By Brittany Maroney / Photo by Claudia Johnstone
Kendra Clark believes that every mother deserves a little mothering, too. As a mother of four herself – as well as a grandmother and certified physician assistant – Clark could be called an expert on that fact. It’s been her experience that too few women get the help and reassurance they actually need, which is why she created Everything Mother, a community of women that offers free parenting education and resources to empower new mothers (and fathers).
“My intention with Everything Mother is to cultivate confidence, offer education and provide resources to new mothers in the postpartum period, and, frankly, as long as they might need it,” Clark says. “I believe when we empower mothers, we strengthen marriages, nurture children and fortify families.”
While Clark agrees that support for new mothers has always been a concern, today’s more connected environment makes it an even greater challenge. The advent of cell phones and social media amplifies the effect of isolation and challenges many new parents.
“Scottsdale is home to many amazing mothers who strive to cultivate a rich environment for their babies and children,” Clark says. “However, the reality is that many mamas suffer in silence and feel the need to compete with the ‘perfect’ image of their peers that are often portrayed on Facebook and other social media platforms. They see only the best others are experiencing, but that is often not reality.”
During Everything Mother sessions, participants are encouraged to stow away phones and focus on themselves. The group is an encouraging, judgement-free place where women share their personal stories, daily struggles, triumphs and tears. It’s also a place for women in any phase of parenthood, offering groups for everything from postpartum to working moms to empty nesters.
“Not all women are lucky enough to have the support system they deserve and that’s OK,” Clark says. “For those women, we are here and waiting with open arms. Get ready to feel the love.”
To learn more about Everything Mother, visit www.everythingmother.com.
By Gretchen Pahia / Photo by James Patrick
Motivation and success are two words that clearly describe businessman and former professional basketball star Peter “Gold” Ezugwu. After creating the youth athletic organization Future Stars International in 2010, Ezugwu then turned his focus from athletics to business empowerment by joining forces with a team of like-minded individuals to found PowerVision
Regardless of where someone is on their entrepreneurial journey, PowerVision helps people define what they want to do and how they’re going to do it. Rooted in community building and support, PowerVision seeks to help individuals and organizations achieve their fullest potential.
“We believe that everything starts with purpose, and that success starts with doing for others first – pay it forward,” Ezugwu says. “PowerVision’s entire leadership team has always been actively involved in volunteer leadership and models this continually.”
As the CEO and managing partner, Ezugwu says his goals behind PowerVision are multi-faceted, making sure everyone has the opportunity to prosper and grow.
“I believe that with systems, focus and discipline, entrepreneurs can take their vision for a business and make it a success,” he says. “I am passionate about helping people move into action and creating something they can grow.”
Currently, Ezugwu and PowerVision are working with a number of clients across varying industries Valley-wide, including several in Scottsdale. Ezugwu says there is no end to the number of people PowerVision will help.
“My vision is to help thousands of leaders move past their ‘stuck zones’ and create sustainable, scalable organizations.”
Ezugwu is no stranger to leading the charge and creating innovative ideas that drive and teach those around him. As a former professional athlete, he has been able to translate his achievements on the court into corporate America. In the near decade since entering the business world, Ezugwu has established himself as a successful entrepreneur, leading multiple companies and entrepreneurs to success, and ultimately helping others live their dreams of starting a business or growing one they already have.