Meet Featured Sister Laura Johnson

Laura JohnsonLaura learned the hard way that there are no guarantees in the corporate world. So she did what many women do – she created a business of her own, where she could call the shots. Now she uses her gifts to help other women in transition.

Meet Featured Sister Laura Johnson

Business Name: Hummingbird Wealth Management

Business Description: Financial Planning and Investment Management Firm

Laura’s Story: 

I started with a local bank as a teller in 1985. I worked for them through 12/12/12, when I was fired. It was an eye opener after 27 years. I was always honest, very hardworking, moral, and represented the company very well. In the end they didn’t stand by me the way I stood by them. Starting my own investment firm (this is what I did for the bank since 1999) was a simple decision. Unfortunately, I was unable to bring as many clients with me as I had hoped. However, this has been a blessing – I have been able to build my business with the type of people that I know I can have a long-term relationship and one in which we share the same visions, goals, and outlook on life. I primarily work with women in “struggle” – usually due to death of their spouse, or a divorce. I genuinely care about my clients, their families, and their futures and have been able to witness life accomplishments with man of my clients.
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Do You Belong Here? A Peek Inside the Sisterhood of Christian Mompreneurs

Survey Results IGOne of the things I love most about what I do is getting to know some pretty fabulous women. When I stepped out in faith to create the International Christian Mompreneur Network, I was placing a call for help. I was reaching out to other moms just like me who were feeling overwhelmed and isolated as they juggled the challenges and joys of running a business while raising a family. These ladies answered my call for help and formed an extraordinary circle of support and encouragement for me and for one another. They’ve developed friendships as they’ve grown their businesses.

But lots of women wonder if they will fit in. They send me emails saying:

“My children are all grown and out of the house. Am I too old to join?”

Or…

“I don’t really have a business…it’s more of an idea right now. Can I still belong?”

Or…

“I’ve got a J-O-B but I hope to start my business soon. Is this the place for me?”

My answer is YES! Of course, you belong here! But sometimes it’s good to see the data – so you can really learn about the women God has placed in our lives. So, here’s a peek inside our circle.

The ladies in the Sisterhood of Christian Mompreneurs:

  • Live in 21 different states in the United States and one Canadian city.
  • Are older than you might think, with 57% of us in our 40s.
  • Have 2 or 3 children living at home – some more, some less.
  • Want to learn about a variety of different topics to help grow their business or ministry.
  • Take advantage of our private Facebook group for networking and support as well as our monthly group calls, opportunities to promote their businesses, training webinars and more.

(Keep in mind, these are just the ladies in our Sisterhood group. The full membership of the International Christian Mompreneur Network is even more diverse – with members from all over the world including Australia, United Kingdom, India, Philippines, Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Nigeria and more!) [Read more...]

Meet Featured Member Steph Calvert

steph-calvert-by-natalie-moser-photography-2-square-350One of the things I love most about TypeA Parent conferences is the warm and welcoming attitude of the organizers, speakers and other attendees. Steph Calvert is no exception. She was the friendly face I sat down next to during a hands-on workshop about creating a media kit. Lucky for me, Steph’s a talented graphic designer! Instead of taking notes, she was writing and designing her kit during the workshop as the speaker covered each step. It was fascinating to watch her work and see what she could accomplish in a two-hour session that left me with nothing but a notebook full of tasks that it took me months to decipher and execute after returning home. 

Meet Featured Member Steph Calvert 

Business Name: Hearts and Laserbeams

Business Description: We work with small businesses looking to take their web design, graphic design, and illustration projects to the next level.

Steph’s Story:  Hearts and Laserbeams has been around since late 2006. It started as an indie crafting venture on Etsy, a side project outside my full-time graphic design work where I could create funny, light-hearted one of a kind art pieces. My husband and I sold my crafts at a variety of shows across southern California, from Felt Club and Bazaar Bizarre to Unique LA and Patchwork.

Design for my own clients has always been a part of the business, but in the beginning it took a back burner. I saw Hearts and Laserbeams as a creative outlet outside of work.

In 2010, everything changed. My husband and I found out we were expecting our son, Phil. I was working full time as a t-shirt graphic designer & illustrator in downtown Los Angeles. As someone who had a vast amount of design experience, I was able to negotiate a 100% telecommuting setup to eliminate the long train commute from Long Beach to downtown LA. The setup began months before I went on maternity leave. My art director loved my work; my designs were getting the company sales at stores like Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters. Life was good. No. Life was *great*.

I went on maternity leave and came back to a position that was vastly different from the one I left behind. I returned to a new art director who hated my telecommuting status, no matter how well it worked. She made it extremely clear how much she disliked me because of it from the second I started working for her.  Working for this new unprofessional art director was a horrible fit. The stress it put on me and my family… with a newborn… I couldn’t stay there and I knew it. Something had to change immediately. [Read more...]