On Being an Entrepreneur Mom: The Inside Story

There’s no better picture to sum up this year’s entrepreneur mom journey. My kids are in it with me and I with them. Seb (8) is the self-declared Chief Marketing Officer (he loves to say CMO)….he tells everyone he meets about how I can help them become better leaders. Ben (19) is a bit more subtle, but is kicking beneath the surface getting it done as the LGL Summer Intern (be sure to tune in on Friday for the Frontline Festival for which he’s an integral part).  I don’t normally dedicate a whole post to a podcast Interview, but my interview with Mary Kathryn Johnson of Parent Entrepreneur summed up the story so well, I felt it would be useful for any working parent… not just entrepreneurs. Listen Here

Why the Pic Describes the Entrepreneurial Mom Journey.

This pic was taken just before the 3 of us sang a customized-lyrics-changed rendition of Sunrise Sunset for my parents 50th anniversary party this weekend. Here’s how the pic’s a metaphor for the journey.

  • It’s not easy (Seb’s broken arm)
  • Ben’s always helping.
  • It’s not elegant (I realized the new dress shirt didn’t fit over the cast, and in the mode of just about to give a party… hacked off the sleeve).  Real Simple had a solution if I had more than 3 minutes to Google.  Plus notice the stains on his face (lovely, I know… don’t tell Martha).
  • We didn’t have enough rehearsals.
  • Thank God for clutch players.
  • We worked as a team.
  • We made important and meaningful connection.
  • We listened and blended.
  • There was joy in the song, for the singers and for those we were hoping to touch.

Thanks for being on this journey as we work together to make a joyful noise.

Namaste. P.S. If you’re interested in leadership and parenting, you can also download our FREE ebook, A Parent’s Guide to Leadership from the sidebar. For more of our family’s extended shenanigans. hr-0487-519-762--0487519762016

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Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt, is CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and a former Verizon Wireless executive. Karin was named on Inc.’s list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference, the American Management Association List of 50 Leaders to Watch, and as a Trust Across America Top Thought Leader in Trust. She’s the award-winning author of two books, Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results— Without Losing Your Soul, and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss. She’s regularly featured in business publications including Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Inc.


  1. Thank you Karin for giving us a glimpse into your “mom entrepreneur” world! What a beautiful family and how lucky your sons are to have you leading and empowering them! Love, love the pic!!!

    My daughters play a pivotal role in my leadership journey as well! They tell me the truth and provide me with profound perspective. Interestingly, they both bring the drive, love of people and positivity to their careers as I do.

    Enjoy your troops and happy 50th to your parents!

  2. Tonight I’m taking my 27 year old daughter to a Justin Timberlake concert.

    She and I will be movin and a groovin to JT’s string of hits.

    She knows I’m crazy, childlike, and all about having fun.

    I’m modeling the way.

  3. I so enjoyed our chat on Parent Entrepreneur Power, Karin, and what a wonderful way to share your Parent Entrepreneurial Journey with your Let’s Grow Leaders community – Love the pic!

    Thank you for spending time with me, and sharing your hard-won lessons with other Parent Entrepreneurs also walking this path. It is a difficult, yet beautifully rewarding journey all of us navigate when we choose this crazy entrepreneurial life.

    Enjoy the Journey ~

    • It was so awesome to talk with you. Thanks for the opportunity. I’m enjoying every minute. Namaste.

  4. What a great photo, Karin!

    You and your family look so happy…thanks for sharing such a joyful moment. I always love hearing about mom entrepreneurial experiences!

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