41 episodes

Being a new mom or working-mom can be hard. At Pros&Babes, we believe you should never be alone with the overwhelm of figuring out work/life balance on your own! Did you know that women can lose up to a million dollars over a lifetime, compared to men, because caring for our loved ones shapes our career paths on a much larger scale - and with lasting effects? And that 40% of women feel so unsupported after maternity leave, they feel like quitting the career they worked so hard for? It’s called the “motherhood penalty.”We’re here to change that! Let’s make sure motherhood is our greatest advantage and source of joy! This is the place where YOU, successful moms with small kids working in competitive, corporate and STEM careers come to: Redefine your priorities and values after having children with absolute clarity so that you’re confident about your decisions in parenting, relationships, and career, create work/life balance on your terms so that you can hold space for what brings you joy and meaning - and expand your impact in your career and community, play on the same team with your spouse so that both of you can fulfil your personal goals while being present parents and intimate partners… and find belonging in an outstanding community of fellow moms, so that you create a clear path forward and are never alone with crushing overwhelm, isolation, or fears about balancing life and work after kids again.We bring you the best tips, guest experts, and interviews to engineer your personal and professional success, without compromising family happiness or health. It doesn’t matter if you are pregnant, on maternity leave, or a working mom...if you love your career and want to build a life that helps you build success on YOUR terms, you’re in the right place!

Engineer Your Success, Leadership, & Life Harmony #likeamother Pros&Babes CEO Kinia Romanowska

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Being a new mom or working-mom can be hard. At Pros&Babes, we believe you should never be alone with the overwhelm of figuring out work/life balance on your own! Did you know that women can lose up to a million dollars over a lifetime, compared to men, because caring for our loved ones shapes our career paths on a much larger scale - and with lasting effects? And that 40% of women feel so unsupported after maternity leave, they feel like quitting the career they worked so hard for? It’s called the “motherhood penalty.”We’re here to change that! Let’s make sure motherhood is our greatest advantage and source of joy! This is the place where YOU, successful moms with small kids working in competitive, corporate and STEM careers come to: Redefine your priorities and values after having children with absolute clarity so that you’re confident about your decisions in parenting, relationships, and career, create work/life balance on your terms so that you can hold space for what brings you joy and meaning - and expand your impact in your career and community, play on the same team with your spouse so that both of you can fulfil your personal goals while being present parents and intimate partners… and find belonging in an outstanding community of fellow moms, so that you create a clear path forward and are never alone with crushing overwhelm, isolation, or fears about balancing life and work after kids again.We bring you the best tips, guest experts, and interviews to engineer your personal and professional success, without compromising family happiness or health. It doesn’t matter if you are pregnant, on maternity leave, or a working mom...if you love your career and want to build a life that helps you build success on YOUR terms, you’re in the right place!

    The cost of the confidence gap in mothers in demanding careers, and what to do about it!

    The cost of the confidence gap in mothers in demanding careers, and what to do about it!

    “Think about when you enter a room and you talk with different people who have conviction and confidence within their work. It’s very magnetic to work with these people, and for you to harness this power is so important to not only your earning power but also help the impact that you want to make.”
    In this episode, Pros&Babes founder and CEO and host of this podcast Kinia Romanowska talks about what it's really costing us the confidence gap in women, either by being more self-critical or taking a long time to forgive ourselves after a mistake and strategies that will build your confidence back.
    Tune in to this episode as Kinia discusses using our strengths and capabilities as a working parents to show confidence and skills in the workplace.
    0:00 Intro
    1:40 A study on women’s confidence in the workplace
    4:25 How Pros&Babes is helping women to gain their confidence back
    5:30 Exploring your matrescence
    7:48 How does the values assessment help with building your confidence back?
    8:23 Envisioning your goals and your legacy
    9:26 How to use your vision to build your confidence
    10:11 Mapping out your energy to avoid burnout
    10:51 How to conserve and use your energy purposefully to boost your confidence
    11:20 Taking advantage of your transferable skills
    11:50 The importance of confidence in the workplace
    12:17 Some examples of ways you can improve your life by gaining confidence
    13:38 Using confidence as a leader in your field
    14:54 Streamlining the process to gain your confidence back after maternity leave
    15:23 Joining a community of like-minded women for accountability
    16:32 Endnotes
    If you’re enjoying the show, I’d be so grateful if you left us a review on iTunes so we can reach more moms, just like you. No one should be alone with the crushing overwhelm of trying to balance family and career life.
    Want more support from moms just like you? 
    Join us at facebook.com/groups/prosandbabes
    Be the first to access our free training on career and family life strategies, financial planning for moms, back-to-work planning, and more.
    Kinia Romanowska is a mother of two, wife, and award-winning journalist turned founder and CEO of Pros&Babes. She helps women in STEM, competitive, and corporate careers (and their employers) turn the "motherhood penalty" into their greatest advantage, through the MoMBA™ (Mom MBA), a 12-month hybrid group coaching, and 1-1 program.
    For more information, visit momba.prosandbabes.com

