By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, [email protected]
Business Name: Mompreneur and Me
Owner: Christine Michel Carter
What: “Mompreneur and Me,” is an advocacy network that hosts events primarily for mothers of color, founded by Christine Michel Carter, a writer, entrepreneur and mother.
“Women are responsible for 40 percent of household chores, which includes childcare, but more women are entering the workforce,” Carter said. “So, they really don’t have the opportunity to have any resources to close the gender pay gap, to find opportunities to have sponsors, to network, to have mentorship or anything because they’re worried about their children…So, I created this event so that they could build a network, but have childcare on-site and not feel guilty about being away from their kids and then have a part of it where they are spending time with the kids too.”
The first Mompreneur and Me event of 2019 was last month in Washington, D.C. Mothers participated in yoga and cooking classes and professional development classes, while their children were nearby in childcare. A subsequent event in Arlington, Va., was supported by McDonald’s, MOM’s Organic Market, SUJA Juice, Real Food Bar, Slay Like a Mother and FlexJobs. The next Mompreneur and Me event is scheduled in Philadelphia, Pa., June 23.