What does parent-friendly professional development look like?
There was stroller parking, baby change tables on site, a play area and a table set up with colouring paper, crayons and markers. There was also paper and pens for the parents to take notes during the talk.
The wagon we used to transport our event supplies into the venue from the parking lot doubled as a stationary climbing station, used by babies practicing their standing and walking skills.
Parents arrived with babies in slings, carriers, strollers and holding little ones’ hands at the DARE District’s open plan space to find the room in the centre of Level 2, which was buzzing with happy chatter and baby babbles.
Some friends and formerly strangers–now Babies, Business + Breakfast attendees–it was awesome to see the concept and community unfold in real-time!
It takes a lot of preparation, patience and a bit of courage to venture into business spaces with kids, but everyone who attended amazed me with their positive and friendly attitudes, open minds and willingness to share and learn.
I interviewed panel guests, Sunshine Tenasco, Karla Briones and Susan Richards, on the topic of ‘How She Built It’, with questions covering business, mindset and parenting.
Their business offerings range from services to products, online to bricks and mortar, with industries spanning fashion, retail, hospitality, finance, consulting and events.
As parents, you’re often faced with unsolicited advice from strangers and loved ones alike, covering what worked for them, what they think will work for you and what parenting ‘should’ look like.
Since there are so many ways to set up, run and grow a business–as with raising a family–we focused on storytelling and experiences over advice, to illustrate how they went about setting up and running their respective businesses, while parenting.
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS AND PANEL GUEST TAKEAWAYS
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