At the Mom Mogul Breakfast at midtown's Bond 45 on Tuesday, the decorations were pink, the gift bags were bursting and the moms were impossibly glossy, decked out at 8 a.m. in designer duds and towering stilettos. The event—hosted by More magazine and Divamoms.com—presented a power panel of female entrepreneurs (some partnered, some single) who have managed to build wildly successful businesses while juggling motherhood and family life. To a sold-out audience, the panelists—designer Rebecca Minkoff, model Veronica Webb, celebrity stylist June Ambrose, Flywheel founder Ruth Zukerman, Gilt Groupe founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher, and Glam for Good founder Mary Alice Stephenson—talked to co-hosts Lyss Stern of Divalysscious Moms and More publisher Sabine Feldmann about work-life balance, starting a business, and "having it all, doing it all and being it all."
Among their top tips on how to be a Mom Mogul: mastering "time management" (Fisher); "sleepless nights" (Ambrose); and "being hyperorganized" (Wilson). Other helpful skills include possessing an A-type personality, being able to prep for the next day or carve out some gym time at 10 at night, delegation and relying on others, taking care of one's self first in order to be great to one's kids, building up a strong network of girlfriends for help and support, and making sure to live in the present and savor one-on-one time with children and spouses. Even though the panelists agreed that work-life balance seems to be the ever-elusive holy grail, they talked about the importance of being role models for their children. As Webb told the audience, even though the house may not be perfectly organized or a homework assignment may slip through the cracks, at the end of the day, she's able to show her kids that "what mom does matters and makes a difference in the world."