Jill Salzman launched The Founding Moms in 2010 to give mom entrepreneurs a way to network through offline monthly meetups and online resources.
Since then, the organization has grown to include more than 8,500 members in 46 cities across 10 countries, Salzman said. The Founding Moms’ Exchange Chicago has more than 600 members.
“The heart and soul of our organization is those meetups,” Salzman said. Topics range from elevator pitches and branding to business headshots and “tech-life balance,” and some events provide free childcare.
This fall, Salzman will be taking Founding Moms to a new place: Online.
The paid platform will host video courses, members-only forums, guidance and access to entrepreneurial activities. “We’ll finally have a place to convene online,” she said.
She is a co-host of WGN’s podcast “Breaking Down Your Business” and the author of “Found It: A Field Guide for Mom Entrepreneurs.”
Before launching The Founding Moms she created The Bumble Brand, a baby jewelry company, in 2007. Salzman sold the company in 2011.
She has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a law degree from Southwestern University School of Law.