Making Friends: A Few Helpful Strategies — Episode #084

Maintaining meaningful friendships as adults can be a challenge, but you can take a proactive approach: yes, it takes work and commitment, but the benefits far outweigh the initial discomfort of putting yourself out there.

Cultivating Adult Female Friendships — Episode #083 With Co-Host Cary Fortin (The Friendship Series)

If you are working parent, chances are that career and family dominate your time and attention. So how do you make time to build new female friendships? Co-host Cary Fortin and I discuss how to foster existing relationships, start new ones and decide when it’s time to call it quits on a friendship that isn’t working anymore.

Doing Less in Business — Episode #082 With Co-Host Cary Fortin (The Friendship Series)

In planning for my second pregnancy, I thought about designing a business in Startup Pregnant that would serve my life: I got strategic about doing less.

Honest Conversations About the Hard Things — Episode #081 With Co-Host Cary Fortin (The Friendship Series)

While on maternity leave, I am sharing some honest conversations with one of my best friends, Cary Fortin, through our new Friendship Series.

Caffeine, Alcohol, and Television: What’s True? — Episode #080 With Emily Oster

Is it really the end of the world to have a cup of coffee in the morning? How about wine? When economist Emily Oster got pregnant, she also got curious about the advice she was getting. Some recommendations were based on her age alone, and sometimes she found it difficult to get any answers at all. So, she started digging into the data.

Fostering a Community of Breastfeeding & Pumping Mamas — Episode #079 With Amy VanHaren

Amy VanHaren uncovered a need in her personal life, and a creative idea was born. While she loved breastfeeding, Amy had no choice but to get back to work six weeks after her son was born.

Loving Yourself, Mental Health, Starting a Business — Episode #078 With Mason Aid

Learning to love yourself is a process, and for Mason Aid, it began when they came out as gender queer. Mason joins me to share their parenting journey.

A Kind of Freedom — Episode #077 with Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

How do you give yourself the freedom to pursue something you love? Margaret Wilkerson Sexton was working at a prestigious law firm when she took that leap.

ABOUT THE SHOW

The Startup Pregnant Podcast features interviews with pioneering women entrepreneurs, exceptional leaders, and new parents as they navigate what it takes to grow families and grow companies.

On this podcast, host and entrepreneur Sarah K Peck invites us to listen to stories of motherhood and startups, and what it means to create these new things from scratch. We take you behind-the-scenes in the lives of women throughout the journeys into pregnancy, birth, and business.

We hear from highly successful women (as well as co-parents and fathers) about the growing pains and collective wisdom they’ve gained by bringing new creations—whether businesses or children or both— to life. There isn’t one narrative for success: the show’s widely varying guests remind us that there isn’t just one story or one path to make your way in this world. Let’s get inspired to reinvent and reimagine what work and parenting can look like.

There is more than one story of motherhood, and more than one way to run a successful business. “Startup Pregnant” is about the deep-rooted power that growing businesses and babies requires, and about what happens at the intersection of parenting and work—what life really is. When we take on the adventures of raising businesses and babies, we go on a wild journey as people, professionals, and parents. That’s what this show is all about.

“I think that this podcast is at the forefront of a movement to redefine the requirements of work. As mothers, parents, and humans, we can’t continue to pretend at work that we don’t have a personal life, and the most valuable members of the workforce are starting to demand the flexibility to acknowledge both. I love hearing the real-life, nitty-gritty details of how various modern women are creating a setup that truly works for them in these interviews.”

Dacy Gillepsie

Founder, Mindful Closet

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MEET SOME OF OUR PAST GUESTS:

This podcast is like the mentor or older sister you wish you had, with stories from modern women carving out a new vision of work, career, and family. 

Meet Sarah K. Peck, the show host:

Sarah K Peck is an author, startup advisor, and yoga teacher based in New York City. She’s the founder and executive director of Startup Pregnant, a media company documenting the stories of women’s leadership across work and family. She’s a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200), a 20-time All-American swimmer, and an entrepreneur. Her writing and work has been featured in more than 70 different blogs and publications, and she’s spoken at Harvard, Penn, Berkeley, the University of Virginia, and at conferences around the globe. She’s currently writing a memoir of working in the tech startup world while pregnant with her first kid.

Our wide range of guests join us in a conversation with truthful, honest stories about what it really looks like to be a parent and run a business.

GUIDING BELIEFS:

The podcast looks at deep human questions around what it means to become a parent, grow a business, deal with success, and learn from failure. Motherhood, fatherhood, parenting, startups, and entrepreneurship are similar in so many ways, and this show gives us a chance to learn from these profound life-transforming journeys. 

“In My Experience,” — the Startup Pregnant mantra of collecting stories from one lens of experience, rather than attempt to tell widespread truths to apply to everyone.

“Teach me” — when we don’t know something, we embrace learning readily and we aren’t afraid of failure, looking messy, or being wrong.

“Good for you. Not for me.” — Amy Poehler — we can make many different decisions and there is no one right way to do it. Across it all we thread together the collective wisdom from birthing new projects and forging new identities, one story or experience at a time.

“You don’t have to do things the way they’ve always been done.” — We cultivate a curiosity around experimentation, exploration, and change. Just because it’s always been done one way, doesn’t mean we have to do it that way going forward.

SPONSOR THE PODCAST:

Become one of the backers of our show or sponsor an entire episode here.

Become a podcast show sponsor today. We work with great companies and individuals to bring this show to life. You can support us through a $4/month “coffee” contribution or sponsor entire episodes. Head to our Patreon page to find out how to become a backer of the show. Some of our earliest supporters and backers include: Taskerly and Aeroflow Breastpumps, our first Master Patrons, and MeetEdgar and Fastrope Lab, our first Podcast Monthly Show Sponsors!

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