Join us for an honest, in depth, real conversation on balancing motherhood and career on a daily basis. This diverse and fabulous group of women will share and compare journeys, choices and outlooks on how they’re leading their lives — achieving balance at times — and struggling to find it at other points. Whether you’re mother, or planning to be one, this session looks at what it means to lead a full, balanced life.
Cocoa Brown is an Actress, Comedian, and Mom as seen in Tyler Perry's "The Single Moms Club" and "For Better or Worse."
Tomiko Fraser Hines
Multi-hyphenate Tomiko Fraser Hines is often approached on the street by people who say, “You look familiar.” Having acted as a spokesperson and face of Maybelline New York for 8 years—an unprecedented achievement for any model and a first for an African-American model—Tomiko has been featured on countless billboards, magazine ads & commercials on behalf of the cosmetics brand.
In addition to Maybelline New York, Tomiko has appeared in print and television campaigns for brands, including: Tommy Hilfiger, Alfani, The Gap, Old Navy, Lee Jeans & Target and she has graced the pages of magazines around the world, including: German Vogue, Glamour, British Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Essence, and Elle. She has also appeared in movies and television series, including: her feature film debut opposite Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Monica Potter in Head Over Heels; a part in, Monster-In-Law, starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda; guest starring roles on Soul Food;CSI; The Game; and a role as a judge on the NuvoTV hit, Model Latina Las Vegas. Tomiko will star in the upcoming film I Really Hate My Ex, directed by Troy Beyer Bailey due out in theaters in 2014.
Embracing the power of her role as a model and actor, Tomiko used the platform to passionately champion women’s empowerment throughTomiko Fraser’s Goddess Gathering—a movement aimed at helping women discover, develop & demonstrate their most empowered selves – their inner Goddess. As Tomiko’s focus has shifted to motherhood, The Gathering has since concluded, yet Tomiko offers personal coaching sessions to those interested in personal development. She writes a bi-weekly column entitled “Momma Goddess™” for Mommynoire.com.
When faced with infertility issues, Tomiko chose to share her story openly and honestly with the public. As a result, she receives numerous requests to speak and messages from women with similar stories who are inspired by her courage. Her goal is to continue to bring awareness to infertility.
Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she currently resides in Los Angeles—where she plays her most passionate role yet—mother to twins Kaden and Bryce and wife to her husband Chris.
Kellie is an actress, producer and director. She was nominated for an Emmy for her work as Becca Thatcher on Life Goes On. She appeared for two seasons as Lucy Knight on ER and played the title roles in Christy and Mystery Woman. She has written, produced, and directed for television. Kellie’s serves as spokesperson and advocate for the Autoimmune Disease Association and she owns the online children’s boutique ROMPstore.com. She graduated with honors in Art History from Yale University.
Check in with ROMP, an online store for classic and handmade kids toys and décor. No batteries, no plastic, all unplugged! We’re inspired by children and their work, which is play!
Maintaining a blog and a website takes time and commitment, especially when the focus is food. Follow me around for a week and you’ll see me scouring local farmer’s markets for the season’s freshest produce, working in my organic garden, and testing recipes in the kitchen with my toughest critics, my son, Kenya (4), and daughter, Chloe (2). Why do I have such a love affair with food? It’s been in my blood for as long as I can remember.
I grew up in Louisville, KY and, thanks to my parents and grandparents, had an understanding very early on of the impact food has on our health and well-being. I was taught to respect food and learned about gardening, composting, canning, and shopping at u-pick farms and farmer’s markets; traditions I’m passing along to my kids.
I started modeling in my teens and soon found myself traveling the world, spending every spare second learning about and experiencing the local cuisines. Craving more, I saved up my money and enrolled at The Institute for Culinary Education in Manhattan.
Fast forward a few years, I got married and had my beautiful baby boy, Kenya. When he was ready to start solid foods, I spent hours on the internet researching feeding tips and fresh, healthy recipe ideas, but came up short. I found myself having conversations with friends who struggled with the same issues and I quickly became their go-to girl for baby and child-friendly recipes. I believed that if it helped them, then there just might be a lot of new moms out there looking for the same guidance. That was my “aha!” moment…and my next baby, weelicious.com, was born.
Dr. Zelana Montminy
Dr. Zelana Montminy has a unique fusion of expertise in the areas of psychology, health, and the media. She is a pioneer in positive health, an emerging field focusing on using positive psychology to promote a lifestyle of healthy nutrition and fitness. She holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Health, and also has a Certification in Nutrition. Her doctoral study and research is at the forefront of ground breaking new science, exploring the relationship between happiness, optimism and healthful eating behavior.
Dr. Z, as she is known to her clients and viewers, has dedicated her work to bringing this life changing research on lifestyle optimization to the masses. She is currently on-camera reporting, writing, and producing health and wellness content for the PopSugar Network, a leading lifestyle destination with over 40 million monthly unique visitors. Dr. Z also is the Health & Wellness Reporter for POPSUGAR NOW on the TV Guide Network, appearing several times a week on the television show. She regularly appears as a wellness expert on other media outlets as well, most recently on Good Morning America and The Today Show, and has shared the stage with other leaders in the field, including Dr. Oz, Jane Fonda, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Bob Harper to name a few. Dr. Z has been a featured expert in a variety of top national magazines as well such as Fit Pregnancy, Psychology Today, Redbook and Shape.
In addition to her extensive work in the media, Dr. Z frequently speaks at conferences and various academic, business, and non-profit institutions on topics such as Positive Psychology and how to reinvent one’s relationship with food. She advises corporate clients and food retailers on the psychology of food, healthful menu choices, and brand development for lifestyles of health and wellness. Dr. Z has also partnered with a variety of leading consumer brands for sponsorship and ambassador roles that are consistent with her healthy living philosophy. Additionally, she works with individual clients on how to improve mood and behavior through positive eating habits. Her latest project is a unique pregnancy related fitness and nutrition DVD series called Healthy, Fit, Happy Mom produced by one of the premier fitness production studios in America.
Dr. Z is a member of the American Psychological Association, a consultant for the Institute for Applied Positive Research, and serves on several boards, including the Las Virgenes Chapter as well as the Pacific Region of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), and the Program Advisory Board of the Respect Institute. An avid traveler, Dr. Z speaks five languages and has enjoyed living abroad. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.