Moms Making it Work: Meet the speakers for our inaugural Working Moms Conference

Missouri Business Alert will host its inaugural Working Moms Conference at 4 p.m. Thursday at the REDI event space in downtown Columbia. If you can’t attend in person, you can catch a live stream of the event, starting at 4:30 p.m. via this link.

The conference will focus on working moms’ challenges, opportunities, issues and lessons learned. It will feature the insights of four working moms:

Kristen Brown, Hoot Design Company

Kristen Brown, founder of Hoot Design Co., is a multitasker. Brown, whose Columbia-based business specializes in branding, web design and content marketing, talks to her best friend that lives in Switzerland while she works out in the mornings. Her 4-year-old daughter sits on her lap when she gets her nails done. She works nights and weekends while entertaining her kids, and all of this dichotomy is a result of the ultimate juggling act: being a working mom. Read more

Tammy Byington, First Chance for Children

Tammy Byington was devastated when her son made his first s’mores at daycare without her. Byington, a mother of two, is the director of parent education programming at First Chance for Children, a Columbia nonprofit focused on early childhood development. Also a grandmother now, Byington knows the struggles – and the joys – of being a working mom. Read more

Dana Malstaff, Boss Mom

Dana Malstaff is the founder of Boss Mom, an organization that works to help women nurture their businesses and children simultaneously. Malstaff, who’s based in San Diego, is a mother of two, and she can sum up the biggest challenge of being a working mom in one word: guilt. Read more



Arminta Phelps, Achieve Balance Chiropractic

Dr. Arminta Phelps, a chiropractor and the owner of Columbia’s Achieve Balance Chiropractic, has been a working mom for almost a decade. Phelps opened her business when her son was a newborn, and for the first six years of his life, she was a single mom. Today, Phelps is married, and she remains the primary breadwinner of her household – a role she has come to love. Read more