    • 17 min
    Eliminating your mental B.S. to break out of living a mediocre lifestyle

    Eliminating your mental B.S. to break out of living a mediocre lifestyle

    “The acronym, BOLD, is being a brave, outgoing leader deciding. This means that you decide on the legacy that you want to leave behind, both in your career and with your children. This takes being outgoing, having strength in your core values, and being willing to speak about them.”
    In this episode, Mary Bicknell, CEO of See the Signs, joins founder and CEO Kinia Romanowska to talk about how she has been helping women break free of their psychological limitations so they can become leaders in their life and business.
    Tune in to this episode for Mary’s teachings about being more BOLD and eliminating your mental B.S. to lead a Life Uncommon.
    Mary Bicknell is CEO, Podcaster and Founder of See The Signs. Her global consulting company focuses on helping women break free of their psychological limitations so they can become leaders in their life and business. Connect with Mary at her podcast, Lead A Life Uncommon, her website, or on Linkedin.

    0:00 Intro
    0:47 Meet Mary
    1:58 How Mary helps women take ownership in their lives
    3:32 How to encourage yourself to believe that your voice matters
    6:52 Being BOLD: Building your legacy for your children
    11:07 How to break free of being tired of taking charge of your life
    15:03 Transforming and changing your thinking
    19:05 Breaking through your everyday pattern to become the better you
    22:13 How to live your life uncommon
    28:36 Using hope to see the good in the bad
    32:04 Mary’s 25-year vision
    34:17 Connect with Mary
    35:35 Endnotes
    If you’re enjoying the show, I’d be so grateful if you left us a review on iTunes so we can reach more moms, just like you. No one should be alone with the crushing overwhelm of trying to balance family and career life.
    Want more support from moms just like you? 
    Join us at facebook.com/groups/prosandbabes
    Be the first to access our free training on career and family life strategies, financial planning for moms, back-to-work planning, and more.
    Kinia Romanowska is a mother of two, wife, and award-winning journalist turned founder and CEO of Pros&Babes. She helps women in STEM, competitive, and corporate careers (and their employers) turn the "motherhood penalty" into their greatest advantage, through the MoMBA™ (Mom MBA), a 12-month hybrid group coaching, and 1-1 program.
    For more information, visit momba.prosandbabes.com

    • 36 min
    Use project management to focus on your family priorities

    Use project management to focus on your family priorities

    “As with companies, it’s important for your family to have their mission statement and core values to drive decisions. When I started thinking about this for my family, it helped us and our kids to have a guiding principle to go off of when we feel overwhelmed or anxious.”
    In this episode, Hilary Kinney, Director & Author joins founder and CEO Kinia Romanowska to talk about her book, Project Management for Parents, engaging the family, building teamwork and succeeding together.
    Tune in to this episode as Hilary provides resources and tips for busy families to streamline life at home. 
    Hilary Kinney is the proud mother of an elementary school student and a project manager with 17 years of experience at a Fortune 500 company. Her recent parenting accomplishments include teaching him to plan his day independently, make dinner, and get his chores done – sometimes without complaining. She is also the author of Project Management for Parents, created to provide resources for busy families to streamline life at home. She lives with her family in the Washington, D.C. area. Connect with Hilary at Project Management for Parents or get your copy of her book at all major online retailers.
    0:00 Intro
    0:48 Meet Hilary
    1:40 Hilary’s inspiration to writing a book to help other parents manage their busy lives
    3:27 Getting organized and boosting productivity at home
    5:26 How to assess resources versus work in a changing environment
    9:32 How to embrace change and reduce risk in your career
    13:43 Allocating time and space for an emotional check-in
    19:04 How to build an engaged high performing family
    22:39 Getting your children involved in planning
    24:35 How to reduce overwhelm and focus on your priorities
    29:42 How to manage part-time work in a corporate setting
    33:22 Connect with Hilary
    34:48 Endnotes
    If you’re enjoying the show, I’d be so grateful if you left us a review on iTunes so we can reach more moms, just like you. No one should be alone with the crushing overwhelm of trying to balance family and career life.
    Want more support from moms just like you? 
    Join us at facebook.com/groups/prosandbabes
    Be the first to access our free training on career and family life strategies, financial planning for moms, back-to-work planning, and more.
    Kinia Romanowska is a mother of two, wife, and award-winning journalist turned founder and CEO of Pros&Babes. She helps women in STEM, competitive, and corporate careers (and their employers) turn the "motherhood penalty" into their greatest advantage, through the MoMBA™ (Mom MBA), a 12-month hybrid group coaching, and 1-1 program.
    For more information, visit momba.prosandbabes.com

