Founder of Babies, Business + Breakfast, I host parent-friendly professional development events, produce digital resources and advise organizations on designing more inclusive programming and spaces, as I continue to work toward a future in which parenthood and professional development don’t have to be mutually exclusive.