SPECIAL EDITION: Kristen Howerton Is Helping Us Rage Against Expectations for Moms Everywhere

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This special edition episode is powered by Dove Real Beauty Productions. To celebrate its 60th Anniversary at the Mom 2.0 Summit, we are creating conversations with inspiring women around the evolution of self-discovery and the definition of real beauty. Kristen Howerton is the mom behind the popular parenting blog, “Rage Against the Minivan,” where she writes openly about her experiences as a mother of four kids via birth and adoption. She’s an eloquent writer, successfully tackling hard topics like the challenges of raising two adopted black boys in predominantly white spaces — even in her own home. In this episode, Jess and Kristen talk about dealing with online trolls, raising daughters who know their beauty and their worth, and the myth of the perfect mom.

Lulu Cerone is Bringing Social Activism to Backyard Parties Across America

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Lulu is the founder of LemonAID Warriors, a charitable organization she created when she was just ten years old. Seven years later and she has published her own book, PhilanthroParties! A Party-Planning Guide for Kids Who Want to Give Back, a guide for adding social activism to your social life. Lulu’s work helps people see that they can create change on a small, everyday level and still have a big impact. In this episode, Jess and Lulu talk philanthropy for kids, the progression of the LGBT movement, and the confidence that comes with being your most authentic self.

SPECIAL EDITION: LaShawn Wiltz is Helping Us Find the Beauty in Our Busy Lives

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This special edition episode is powered by Dove Real Beauty Productions. To celebrate its 60th Anniversary at the Mom 2.0 Summit, we are creating conversations with inspiring women around the evolution of self-discovery and the definition of real beauty. LaShawn Wiltz is the award-winning blogger behind Everyday Eyecandy, where she uses her platform to discuss finding balance as a working mom, and to celebrate the everyday beauty that women may often miss in their busy lives. LaShawn is teaching her community that it’s totally possible to drown out the noise and make time for the little things that mean a lot. In this episode, Jess and LaShawn talk the importance of giving children positive affirmations, the myth of the perfect mom, and the value of letting kids learn lessons for themselves. 

SPECIAL EDITION: Africa Miranda Wants You to Feel Beautiful Just the Way You Are

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This special edition episode is powered by Dove Real Beauty Productions. To celebrate its 60th Anniversary at the Mom 2.0 Summit, we are creating conversations with inspiring women around the evolution of self-discovery and the definition of real beauty. Africa Miranda is an actress, reality TV star, and CEO of Beauty by Africa Miranda. After spending twelve years helping brands shape their authentic stories, and now she’s ready to start telling her own. Africa uses her platform to expand our visual representation of beauty and body positivity, especially for women of color. In this episode, Jess and Africa talk important female role models, entrepreneurship in the beauty space, and defining beauty on your terms.

Gabi Gregg is Building a Fashion Empire One Empowering Message at a Time

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You may know her as GabiFresh — Gabi Gregg is an entrepreneur, fashion and style blogger, brand ambassador, and creator of her own line of swimsuits for Swimsuits for All. Gabi is a trailblazing pioneer in the plus-sized fashion and women’s empowerment space; she uses fashion as a means to tell stories about loving the skin you’re in and always being true to your authentic self. In this episode, Jess and Gabi talk about building a career post-Recession, being more than the “plus-sized blogger” label, and the message behind her branding. 

SPECIAL EDITION: Morra Aarons-Mele is Empowering a New Generation of Leaders, Even When They Feel Like Hiding in the Bathroom

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This special edition episode is powered by Dove Real Beauty Productions. To celebrate its 60th Anniversary at the Mom 2.0 Summit, we are creating conversations with inspiring women around the evolution of self-discovery and the definition of real beauty. Morra Aarons-Mele is the founder of “Women Online” and the author of the upcoming book, Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home). What I love about Morra is that she is a true kindred spirit; she is a fellow podcaster and a fierce advocate for how women in media and pop culture are represented. In this episode, Jess and Morra discuss entrepreneurship while being introverted, successful marketing campaigns aimed at women, and the importance of messages about leadership for young girls.