    • 36 min
    Maternal mental health and looking stylish while being comfortable in maternity clothes

    Maternal mental health and looking stylish while being comfortable in maternity clothes

    “When I started my maternity clothing store, I really wanted to go back to my roots and use my creative side. And this journey to make my vision a reality connected me with amazing people in my life, made me figure out who I was beyond being a mom, and made me better by growing the community around me.”
    In this episode, the owner of the Fourth and mom of three, Iris Toon, joins founder and CEO Kinia Romanowska to talk about her journey through her business of designing and selling maternity clothes that help mothers feel comfortable while looking stylish and maternal mental health. 
    Tune in to this episode as Iris discusses supporting other moms who have had changes in their well-being when they become moms.
    Iris Toon is the owner of The Fourth, a maternity and nursing clothing shop. Dressing moms in comfy, stylish clothes they can wear from the first to the fourth trimester. She’s also passionate about advocating for maternal mental health because of her own experience with postpartum anxiety. Raising a family of three girls with her husband, Dan, in Edmonton, Canada. Connect with Iris at www.the-fourth.ca or on Instagram or Facebook.

    0:00 Intro
    0:44 Meet Iris
    2:26 Iris’ journey as a mother of three while thriving as a business owner
    5:10 Why is having mental health support important?
    7:56 Getting through the fourth trimester: Going back to your roots and accepting help
    10:01 Iris’ process of matrescence in her personal and professional life
    12:36 Being an entrepreneur in Edmonton
    14:15 The struggle of shopping for maternity clothes and how Iris helps to make this easier
    16:40 How Iris put faith into her religion to thrive in her business
    21:37 How Iris juggles being an entrepreneur with being a mom of three and a loving wife
    26:20 The importance of being and feeling comfortable in maternity clothes
    29:54 Iris’ 25-year vision
    31:50 Connect with Iris
    33:03 Endnotes

    If you’re enjoying the show, I’d be so grateful if you left us a review on iTunes so we can reach more moms, just like you. No one should be alone with the crushing overwhelm of trying to balance family and career life.
    Want more support from moms just like you? 
    Join us at facebook.com/groups/prosandbabes
    Be the first to access our free training on career and family life strategies, financial planning for moms, back-to-work planning, and more.
    Kinia Romanowska is a mother of two, wife, and award-winning journalist turned founder and CEO of Pros&Babes. She helps women in STEM, competitive, and corporate careers (and their employers) turn the "motherhood penalty" into their greatest advantage, through the MoMBA™ (Mom MBA), a 12-month hybrid group coaching, and 1-1 program.
    For more information, visit momba.prosandbabes.com

    • 34 min
    How to be an investor in local businesses: Opportunities for wealth-building while empowering those

    How to be an investor in local businesses: Opportunities for wealth-building while empowering those

