Learn more about amazing momma & Founder of Bump Club & Beyond, Lindsay Spolan Pinchuk
Name: Lindsay Spolan Pinchuk
Kid(s): Jordyn, 8 and Lila, 5
Official work title and company: Founder, Bump Club and Beyond
Location: Live in Northbrook, IL, office is in Chicago, IL
Tell us more about your company. (How you got started, where did the idea come from, how it has grown to the success it is today, etc.)
Bump Club and Beyond (BCB) connects parents and parents-to-be across the country with the best products, resources, information and each other both online and through hundreds of premier events in 30+ cities.
When I was expecting my daughter Jordyn, most of my friends weren’t pregnant yet. I wanted and neededto find other women who were expecting. I had so many questions and with no family here in Chicago, it was important to me to build a community for my family. BCB started as a workout at what is now SALT Fitness in Bucktown, and a shopping event at Preggers, a maternity store that used to be in 900 North Michigan Avenue. At the time, nine years ago, there were no business Facebook pages. So I spread the word to my email contacts and on my personal page. We had over 50 women attend each event, to which many asked afterwards: what’s next?
With a background in marketing and advertising I started creating more educational events and selling sponsorships---driving revenue and making BCB an actual business. What started here in Chicago is now hundreds of events nationwide and a very engaged online community. I am very proud to say that on January 1, 2019 BCB was acquired by Brand Connections, an Advantage Marketing Solutions Partner. My entire team came over to the new company with the acquisition, and I am still in charge of the business----only now we have many more resources at our fingertips. While I wouldn’t give up anything from the last nine years, I am so excited about this new chapter and where it can take the BCB brand. My goal is to make it a household name and bring our information and resources to even more parents and parents-to-be across the country.
What has been your biggest challenge as a working mom? Your biggest reward?
My biggest challenge is time. It sounds cliché, but there just is never enough. There is always something else that needs to be done. Whether it’s work, something with the girls, my husband or finding time for me---I have a running to do list. I’ve learned to delegate more (in every aspect of my life) and that has helped me to overcome this slightly.
My biggest reward has been the example I am setting for my girls. I want them to know that they can DO anything they put their minds to and they can BE anything they want to be. One day I came home and overheard my daughter playing “Bump Club.” She was saying. “Here’s the speaker, and the dinner---make sure you take good notes. Oh, and we’re going to give away prizes too!” (And she pointed to her doll stroller which she proudly displayed at the front of her set up.) It was then that I really knew I was doing something right.
Where do you think working mom guilt comes from and how can women overcome it?
I have to be very honest (and I think I said this at the Chaotic Commute Power Lunch I spoke at last fall)---I really don’t have that much mom guilt. I love my job and wouldn’t trade the experiences it affords me for anything. Admittedly I have had more guilt recently as my daughters are more involved in activities and recognize more when I cannot be there. BUT overall, I really try hard to be in the moment regardless of where I am. If I am working out: I focus on the work out. If I am at work: I set my mind on the project, I am working on or the event I am running. When I am with my kids: I am theirs. I very much try to put my phone away when I am with them and just be present for them.
I think that women need to own their decisions, be content with them and be in the moment more. There’s no need to beat yourself up. At BCB we always say: Your best is good enough. I truly believe this and know that I am doing my best. I think we all need to own that mantra a little more.
What have you found to be the motivations and benefits for women that take on the extra stress and time crunch of combining work and family?
It might sound crazy, but I am one of those people who functions better under pressure. I always say: I get sh&t done. I just do. For me, having to balance work and family forces me to keep a calendar and stay organized. This is just how I am wired. I WANT to work and know that FOR ME this is the right decision.
For me, the benefits have been the ability to afford my family opportunities (not just financial) through the work that I do. I also have made so many friends through work---both through the families who patronize BCB and through colleagues who have become friends. My family has benefitted greatly through the BCB community, which is truly a perk that can be found no where else.
What would be your time-saving tip for your fellow working moms?
Ask for help and delegate. It’s ok. No one is going to judge you. If you delegate and are smart with your time, saving little bits here and there---you’ll end up saving a whole lot and can do something like go for a manicure or drinks with your girlfriends with what’s left over.
Who or what gives you your daily dose of inspiration?
My kids. Everything I do I do for them. Every decision---work and professional---for the most part---keeps them in mind. They inspire me to the best person I can be, stay strong and keep my head held high. Their minds are like sponges and they see and hear everything. I try very hard to lead by example.
What advice would you give to other working moms when it comes to balancing a career, family, and self-care?
You have to weigh what is most important to you. You can’t do everything, you just can’t. It’s OK to say no. People have to and will understand. In the last nine years I have gotten a lot better at saying, “No.” I am ok with it.
Bonus: Do you have a favorite quote? Share with us if so!
I have a lot of favorite quotes, but this one has always been one of my favorites and I think speaks a lot to who I am. (Sorry for the language.)
You should give a F&%$.
You really should.
But only about things that set your soul on fire and get you to where you wanna be in life.
Save your F#@$S for magical sh&t.