A Discussion on Motherhood, Entrepreneurship, and Changing Career Course In Pursuit of Following Your Heart
In talking with Karen Saunders, it’s easy to feel her kind and modest demeanor from a distance. It’s also easy to sense that she’s logical, level-headed and calculated (in all the right ways) even though our correspondences have been mostly over the phone and in the digital space. Sometimes, life leads us down paths that push us out of our comfort zones for reasons we can’t quite understand or control. This is what I love about Karen’s story.
Her experiences of watching her two newborn baby girls brought to full term in the NICU caused her to have a change of heart in her finance career. She took a big risk to save the beloved local baby boutique Bambinos from going out of business. Her journey as both an entrepreneur and a mother is a great example of how to lean into life’s circumstances and listen to what your heart is telling you, even if the leap into your next endeavor isn’t as calculated or as meticulously planned as you would have hoped. Because there’s usually something beautifully fulfilling that’s waiting on the other side.
Where did you go to college, what did you study, and what was your first job when you graduated?
In your early twenties, what was the future dream career you envisioned for yourself?
How did a background in the banking industry prepare you for a career as an entrepreneur and business owner?
What was the turning point in your finance career that set you on the path to owning your business?
How did the experience of having two children in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) inspire you to use your corporate business management skills to take over a children’s clothing store?
How do you manage career-family balance as a mother of two and a business owner?
Does your husband have any involvement in the Bambinos brand and product development?
What is the philanthropic arm of the Bambinos brand and business?
What areas of growth are you most excited about as you plan for the future of Bambinos?
If you could have lunch with any woman in the world, (living or deceased) who would it be and why?