    “It’s so important to get women into investing because it gives women the confidence to persevere. This will help with the next step in their journeys and they will be able to use this to carry them info other places and have the confidence to get what they want.”
    In this episode, Bryan Slauko cofounder at Metiquity joins founder and CEO Kinia Romanowska to talk about early-stage investing, how you can explore that opportunity and make a difference in the lives of local entrepreneurs.
    Tune in to this episode as Bryan discusses building growth for yourself while investing in the local economy.
    Bryan is a co-founder of Metiquity Ventures Fund, bringing over 20 years of experience as an investment professional, advisor, entrepreneur and director. Bryan has combined his expertise in investment analysis, market research, due diligence and early-stage growth equity with experience in business strategy, corporate governance and business building, to help unlock growth opportunities, create value and effectively manage risk for investors, early-stage companies and the communities he works in. Connect with Bryan through https://metiquity.ca/ or Linkedin.
    0:00 Intro
    0:35 Meet Bryan
    3:04 How different types of funds help entrepreneurs
    6:41 The types of opportunities to look for
    10:49 Opportunities to become an angel investor
    16:17 How to choose opportunities before you invest
    18:53 The world Bryan is building for his girls
    26:57 The hope for working women in the future
    34:38 Creating role models that reflect the ups and downs of being a working mother
    36:22 A case study from Bryan on investing
    45:13 Connect with Bryan
    46:32 Endnotes

    If you’re enjoying the show, I’d be so grateful if you left us a review on iTunes so we can reach more moms, just like you. No one should be alone with the crushing overwhelm of trying to balance family and career life.
    Want more support from moms just like you? 
    Join us at facebook.com/groups/prosandbabes
    Be the first to access our free training on career and family life strategies, financial planning for moms, back-to-work planning, and more.
    Kinia Romanowska is a mother of two, wife, and award-winning journalist turned founder and CEO of Pros&Babes. She helps women in STEM, competitive, and corporate careers (and their employers) turn the "motherhood penalty" into their greatest advantage, through the MoMBA™ (Mom MBA), a 12-month hybrid group coaching, and 1-1 program.
    For more information, visit momba.prosandbabes.com

    • 47 min
    Make your return to work smooth and confident by bringing support, resilience and structure

    Make your return to work smooth and confident by bringing support, resilience and structure

    In this episode, lawyer and working-parent advocate Lori Mihalich-Levin joins Kinia Romanowska to discuss the rituals and key conversations that can bring support, resilience, and structure into the delicate transition back to work after maternity leave. 
    Lori also offers key strategies for managing energy, honoring our needs, and staying grounded when hardly anything about life and work is normal and predictable.
    Listen in to glean insights and tips on cultivating mindfulness in your daily life and building supportive relationships at home and at work so you can make your return to work smooth and confident.
    Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD, health care lawyer at her own firm, The GME Group, PLLC., has poured her passion for empowering working parents into Mindful Return, a movement that helps new moms and dads navigate the uncertain terrain of working parenthood. Mother to two boys, she is also the author of the widely-acclaimed book “Back to Work After Baby: How to Plan and Navigate a Mindful Return from Maternity Leave,” and co-host of the Parents at Work Podcast.
    Connect with Lori and her Mindful Return program on Instagram @mindfulreturn and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/mindfulreturn 
    0:00 Intro
    3:04 How to make a “mindful return” 
    05:02 The Saturday basket: keeping chaos in one place
    6:27 Even if the world ends...I’ll be on point!
    8:42 “I’m the Chief bottle washer, you’re the Chief diaper changer:” sharing the domestic labor
    9.47 Responsibility-sharing is a never-ending conversation
    13:05 Micro tips for managing your energy
    14:44 Daily rituals that help us hit “pause,” shift pace and stay grounded
    20:36 Why self-care benefits our kids, too
    23:45 Me-time...in bulk!
    26:07 The top three things women must negotiate for work-life integration
    31:11 What new moms need to acknowledge if they want to succeed 
    33:18 The wisdom of hindsight: advice for new moms 
    37:22 What will your kids say about you in 25 years?

    If you’re enjoying the show, I’d be so grateful if you left us a review on iTunes so we can reach more moms, just like you. No one should be alone with the crushing overwhelm of trying to balance family and career life.
    Want more support from moms just like you? 
    Join us at facebook.com/groups/prosandbabes
    Be the first to access our free training on career and family life strategies, financial planning for moms, back-to-work planning, and more.
    Kinia Romanowska is a mother of two, wife, and award-winning journalist turned founder and CEO of Pros&Babes. She helps women in STEM, competitive, and corporate careers (and their employers) turn the "motherhood penalty" into their greatest advantage, through the MoMBA™ (Mom MBA), a 12-month hybrid group coaching, and 1-1 program.
    For more information, visit momba.prosandbabes.com

    • 46 min

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