Kris Jenner, Jonetta Patton (Usher Raymond’s mom), and Mama Knowles may be the first to come to mind when you hear the term momager, but they certainly are not the only ones working towards the success of their children.
Local communications expert, founder of Booked Enterprise and #momboss extraordinaire, Winnie Elizabeth, recently hosted a Momagers Day Class at the CIC @ CET building in St. Louis, MO. What is a Momager you ask? A Momager serves in the role of a business manager over their child(rens) business. While the day class consisted of both novice and veteran momagers, they could all relate to one another when discussing the highs and lows of merging business and family life with their children.
The intimate afternoon began with a warm welcome from Tamara Robinson, entrepreneur and co-author of #MomBoss. The atmosphere was set with each attendee sharing a little bit about themselves and their story – including and outside of motherhood; Followed by the first speaker of the afternoon, Jaqui Rogers, Founder of Mama2Mama, LLC and Co-Founder & Co-Organizer of the Crooked Room Conference.
Jaqui’s area of expertise centers around the education sector and highlights the notion that education occurs beyond the four walls of a school building. She is a natural facilitator with a heart for service.
Moms were tasked with identifying their tribe – uniquely defined by everyone – and share the characteristics of their ideal tribe. Needless to say, this opened up an impromptu exchange of stories, contacts, hugs & tears.
Arriel Biggs is one to ask, “what don’t you do?” She’s a non-profit expert, manager of her son’s many entrepreneurial endeavors, co-author of #MomBoss and a cancer survivor. She is regarded as the veteran of the group with years of industry expertise that she is willing and ready to share when asked.
The brain behind the day class, Winnie Elizabeth, commanded eyes to the front when she gathered a chair and centered herself to the room. Most known as the mother of Sidney Keys III, the founder of an all boys book club focused on encouraging literacy amongst young African-American males titled Books N Bros, LLC. Books N Bros has garnered much press and national attention but many aren’t so familiar with the hard-working hands that have helped the book club excel to its current state.
Winnie held nothing back with highlighting her boss moments, accolades, and areas of expertise, but was just as candid with sharing her challenging moments, bouts with depression, and getting her car repossessed when Books N Bros was at the height of its success. Even in her most vulnerable moments, as I am sure many mothers can relate, she is grateful for those seasons and for the opportunity to share her story with other entrepreneurial mothers who may be feeling doubt or discouragement throughout the journey.
The afternoon came full-circle with a much needed word from therapist Richelle Moore who said, “It is ok, to not be ok sometimes.” The entrepreneurial journey and the parenting journey are challenging within their own rights so to combine the two is not a task for the faint at heart. Richelle reiterated the importance of moms taking care of themselves first and foremost, with our mental health being just as important as the endeavors we are embarking on.
This day class has now become a shared experience amongst all the ladies and they can now look back on what they’ve learned for reference and look to each other for insight, suggestions, and support.Thank you Winnie for creating this space for women who are invested in the success of not only their children but themselves as well. As a mother to a 9-year-old with her own goals and ambitions, I am grateful to have been in a space with moms who have been in the game for a minute and willing to share the ins, out, ups and downs of the momager journey.
Check out what all the speakers of the Momager Day Class are up to.