Moms of Reinvention




Following its highly successful ROLE MOMMY: I NEED A PLAYDATE lecture series, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is pleased to announce a brand new Role Mommy session this fall. On Thursday, November 16, Role Mommy will feature Mothers of Reinvention - women who have reinvented their careers to strike a balance in their lives. The event will be moderated by WCBS-TV reporter Cindy Hsu, who also hosts "Family First," a regular series featuring advice for parents. The event will be hosted by Role Mommy founders, Yvette Manessis Corporon and Beth Feldman.

Role Mommy: Mothers of Reinvention will take place on Thursday, November 16 (6:00-8:00 pm). Panelists include: singer and actress Kassie DePaiva, star of the ABC daytime drama “One Life to Live”; Jeanne Fitzmaurice, former hotel industry executive who founded Design-Her Gals, an online custom stationery website with over 100,000 subscribers that was recently selected by Oprah Magazine’s popular “O List” and author Terry Martin Hekker, a former homemaker who completely changed her outlook on working motherhood after being served with divorce papers after 40 years of marriage. Hekker’s cautionary tale about giving up your career while raising a family and her late in life reinvention, received national attention after her editorial was published this year in the Sunday New York Times. Hekker’s daughter, Annie, currently vice president of marketing for the Fox Television Network, will also be featured at the event. In addition, Jennie Baird, executive director for AOL coaches will appear as an expert panelist.

Previous Role Mommy events at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan have included a variety of inspirational women who shared their personal experiences and insight into how they have managed to succeed at home and on the job. Panelists included: Pilar Guzman, editor-in-chief of the new parenting magazine Cookie, Dorothy Weber, entertainment attorney, daytime actress Martha Byrne, real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; Lisa Caputo, President of Women & Co., a division of Citigroup and Cindy Hsu, WCBS-TV news and parenting reporter.

The Role Mommy Mothers of Reinvention event will include complimentary cocktails, gift bags and amazing giveaway items at the end of the session provided by Swiffer, TeePeeForMe, Arbonne International, Pevonia Bontanica and Confetti Kidz among others. Complimentary issues of Parenting Magazine and Westchester Parent Magazine will also be provided.

Ask any working mother if she is a role model and she will first laugh in your face then look at you as if you were absolutely insane. No working mother will ever say that she is a role model. How could she be? Between the job, the kids, the house and the husband...she’s barely keeping it together, let alone helping anyone else with their problems. But the truth is, she is. Every working mother is a role model for other working mothers. She’s an inspiration, a source of advice, a springboard for ideas, a confidante to laugh with and a reality check to remind us that we are certainly not alone. The Role Mommy mantra is quite simple: A Role Mommy knows that helping our children realize their hopes and dreams doesn’t mean we have to give up on our own.

Role Mommy founders Yvette Corporon and Beth Feldman will be releasing their first book: Role Mommy: Peeing in Peace…Tales & Tips for Type A Moms” in the spring of 2007 by NK Publications. They have also contributed parenting segments to the WB11 morning news and have appeared on the WCBS-TV noon news.

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ROLE MOMMY has become an online coffee klatch for mothers who share great stories about how they are surviving and succeeding at home and on the job. By day, Emmy-winning television producer Yvette Corporon is currently an entertainment producer for the hit syndicated television show “Extra” and Beth Feldman is Vice President of the CBS Communications Group where she spearheads publicity campaigns for several divisions of the company.

CMOM presents a full range of events, activities, exhibits and special performances that are sure to delight children of all ages. For details on all of CMOM’s programs, visitors should go to or call 212.721.1223.

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is committed to meeting important needs that children and families face. Through interactive exhibitions and programs that reach deep into the community, the Museum serves New Yorkers from all backgrounds.

Founded in 1973, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) is New York City’s leading cultural institution dedicated solely to the family audience. CMOM inspires children and their families to learn about themselves and a culturally diverse world through unique interactive exhibitions and programs.

CMOM is a private, not-for-profit institution located in the Tisch Building at 212 West 83rd Street between Broadway and Amsterdam on Manhattan's kid-friendly Upper West Side.

If you are interested in attending our ROLE MOMMY MOTHERS OF REINVENTION event, please send us an email at Spaces fill up pretty quickly so email us now and reserve your seat today!

To watch an online video of one of our previous Role Mommy events, Click Here.


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