Our community is comprised of entrepreneurs and artists and creatives – folks who have chosen incredibly difficult professional paths that often don’t offer any safety nets or guarantees. Nonetheless, we regularly hear that being a parent is a far greater challenge and so we asked some of these folks to open up to us about the things they’ve done as parents that they feel will have a meaningful and positive impact on their child.

Derek Amato | Acquired Savant

I’ve given them a strong understanding of compassion, empathy, and drive. Read more>>

Jennifer Kofler | Vivian Blooms, Owner & Creative Director

I am a parent. I absolutely love being a Mom. I also love having a dream I can share with my family. We tell stories at the dinner table about what is happening and what the next steps will be for Vivian Blooms.. Everyone has a say, usually just funny comments, but it is nice that we all have a backstage pass to the process and planning. The kids had gone with me from the beginning on adventures from Guangzhou, China to Hong Kong. We spend some weekends in the beginning traveling on the train back and forth from the mainland to Hong Kong for handmade sales. We faced multiple typhoons and other obstacles on the path to product viability. It has been a family experience everyone having stories to tell about our adventures and experiences. Read more>>

Pamela Davis | The Grazing Fox Founder

As far as work goes I believe in the importance of learning how to work hard. I watched, and continue to watch my parents work hard which I believe has instilled my love of work and my entrepreneurial spirit. My 6 year old often comes to work with me. He watches me work, asked questions, helps out, and is at my side for many, many deliveries. He is learning why and how we work, what kind of jobs are helping our community operate and he meets and interacts with the people working those jobs. It is important that he grows up knowing that the janitor is every bit as important as the CEO. Read more>>